The San Francisco 49ers have claimed QB Scott Tolzien off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. To make room for Tolzien on the roster, the team waived LB Keaton Kristick.
The 49ers also signed the following seven players to the practice squad: C Chase Beeler, T Derek Hall, WR Joe Hastings, CB Cory Nelms, RB Xavier Omon, TE Konrad Reuland and LB Monte Simmons.
All seven practice squad additions were with the 49ers in training camp this year.
Kristick was originally signed by the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Oregon State in 2010. He was on the team’s active roster for 12 games last year. In six games, Kristick made six tackles on defense and five tackles on special teams.
Tolzien (6-3, 205) originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2011, out of Wisconsin. This preseason, he completed 25 of 40 attempts for 302 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a quarterback rating of 83.5.
In three seasons at Wisconsin, Tolzien appeared in 29 games, including starts in his final 26 appearances, and holds the school records for career completion percentage (.681) and career QB efficiency rating (153.2). In 2010, he started all 13 games, completing 194 of 266 pass attempts for 2,459 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tolzien started all 13 games in 2009 and completed 211 of 328 pass attempts for 2,705 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As a sophomore, he saw action as a reserve in three games, completing 5 of 8 passes for 107 yards and one interception.
A 24-year-old native of Rolling Meadows, IL, Tolzien attended Palatine Fremd High School. The two-time all-conference choice, threw for 4,145 yards and 40 touchdowns during his career, and set 15 school passing records.
Tolzien’s quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Wisconsin was Paul Chryst, brother of 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst.
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