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Ranking the Big 12 Quarterbacks

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Big 12 Quarterbacks

Ranking the Big 12 Quarterbacks
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In 2012, the Big 12 was home to some of the best quarterbacks in college football, including Landry Jones, Collin Klein and Nick Florence. However, Jones, Klein and Florence, along with Geno Smith and Seth Doege, are all gone. Now they're just names on a long list of great Big 12 quarterbacks.

Now it's up to the quarterbacks of 2013 to continue the legacy of great quarterback play. As spring ball ramps up there are a lot of questions across the league at the quarterback position. Major question marks exist at Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor and Texas Tech, where untested, unproven guys will try to come in and fill the shoes of their predecessors.

Meanwhile, there’s a three-headed quarterback competition brewing at Oklahoma State, a returning star fighting to win back his spot at TCU and a run-first quarterback taking first-string snaps for Oklahoma.

Kansas is relying on yet another transfer, while Texas’ offensive coordinators are working on figuring out new tricks for their two old dogs.

It’s been a long time since there were this many question marks at quarterback for the most prolific passing league in the country. However, that doesn’t necessarily imply that offenses in the league will suffer. The majority of these guys, while unproven, are fully capable of leading their teams straight out of the gate. Starting fast will be important, especially for the guys that haven’t see the field, in order to establish some momentum heading into conference play.

It's with that in mind that we jump into the preseason rankings for Big 12 quarterbacks.

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10. Jake Heaps - Kansas

Jake Heaps
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Jake Heaps, a transfer from BYU, joined the Jayhawks in 2012. He sat out this past year, according to NCAA transfer rules, and had the pleasure of watching Dayne Christ and Michael Cummings throw more picks (13) than touchdowns (7). He'll look to outperform those abysmal statistics in 2013, but who knows if he can. After all, his last season at BYU wasn't exactly stellar. He finished 2011 with nine touchdowns, eight interceptions and a completion percentage of 57.1.

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9. Paul Millard - West Virginia

Paul Millard
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Millard had minimal playing time behind Geno Smith in 2012, throwing for only 87 yards on 9-of-19 passing, for two touchdowns and one interception. He'll be working with new wide receivers in 2013 as well, which makes the transition to starter even more difficult.

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8. Sam Richardson - Iowa State

Sam Richardson
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Sam Richardson started the last three games of 2012 for the Iowa State Cyclones, including their bowl game loss to Tulsa. In those three games, plus one brief showing against Western Illinois, Richardson threw for almost 550 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.

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7. Jake Waters - Kansas State

Jake Waters
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The JUCO transfer from Iowa Western Community College shattered passing records at the JUCO level previously held by Cam Newton. Last season, Waters threw for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He's also mobile, although not Collin Klein mobile, and should fit nicely into Kansas State's offense.

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6. Blake Bell - Oklahoma

Blake Bell
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Blake Bell comes into 2013 as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12. However, there are huge question marks about his ability to throw the ball, and despite Oklahoma's strong running game, passing is needed in this league to win games.

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5. David Ash - Texas

David Ash
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Texas fans came into 2012 with high expectations for David Ash. After all, they had all heard about the great strides he had made during the offseason only to watch him get replaced by Case McCoy time and time again in clutch moments. Will the same thing happen in 2013?

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4. Michael Brewer - Texas Tech

Michael Brewer
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Michael Brewer has an opportunity to be a breakout player for Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech in 2013. As a freshman, Brewer completed over 70 percent of his passes throwing for four touchdowns as Seth Doege's primary backup.

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3. Bryce Petty - Baylor

Bryce Petty
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Bryce Petty is a huge question mark for Art Briles and this Baylor offense, but with the way Nick Florence seamlessly replaced Robert Griffin III in 2012 it stands to reason the same could happen in 2013. Petty was good in limited action in 2012, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another, and has Lache Seastrunk in the backfield to lean on.

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2. Clint Chelf - Oklahoma State

Clint Chelf
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Chelf has a distinct advantage over J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt in their quarterback competition up in Stillwater. He played in the last six games of 2012 for Oklahoma State, including the 58-14 drubbing of Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. However, were Chelf to lose out to either Walsh or Lunt, you could simply substitute the OSU starter into this spot. Simply put, the Cowboys have an abundance of talent at the quarterback position.

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1. Casey Pachall - TCU

Casey Pachall
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The name of the game is redemption for Casey Pachall after his well documented departure from TCU four games into the 2012 season. He's the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 and he has the best passer rating out of any current college quarterback (180.0). Before heading to rehab, Pachall had thrown for 948 yards, ten touchdowns and only one interception, leading the Horned Frogs to a 4-0 start. His return makes TCU a frontrunner to win the Big 12 in 2013.