While waiting for Riley to develop, Tedford has stockpiled quarterbacks and will carry five on this year’s roster, including the incumbent.
Last spring, junior Brock Mansion lost the starting nod to Riley despite an 8-for-11, 90-yard passing performance from Mansion in the spring game. He was the first to find the end zone in the scrimmage, connecting on a 51-yard scoring toss.
Redshirt sophomore Beau Sweeney usurped Mansion on the depth chart during the season, and completed five of nine passes last season for 45 yards in three games. He appears to be the biggest threat to Riley’s throne.
The other two, redshirt freshman Allan Bridgford and true frosh Austin Hinder, are the Bears’ most highly-recruited QBs since Riley. Rivals.com rated Bridgford the nation’s fifth most accurate quarterback in 2009, while scout Tom Lemming rated Hinder the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in 2010.