Tausch Set to Walk On at Texas Tech

Tanner Tausch's arrival will help alleviate some depth problems at the quarterback position after the departures of Clayton Nicholas and Baker Mayfield in December.

Kilgore Junior College quarterback Tanner Tausch will enroll at Texas Tech this spring as a walk on.

Tausch joins Davis Webb and Michael Brewer as the only quarterbacks on the roster. He said Thursday that he's excited for the opportunity and expects to hit campus on Sunday.

"I like the style of play, the offense; everything Coach Kingsbury does on offense is pretty creative," Tausch said. "It's a fast tempo and if you like to throw the football and run the show, it's a fun offense to try and learn. Tech's a good school and competes every year in the Big 12."

Tausch passed for 1,278 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in six games this season at Kilgore Junior College, which included a 343-yard, three-score performance in a 31-6 victory over Cisco College on Sept. 28. He said he has grown a lot in the two seasons at Kilgore.

"I've gotten a lot stronger, I've gotten a lot more athletic," Tausch said. "I'd really say my mental approach to the game has improved the most. Coach (J.J.) Eckert out at Kilgore really taught me a lot about the game and really helped me mature and grow as a leader of the football team."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal caller threw for 1,962 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions his senior year at Keller Central High School. Tausch, along with cornerback/receiver Zack Sancehz, now at Oklahoma and offensive lineman Simon Goines, now at UCLA, led the Chargers to an 8-3 record and their first ever playoff berth in 2011.

"We're all still a pretty close group," Tausch said. "We take pride in the fact we accomplished a lot of firsts at Central High School."

When asked about Texas Tech's recent success with walk-on quarterbacks, Tausch took the high road.

"I'm just looking at going in there and trying to get better every day and be the best football player I can be," Tausch said. "Obviously starting is a goal that I have, but I would just be foolish and kind of ahead of myself to expect to go in and start. All I expect is to work hard and do the best to learn the offense and contribute in any way I can."

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