Ranking the Quarterbacks-Big 12
Written by Curt Popejoy on 07/17/2012
If there is any conference in college football which is known for its potent passing offense it's the Big 12. They spread you out and sling it deep. So ranking the quarterbacks is hard because there are going to be some serious numbers put up by these signal callers. But as in every conference there are some teams who have quarterback situations that are unsettled and it will really hamstring them this season.
1. Collin Klein, Kansas State-So, I'm a hypocrite. I talk up the explosive passing of the Big 12 and put Klein first. But he is the best. There is no other player on this list who threw his team on his back like Klein did and even though the majority of his damage was done with his legs, don't discount his arm. He ran out of necessity, but I am optimistic that this year we will see him putting the ball in the air a little more. Regardless he's the guy the Wildcats are counting on this year to be their everything on offense and there's no doubt he can do just that.
2. Geno Smith, West Virginia-When Smith was allowed to really cut loose and make plays he did just that. He's got some great talent at wide out and he makes the most of them. I fully expect Smith to lead the country in passing this year and the Mountaineers to make a big splash in their first season in the Big 12.
3. Landry Jones, Oklahoma-There is really only one thing that pushes Jones from 1 to 3 on this list. It's the fact that he has shown an inability of convert in the red zone. So much so that he is pulled off the field in goal line situations for backup QB Blake "Belldozer" Bell. You can't be the best QB in your conference if you can't score when you get close. He's got lots of talent and makes all the throws, but he's a notch below Klein and Smith.
4. Seth Doege, Texas Tech-A nice player who fits very well in the Tech pass happy system. Doesn't have a tremendous arm, but a quick release and nice touch. If Tech wants to contend, he will need to play well.
5. Casey Pachall, TCU-Another "system" guy so to speak. I actually want to see his game expand a little with his legs this season as he's a very good athlete. Threw for nearly 3,000 yards last year and I expect that to improve this season.
6. Jared Barnett, Iowa State-While I do think that the Cyclones will use senior Steele Jantz some this year, this is Barnett's team. His ability to make plays with his arm and his legs gives him an edge over Jantz and will eventually put him on the bench.
The Great Unknowns
These are all the rest. Teams who are either starting new QBs who are unknowns, or teams with multiple quarterbacks trying to win the starting job, so it's unknown as to who will be under center. Either way these are teams who will struggle this year unless they get some quarterback play quickly.
7. David Ash/Case McCoy, Texas
8. Clint Chelf/Wes Lunt, Oklahoma State
9. Nick Florence, Baylor
10. Dayne Crist/Jake Heaps, Kansas
Last Edited: 07/17/2012