How do the Big 12 quarterback situations break down early on and well before spring football starts?
How is it possible for a conference to lose a dynamic Heisman Trophy winner in Kyler Murray and a high-powered passer in Will Grier and have even more interesting quarterback situations? The Big 12 is going to be loaded again. Here’s the breakdown and ranking of all the pre-spring quarterback depth chart situations.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
This is the one of the few Big 12 quarterback situations that’s totally and completely wide open. With starter Peyton Bender done, Carter Stanley should get the first look this spring under new head man Les Miles – he was the main backup last season.
However, 6-5, 225-pound JUCO transfer Thomas MacVittie signed on to push right away for the starting gig, with junior Miles Kendrick getting every chance, too. The best early guess is that Stanley and MacVittie are listed as co-No. 1 during fall camp.
Current Projected Starter: Carter Stanley, Sr.
– 2019 Kansas Schedule Analysis
9. TCU Horned Frogs
There’s a whole lot of patchwork being done to try fixing a situation that needs to find THE guy. This was supposed to be when Shawn Robinson was coming into his own, but he’s a Missouri Tiger now, eligible in 2020.
There’s a whole lot to like in 6-5, 225-pound junior Mike Collins – a Penn transfer who looked solid late last season before getting hurt – but he probably won’t be ready until the fall. Justin Rogers is a big-time talent, but he has medical issues of his own. Max Duggan is probably the most talented option on the roster, but he’s a new recruit who has to get his feet wet.
Now the door is open for Alex Delton, a Kansas State grad transfer who was going to UTEP, but switched to TCU after other top options – mainly Jalen Hurts – went elsewhere. Delton ran for 868 yards and 11 scores, and threw for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns and four picks for the Wildcats, but Skylar Thompson is the main man. Delton is hardly a lock to be the No. 1, but until everyone is healthy …
Current Projected Starter: Alex Delton, Sr.
– 2019 TCU Schedule Analysis
8. Kansas State Wildcats
New head coach Chris Klieman is used to working with pro-style, NFL-talented passers at North Dakota State. He doesn’t have any of those on his roster, but he wanted Skylar Thompson at his old job, and now he gets to coach him up in Manhattan.
Alex Delton transferred to TCU, but Thompson is a proven veteran who threw for 1,391 yards and nine scores, and ran for 373 yards and five touchdowns last season. It’s his job, but the door is open for anyone who can show off dangerous running skills at the position.
Current Projected Starter: Skylar Thompson, Jr.
– 2019 Kansas State Schedule Analysis
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Taylor Cornelius wasn’t supposed to be the big-bombing star of a high-powered attack, but despite his inconsistencies, he put up huge numbers and pulled off a few great wins. He’s gone, but there are plenty of fantastic options to play with.
Keondre Wudtee got in a few throws, but it was Cornelius for almost the entire way. Former Hawaii transfer Dru Brown will get a look, but expect the gig to go to Spencer Sanders, last year’s star recruit who doesn’t have the bulk, but he’s got the running ability and dual-threat skills to grow into a star.
It’s Mike Gundy and it’s Oklahoma State. This situation is fluid until the opener against Oregon State, but unless something crazy happens …
Current Projected Starter: Spencer Sanders, Soph.
– 2019 Oklahoma State Schedule Analysis
6. West Virginia Mountaineers
Well this just got really interesting really fast.
Will Grier is done, and former Miami transfer Jack Allison got to show off what he could do in the bowl loss to Syracuse. What he could do was hit 49% of his throws, but for 277 yards. He’s a decent option, but the Mountaineers needed someone stronger to run new head coach Neal Brown’s attack.
Enter Austin Kendall, who was just good enough to really and truly push Kyler Murray for the starting job at Oklahoma, but was relegated to backup status. Just when it looked like he was in line to be the next star up for the high-powered attack, in comes Jalen Hurts.
The 6-2, 220-pound junior should be a statistical superstar now that he’s cleared to play and finally gets his shot to be the main man.
Current Projected Starter: Austin Kendall, Jr.
– 2019 West Virginia Schedule Analysis