Kansas Quarterback Ryan Willis Transferring to Virginia Tech

Ryan Willis
Ryan Willis (photo: Associated Press)

Virginia Tech has added another quarterback to the mix, as Dennis Dodd from CBSSports.com is reporting that Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis is transferring to Blacksburg.

Willis will enroll at Virginia Tech for this spring semester, but will not be on scholarship. Instead, he will walk-on.

Willis, who finished his sophomore season in 2016, has thrown for 2,530 yards in 432 pass attempts, totaling 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Willis played for most of his freshman season at Kansas, but was benched halfway through this season after struggling in consecutive games vs. TCU and Baylor.

Virginia Tech’s quarterback room will be quite full this spring. With the additions of Willis and AJ Bush, the Hokies will now have several quarterbacks on the roster. Redshirt-freshman Josh Jackson and true-freshman Hendon Hooker will join Willis and Bush, as will walk-ons Jack Click and Chase Mummau.

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  1. The article does not address the question that is on everyone’s mind; is he eligible to play in 2017? It’s disappointing that this information was not included. FWIW, he has not graduated from Kansas so he will have to sit out next year and will then have 2 years of eligibility.

  2. Great pick up. Competition is always good. I would rather have too many Qb’s than not enough. Welcome to Hokie Nation, Ryan Willis.

  3. 12 TD’s and 17 INTERCEPTIONS. WHAT AM I MISSING. I am more concerned that this sends the wrong message to the QB’s we already have on the team or have recruited.

    1. Note that those stats came as a freshman and sophomore. The article said he finished his sophomore season. Not too many young QBs have great stats. I hear your point but i would hazard that some of our young, inexperienced QBs are going to have interceptions too.

      1. And, by the way, those stats were as the QB at Kansas, historically a VERY BAD D1 program. He’s here for competition primarily, so I’m fine with this.

    1. If so, there could be overlap with the Nebraska QB, If the Nebraska transfer has 2 years, does sitting out mean Willis has 3 years? A redshirt/sit-out year? Meaning that when the Nebraska transfer graduates, we still have more back-ups if needed…If Jackson is the starter for 3-4 years, then we have Hooker and one of those two transfers plus any other recruit that is younger at that time.

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