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This is a decent read about big QB battles across the country.
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SIGNIFICANT QB changes in the Big 12...I like the TCU battle myself, but OU, Okie St, & WVU with inexperienced choices to choose from
3. Oklahoma: Blake Bell saw a lot of action at OU last season but it was as a short-yardage weapon. Can the 6-6, 254-pounder consistently make the throws to elevate the Sooners back to being a Top 10 team? Remarkably, Bell actually has more rushing TDs in his career (24) than passes attempted (20) at OU. Could Bell blossom this year into being the Sooners' version of Collin Klein? Bob Stoops' other options are redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, a fleet-footed Texan and Kendal Thompson, son of former OU QB Charles Thompson. One thing is for certain: whoever wins this job will be more of a running threat than Landry Jones was. Meanwhile, the Sooners have more than their share of issues on defense too, where they have to replace seven starters.
5. Oklahoma State: A flurry of injuries in 2012 prompted Mike Gundy to have to play three QBs last season and all three -- freshman Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf were impressive. Walsh is the best runner of the trio. Lunt's got an elite arm, which helped him win the job last year but Chelf proved he can make big throws too and he may be the guy to beat here. There's also a new OC managing the whole deal in Mike Yurcich.
7. TCU: As I wrote last week the return of Casey Pachall is one of the bigger stories of this off-season. If he's matured and ready to go, the Horned Frogs are a Big 12 title contender and a Top 10 threat, but first he has to beat out young Trevone Boykin , a gifted dual threat QB who showed promise in 2012 when rushed into action.
8. Kansas Sate: Collin Klein wrapped up a fantastic career at K-State, but now Bill Snyder has to find a leader and play-maker for his program. Daniel Sams, last year's back-up is a Louisiana native who is one of the faster guys on the Wildcats team. He will be pushed by touted JC transfer Jake Waters, who arrives with a sterling 39-3 TD-INT ratio last season at Iowa Western CC.
10. (tie) West Virginia: Dana Holgorsen has had prolific QBs everywhere he's been, and with a defense coming off a dreadful 2012, he's going to need another one to emerge this fall if the Mountaineers hope to get back into the Top 25. In Paul Millard, WVU has a heady guy with a nice arm and very limited mobility who really knows the offense. In big redshirt freshman Ford Childress, son of NFL star Ray Childress, the Mountaineers have more of a prototype looking NFL QB with impressive physical tools. Millard's consistency running the show won't be easy for Childress to overtake.
Also of note, Baylor and Texas Tech will be replacing starting QBs. Jared Barnett transferred from Iowa State, leaving the position open for Steele Janz or another. And Kansas will be deciding between sophomore Michael Cummings or transfer Jake Heaps. Not surprising that 2013 would be the year the Horns' coaching staff was pointing to.
Texas Longhorns - 2013 National Champions!
And yes, I've had a couple of beers, but a guy can dream.
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