2014 Big 12 Preview: QB Unit Rankings

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Preview 2014 - Big 12 Quarterback Unit Rankings & Breakdowns



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- 2014 TCU Preview 
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- 2014 Texas Tech Preview 
- 2014 West Virginia Preview  
1. Baylor
Bryce Petty didn’t come back for his senior year just to be average. After throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns with just three picks, he’s poised and ready to explode again and put up All-America-caliber stats with a loaded offense around him. But who’s next? After RG3 and Nick Florence, Petty has been even better. Seth Russell is the No. 2 man waiting in the wings, and 6-4 Chris Johnson has plenty of upside. There should be plenty of chances to see what the other options can do with so many blowouts coming.
Unit Ranking: 9

2. Oklahoma
Is Trevor Knight really that good? He certainly looked like it against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but it was quickly forgotten just how much he struggled he was during the season and how mediocre he played. Now he’s expected to take his game to a whole other level and be the type of leader and playmaker who can take the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Is there a safety net? Blake Bell is a tight end now, and now it’ll be up to Cody Thomas and Justin Hansen to show in practices that they can step in if needed.
Unit Ranking: 8

3. TCU
The quarterback situation was already solid with Trevone Boykin returning after finishing second on the team In rushing, coming up with 26 catches, and throwing for 1,198 yards and seven scores, but Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel transferred in and now should make the Horned Frog passing game far stronger. Casey Pachall never quite panned out after returning from his problems, and the air attack didn’t really go anywhere, but Joeckel should change that.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

4. Texas Tech
With Baker Mayfield transferring to Oklahoma, and Michael Brewer and Clayton Nicholas both leaving, too, it’s Davis Webb or bust. The sophomore put up 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns in his time in the rotation as a true freshman, but at the moment, he’s it. True freshman Patrick Mahomes was the team’s top recruit, and he’s going to be Kliff Kingsbury’s guy at some point if he doesn’t choose baseball, but it’s Webb who’ll be the statistical superstar of the offense for the next three years.
Unit Ranking: 8

5. Texas
Can David Ash stay healthy? If so, can he be consistent? The Longhorns need their veteran to be the leader the new coaching staff needs, but he has to get back from missing the entire offseason hurt. Tyrone Swoopes has all the talent in the world, but he’s not quite there yet and needs a lot of time and seasoning. Can true freshman Jerrod Heard really be ready to roll right away? It’s possible – he’s that good.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

6. Oklahoma State
Is J.W. Walsh really ready to be a full-time, big-time quarterback? He’s a good runner and he has experience, but Clint Chelf was the better quarterback last year. Walsh will have his moments, but he’ll have to look over his shoulder at Mason Rudolph and Daxx Garman all season long. Both of the backups have more talent than Walsh, but do they have the fight and the ability to grab the job by the horns? Don’t be shocked if one of them takes over early on.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

7. Kansas State
After working in a rotation, Jake Waters took over the job from Daniel Sams and made it his as last season went on, closing out well and looking like the type of quarterback to work the entire offense around in his final year. No, he’s not a runner like a Collin Klein, but the former JUCO transfer can throw and he’ll fight to keep the offense moving. Jesse Ertz was the 2012 Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year and should be the star next year, but he needs to get in a little work after Sams transferred.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

8. West Virginia
It’s not going to be the days of Geno Smith again, but the quarterback situation will be stronger and far better than last season once the coaching staff decides what the pecking order is going to be. Clint Trickett and Paul Millard have decent ability, but they’re both limited. However, they’re experienced. The X factor is JUCO transfer Skyler Howard, the most talented option on the roster. Trickett is the starter, but he needs to make the offense fly or he’ll quickly be replaced.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

9. Iowa State
This is one of the best quarterback situations in the Paul Rhoads era. There’s a little bit of depth with Sam Richardson the team’s leading returning passer, but he was more dangerous on the move than in the pocket. Grant Rohach is the more dangerous all-around passer who threw too many picks last year in his limited time – seven – but has the upside to grow even more into the offense and finally give the Cyclones more of a spark.
Unit Ranking: 6.5

10. Kansas
Will Charlie Weis ever have a quarterback who can do what he wants? There’s no Tom Brady, and there’s no Jake Heaps after the former superstar BYU recruit transferred out of KU. Montell Cozart is a runner who struggled in a huge was as a passer, but he looked stronger this offseason. UCLA transfer T.J. Millweard has more size and has the tools to finally give the Jayhawk passing game a kick in the pants. Michael Cummings has experience, but he didn’t produce when given the chance.
Unit Ranking: 6.5