Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each Big 12 team?
Current Projected Starter: Charlie Brewer, Jr.
So … how long before Gerry Bohanon can get on the field? The sophomore is a dynamic all-around quarterback prospect, and Jacob Zeno was a good get in the latest recruiting class, but this is Brewer’s starting job.
Iowa State Cyclones
Current Projected Starter: Brock Purdy, Soph.
Has anyone had a weirder quarterback world over the last few years than Iowa State? Joel Lanning turned into a linebacker, Kyle Kempt, Zeb Noland, Jacob Park … they were all a part of the puzzle. But Purdy played last year like a star to build around. Re-al Mitchell is a terrific talent who needs to get on the field at some point.
Current Projected Starter: Thomas MacVittie, Jr.
Good luck trying to figure this one out until August. It’s a race loaded with prospects to be the starting quarterback under Les Miles, with MacVittie, Miles Kendrick and Carter Stanley the main options. Stanley has the most experience, but MacVittie has the biggest upside.
Kansas State Wildcats
Current Projected Starter: Skylar Thompson, Jr.
With Alex Delton leaving for TCU, the job to be Chris Klieman’s starter is all Thompson’s. No other quarterback on the roster has thrown a pass, but there’s a whole lot of potential with 6-4, 249-pound redshirt freshman John Holcombe.
Current Projected Starter: Jalen Hurts, Sr.
Baker, Kyler … Jalen. Hurts is the type of mega-watt star who can step in right away and shine, and unlike Mayfield and Murray, he won a national title. Austin Kendall left for West Virginia – leaving a big hole in the backup situation – but that’s where Spencer Rattler comes in. The five-star recruit will be groomed to be ready to hit the ground running in 2020.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Current Projected Starter: Spencer Sanders, RFr.
Flip a coin between Sanders and former Hawaii transfer Dru Brown, and you’re probably right. It’ll be a battle throughout fall camp, with freshman Brendan Costello getting a look, too. Sanders has the biggest upside.
TCU Horned Frogs
Current Projected Starter: Alex Delton, Sr.
With Shawn Robinson off to Missouri, it’s Game On for the job. Is redshirt freshman Justin Rogers healthy enough? The star recruit came to TCU hurt and was healing up last season after suffering a horrible knee injury in high school. If he’s okay, he’s the guy. However, Delton, a Kansas State transfer, came to TCU because Rogers’ health isn’t a given. Former Penn transfer Michael Collins saw time, but he got hurt, and Max Duggan is a great-looking freshman who needs a shot.
Current Projected Starter: Sam Ehlinger, Jr.
Ehlinger is the lightning rod star of the program going into the season, but with Shane Buechele transferring to SMU and Cam Rising to Utah, the backup situation is sketchy. Redshirt freshman Casey Thompson was in the transfer portal, but it didn’t take – he’s sticking around. However, freshman Roschon Johnson appears to be the future of the position.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Current Projected Starter: Alan Bowman, Soph.
It’s a terrific situation for new head man Matt Wells. If Bowman had been able to stay healthy, would Kliff Kingsbury still be the head coach? No, but he wouldn’t have been fired because Texas Tech probably would’ve gone bowling. Jett Duffey is back along with McLane Carter still around, too.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Current Projected Starter: Austin Kendall, Jr.
New head coach Neal Brown got a good one in Kendall, a former Oklahoma backup who was fantastic in practices before Kyler Murray became Kyler Murray. Redshirt freshman Trey Lowe is a promising option for the near future, and former Miami Hurricane Jack Allison is a good-looking pure passer in the mix.