Breaking Down Every Big 12 Football Team’s QB Situation Heading into 2014
Breaking Down Every Big 12 Team's QB Situation Heading into 2014
With spring practice opening up across the country for all teams in the Big 12 this week, many have their clear-cut choice to be their starting quarterback. Some teams, however, will have some interesting storylines as they have to decide what quarterback will bring them to a championship game. Since they will have tough decisions to make for the upcoming season, all eyes are on several competitions that will provide better insight as to which player can handle offensive playbooks, smart decisions on the field and of course win football games.
The Baylor Bears won their first ever Big 12 championship game last season mainly thanks to a superb defensive secondary that intimidated opposing offenses. It also helped that starting quarterback Bryce Petty had a breakout season with 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns. Petty threw just three interceptions all season long, so it's safe to say the returning champions will definitely be starting him once again to defend their title.
With many college players leaving the Big 12 to pursue their NFL dreams, it will now be left up to plenty of young players to do their best to earn vacated spots. The same applies to a few vacated quarterback spots to continue bringing even more competition across the Big 12. Luckily, most of the quarterbacks entering competitions for their starting spot this spring have a good amount of experience under their belts. Players like Jake Waters, David Ash and Davis Webb should easily earn their starting spots this season. However, on the flip side, there is going to be a great competition over in Oklahoma State as J.W. Walsh will look for redemption to rebound from last year while Mason Rudolph wants to prove he can beat him out to carry this team to victory. It's going to be a great spring indeed!
Take a look at a breakdown of every Big 12 quarterback situation heading into 2014 as well as who should be declared the starter for this upcoming season.
Baylor - QB Bryce Petty
Petty enjoyed a wonderful season last year capped off with winning the Big 12 championship title. He's staying put and will easily become Baylor's starting quarterback this season.
Iowa State - QB Grant Rohach
Iowa State had a pretty disappointing season last year due to poor offensive play-calling. Quarterback Grant Rohach should be a part of a new offensive system with a brand new offensive coordinator in Mark Mangino. If anyone can handle the transition it's Rohach.
Kansas - QB Jake Heaps
Kansas will have an interesting quarterback competition this spring. Due to inconsistency last year with quarterback Jake Heaps, Montell Cozart was given an opportunity to get some starting time. Both will duke it out this spring along with T.J. Millweard, Michael Cummins and Jordan Darling. Look for Heaps to emerge as a starter since during the offseason he has worked on his weaknesses to continue his development as a pure pocket passer.
Kansas State - QB Daniel Sams
When it comes to Kansas State, quarterback Daniel Sams will definitely be named the starter for this upcoming season. Last year, he led all Big 12 quarterbacks with 807 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. There is some speculation he might change positions to wide receiver due to Jake Waters also being a solid quarterback, but that's unlikely to happen.
Oklahoma - QB Trevor Knight
Despite injury to Oklahoma's quarterback Trevor Knight last year, he should be good to go for this upcoming season. He should pick up exactly where he left off as starting quarterback.
Oklahoma State - QB J.W. Walsh
Oklahoma State sure does have a history of going into spring practice with the same question year in, year out. Who will be their starting quarterback this season? Quarterback J.W. Walsh will be competing with Mason Rudolph and Daxx Garman for the starting position. Walsh should win this competition by a hair as this offseason he was working on his accuracy and arm strength. He also has the most experience out of everyone competing.
TCU - QB Tyler Matthews
Likely the most significant position battle this spring, TSU has two new offensive coordinators in Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie. This quarterback competition will feature Trevone Boykin, Zach Allen and Tyler Matthews. It's expected Boykin will be transitioned to a wide receiver, so look for Matthews to have a strong showcase and win the starting spot.
Texas - QB David Ash
Despite injury last season, quarterback David Ash is still the best option for Texas. He has the most experience and gives them the best chance for victories.
Texas Tech - QB Davis Webb
Texas Tech has already put their seal of approval on quarterback Davis Webb being their starter. If any walk-ons happen it'll probably be this summer, but for now Webb is good to go as long as he stays healthy.
West Virginia - QB Clint Trickett
West Virginia will probably have the most competitive quarterback competition this spring practice. Quarterback Clint Trickett unfortunately won't be able to participate until summer practice due to injury. When he returns, however, he will have some strong battles with quarterback Skyler Howard who shows a ton of potential. Once Trickett is cleared to resume football activities, though, expect him to be the starter since he fits the mold to the kind of offensive attack West Virginia is known for. Howard is good but not at the level Trickett can execute.