Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien throws a pass during NCAA college football practice in Carson, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Tolzien has been signed by the 49ers.
One quarterback exits, and another, younger quarterback enters. It's a tough league, this NFL.
One day after releasing Josh McCown, the San Francisco 49ers have signed second-round pick Scott Tolzien as a backup to the starter, Alex Smith and his backup, Colin Kaepernick. Tolzien and Kaepernick are rookies. If Smith is injured, that means an untested captain takes the 9ers helm, according to SF Gate.
Gate writer Eric Branch writes that Kaepernick had a 23.9 quarterback rating during the preseason.
Tolzien went 16-40-23 for 226 yards, with one TD and one interception against the San Diego Chargers. That was the 49ers last pre-season game, and they won it 20-17.
Tolzien is a Wisconsin grad -- and a Big Ten All-Academic standout, to boot.
A good fit for a thinking-man's, more complicated West Coast Offense that head coach Mike Harbaugh instituted.