Each of those players left their mark on their programs, the Big 12 Conference and nationally in recent seasons. Hansen is well aware there is a void of true star power at quarterback heading into the 2010 season, though players like Texas A&M Jerrod Johnson, Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert appear primed for their time in the limelight.
Hansen doesn't plan to be left on the outside looking in.
"You've got guys who have been there but haven't really done anything special yet," Hansen said. "My thing is if I do something special this year, maybe I can be one of those key, name guys in the Big 12, which would be awesome."
Hansen said he has read preseason magazines and heard prognostications doubting him or ranking him in the bottom half of Big 12 signal-callers. It irks him even though he understands his statistics and the results the Buffs have produced on the field haven't earned the respect he covets.
"You always hear that stuff like, 'Tyler, you're ranked No. 7 out of Big 12 quarterbacks.' And that always gets at you, especially with all the guys that have left and there being some unproven quarterbacks in the Big 12 right now," Hansen said.
Hansen believes he will be the starting quarterback for the Buffs this season and he is eager to see what he can do with a full season to run the team.
"I think the more I play, the more and more I will mature and the more and more I will get used to playing," Hansen said. "Right now I think I'm working my way up to where I need to be. I think I'm close, but there are still some things to work on.