Austin Gearing signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday evening, completing one of the more remarkable transformations in college football.
Gearing, a former quarterback back in 2013, signed on with a member of the National Football League to play defensive end, a position he has shown immense promise in just a couple years.
Back in 2013, Gearing started three games at quarterback, completing 24 passes for 188 yards, while adding 478 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Just two years later he was starting games at defensive end for the RedHawks, finishing the season with 14 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss in his first year at the position.
Gearing’s breakout season came last year, recording 38 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in 13 starts. He had a career-high six tackles and two sacks versus Ohio.