Trevon Boykin leads the way in the Big 12 after having a monster 2014 campaign. How good was he last fall? Well, he’s one of the Heisman Trophy front runners. He will give the Horned Frogs an outstanding chance to win the league and perhaps this time, secure a spot in the playoff. Like the SEC, there’s a big drop off in the Big 12 after the top ranked quarterback. These signal callers don't lack talent, just experience.
Projected Starter: Trevone Boykin
QB Depth Chart: Boykin, Foster Sawyer, Grayson Muehlstein, Bram Kohlhausen
Boykin was sensational last season in 2014. After all, he accounted for over 4,600 yards of offense and 41 touchdowns. Another outburst like that and he will have TCU knocking on the playoff door once again and position himself to win some hardware along the way. Boykin is one of the pre-season Heisman Trophy favorites. It’s so fascinating to see this once defensive minded program under Gary Patterson explode on the other side of the ball. Boykin missed a portion of spring practice after having wrist surgery.Former A&M star quarterback Kenny Hill has transferred to TCU and will sit out this season.
2) Oklahoma State
Projected Starter: Mason Rudolph
QB Depth Chart: Rudolph, JW Walsh, John Kolar
2014 was a season of transition in Stillwater, going from many experienced players to newcomers like Mason Rudolph. He was on his way to a red-shirt year. Then Daxx Garman was injured towards the end of the season. Rudolph then started on the road at Baylor, at Oklahoma and against Washington in their Bowl game. In the games Rudolph played he ignited the Cowboys offense, as they improve significantly in points (32.0) and total offense (418.3 yards). He finished with 853 yards and six touchdown passes. Rudolph picked up right where he left off this spring. He and Oklahoma State look like they have a very promising future with Rudolph under center. Of course, Walsh is back for his final season. It was announced earlier today that Garman has transferred to Maryland. Freshman John Kolar is running third now on the depth chart.
3) Texas Tech
Projected Starter: Patrick Mahomes
QB Depth Chart: Mahomes, Davis Webb
It’s a two-way battle in Lubbock between Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb. And it’s an interesting battle at that. Webb was busy this spring rehabbing his non-throwing shoulder while Mahomes split time playing baseball. Mahomes played well last season as a freshman. In fact, he was second among all freshman quarterbacks in passing efficiency (151). He also set a Big 12 freshman record of passing yards (598) and touchdown passes (6) against Baylor. He played in seven games, threw for 1,547 yards and 16 touchdowns. Then you have Webb who put up big numbers in eight games before getting hurt. He passed for 2,539 yards and 24 scores. Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury are in a great situation with these two young guns.
Projected Starter: Baker Mayfield
QB Depth Chart: Mayfield, Cody Thomas, Trevor Knight
Can Trevor Knight hang on to his job or will it be Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield? Knight has played a ton over the last two seasons, starting in 15 of the 18 games he has played in. Last season was a disappointing one in Norman. Knight did throw for over 3,100 yards and 23 touchdowns but he also threw 17 interceptions. He also missed a trio of starts because of injury. Cody Thomas went 2-1 at Oklahoma as Knight’s replacement. Mayfield posted seven starts as a freshman for the Red Raiders in 2013. He passed for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. It’s a new offense in Norman with new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Mayfield is most familiar with this system and it’s his job to lose at this point. Justice Hansen transferred yesterday.
Projected Starter: Seth Russell
QB Depth Chart: Russell, Chris Johnson, Jarrett Stidham
Next! That should be the quick hitting motto in Waco regarding quarterbacks who play for Art Briles at Baylor. They seem to all be destined to put up video game numbers in his prolific offense for the Bears. Enter Seth Russell who served as Bryce Petty’s back up of late. Now that Petty has moved on to the NFL the Baylor air-show belongs to Russell. He appeared in eight games last fall and started once. He threw for 804 yards, eight scores and three interceptions. Russell also rushed for 209 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Don’t sleep on this kid. He can throw it, run it and is very athletic.
Projected Starter: Tyrone Swoopes
QB Depth Chart: Swoopes, Jerrod Heard, Kai Locksley
There’s a quarterback battle in Austin between Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard. Swoopes started a dozen games last season, throwing for 2,409 yards and 13 touchdown passes and rushed for 262 yards and four scores. He also threw 11 interceptions and was inconsistent. Meanwhile, the talented Heard red-shirted in 2014. This spring Swoopes did play better but Heard made a big play for the job… literally. At this point in time it looks like Swoopes could be the opening game starter only to give way to Heard at some point this fall. Heard is a better fit for the new Texas up tempo spread attack and has a chance to be a special player in this offense.
7) West Virginia
Projected Starter: Skyler Howard
QB Depth Chart: Howard, William Crest, David Sills, Chris Chugunov, Austin Hensley
Skyler Howard is a junior college transfer that played in four games, starting two last season in Morgantown. He looked good in the wide open spread attack at West Virginia. He finished with 829 yards passing, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in replacing the injured Clint Trickett in 2014. That included a big Bowl game performance against Texas A&M where Howard threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
8) Iowa State
Projected Starter: Sam Richardson
QB Depth Chart: Richardson, Grant Rohach, Joe Lanning, Kyle Starcevich
Richardson has been a steady starter for the Cyclones for the past two seasons. Last year Richardson missed one game because of injury and started in the 11 others. He passed for 2,669 yards and 18 touchdown passes. Barring injury Richardson will be at or near the top of many Iowa State quarterback records when it’s all said and done with the 2015 season. He has a chance for a productive season, especially with the talent Iowa State has at wide receiver in the wide open Big 12.
9) Kansas State
Projected Starter: Joe Hubener
QB Depth Chart: Hubener, Alex Delton, Zach Davidson, Jesse Ertz, Lando5n Root
K-State is looking to find the replacement for Jake Walters. Joe Hubener looks like their next guy. Last year in 2014 he appeared in seven games. He was 9/17 for 235 yards and a touchdown. Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton are pushing Hubener the most and had good springs. Hubener, a former walk-on, is the only returning signal caller with experience.
Projected Starter: Montell Cozart
QB Depth Chart: Cozart, Michael Cummings, Keaton Perry, T.J. Millweard, Frank Seurer, Jr.
There should be an asterisk by Michael Cummings name above as the projected starter. After all, he is their starter but injured his knee during the spring game. He had surgery to repair his left knee but it’s unknown whether he will be ready for action to start the season. If not, then the ball will go in the hands of Montell Cozart. He started five times last season, passing for 701 yards and five scores. He also started three times the previous year. So at least he has experience. Cummings played in all 12 games last year, starting seven times.
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