Sometimes, all an athlete needs is a change of scenery with an opportunity at a new school.
That apparently was the case for Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis at Virginia Tech and tight end Jace Sternberger at Texas A&M.
Both produced huge performances at their new schools in spring games on Saturday, according to a story from Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World.
Willis has been pegged as the backup behind Justin Johnson with the Hokies. But he shows strong promise in Saturday’s game by completing 10 of 15 passes for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns. Included was an 83-yard touchdown strike to Sean Savoy and a 33-yard TD pass to Phil Patterson.
Some Jayhawk fans might remember his earlier career. While playing for Kansas, Willis tossed 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has two seasons with the Hokies.
Sternberger had one catch for the Jayhawks in 2016 before transferring to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. He has emerged at Texas A&M, where the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder notched 8 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.
Kansas is the overwhelming favorite to be picked last in the Big 12. Still, it’s surprising David Beaty couldn’t find a place for both in his program.