Pratt sophomore quarterback Landon Studer was injured on Sept. 25 in the Greenbacks’ game at Kingman.
His backup? Freshman Travis Theis, who is 5-foot-8, 154 pounds.
Theis helped Pratt finish out the win over Kingman, including throwing an 84-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Kaufman.
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Theis had 94 passing yards and 80 rushing as he led Pratt (4-1) to the win over Nickerson on Oct. 2. He has 344 rushing yards and 228 passing on the season.
Pratt plays at Hesston (4-1) Friday night.
“He was a standout running back coming up through the grades,” Pratt coach Jamie Cruce said. “He ended up starting at fullback for us, and in the flexbone, he gets a lot of carries.
“He’s smart and heady.”
He’s also strong. Cruce said Theis squatted 420 pounds during summer workouts.
“He’s one of those kids who gets it athletically,” Cruce said. “You don’t have to tell him very many times what to do. He sees the field well. One of his best attributes is he’s a competitor.”
It’s not often a freshman starts at quarterback, but his backup also is a freshman.
Theis has some help, though, in his brother, Jared, Pratt’s two-year starting center.