CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Big 12 Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Big 12 team?
Not every quarterback battle is settled, but where does each Big 12 team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
Everyone took off. Montell Cozart bolted for Boise State, and Ryan Willis took off to be part of the logjam of options at Virginia Tech. Former Washington State Cougar Peyton Bender transferred over and should be a great bomber if he can hold off Carter Stanley, who saw a little time last season.
And the starter will be … Peyton Bender, Jr.
– Kansas 2017 Preview
9. Iowa State
The situation got cleared up in a big way. Last year’s rotation is now a one-man show with Jacob Park owning the job now. And why? Joel Lanning went from being a good, tough part of the equation to a whale of a middle linebacker with all-star upside.
And the starter will be … Jacob Park, Jr.
– Iowa State 2017 Preview
8. Kansas State
Jesse Ertz stayed healthy and showed just how good he could be. Now he’s the Kansas State heart-and-soul star of the offense. Alex Delton is a nice-looking backup option who can move.
And the starter will be … Jesse Ertz, Sr.
– Kansas State 2017 Preview
With Jarrett Stidham going off to be an Auburn Tiger, the door is open for Zach Smith to take the job by the horns after stepping into the void last season. However, Arizona transfer Anu Solomon is a talented option with good mobility, and Charlie Brewer is a young option, but …
And the starter will be … Zach Smith, Soph.
– Baylor 2017 Preview
6. Texas Tech
No big deal. Just replace Patrick Mahomes, the most talented pro quarterback to play in the Texas Tech system since it turned into this. Nic Shimonek is the next man up, but the 6-3, 225-pounder doesn’t have the same arm as Mahomes – no one does – while JUCO transfer McLane Carter is a big bomber who’ll be groomed for next year.
And the starter will be … Nic Shimonek, Sr.
– Texas Tech 2017 Preview
5. West Virginia
Okay, Will Grier, are you ready to finally do this? The Florida transfer is supposed to not only step in for Skyler Howard, but make the position even stronger. Chris Chugunov is a nice No. 2 option, but the season is all about Grier’s production.
And the starter will be … Will Grier, Jr.
– West Virginia 2017 Preview
Can former Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill be more consistent? He wasn’t the problem last year, but he wasn’t quite as dominant as he needed to be. It’s his offense to run, while Grayson Muehlstein is a solid veteran backup option.
And the starter will be … Kenny Hill, Sr.
– TCU 2017 Preview
Shane Buechele is the absolutely, positively, no question about it starter for new head man Tom Herman … maybe. Herman wasn’t shy about expressing his love and affection for star recruit Sam Ehlinger, who might get a shot if Buechele isn’t getting things moving. There’s no 18-wheeler, Tyrone Swoopes around anymore to bang it in from the goal line.
And the starter will be … Shane Buechele, Soph.
– Texas 2017 Preview
2. Oklahoma State
OSU head coach Mike Gundy has never been afraid to rotate his quarterbacks, but he’s not taking Mason Rudolph of the field. Rudolph might not be rated as highly as Sam Darnold or Josh Allen by the NFL types, but he’s not all that far behind. Waiting in the wings is Keondre Wudtee, a tall, thin passer who can run a wee bit.
And the starter will be … Mason Rudolph, Sr.
– Oklahoma State 2017 Preview
Baker Mayfield will be deep in the Heisman hunt, but he might not turn out to be the most talented quarterback on the roster. One-time Texas A&M super-recruit Kyler Murray will fight it out with Austin Kendall for the No. 2 job – and the 2018 starting gig.
And the starter will be … Baker Mayfield, Sr.
– Oklahoma 2017 Preview