Landry Jones is coming back for a fifth season at OU, and his return stamps the Sooners as the Big 12 preseason favorite. Here's how the Big 12 schools rank in quarterback status for the 2012 season:
1. Oklahoma: Landry Jones has made 37 career starts and is considered a first-round NFL draft pick. Plus he's got an ace reliever in Blake Bell.
2. West Virginia: Geno Smith torched Clemson in the Orange Bowl and should be even better with a second year in Dana Holgorsen's offense.
3. Kansas State: Collin Klein gives Bill Snyder a single-wing tailback who can run (1,099 yards rushing this season) and throw (1,745).
4. TCU: Sophomore Casey Pachall was excellent this season as Andy Dalton's replacement; 25 TDs, seven interceptions.
5. Oklahoma State: J.W. Walsh, Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt. Doesn't matter who wins the job. OSU's offense has turned assembly line. Cowboys always have good quarterbacking.
6. Texas Tech: Seth Doege looked world class against OU; otherwise, he was just solid.
7. Baylor: With Heisman winner Robert Griffin expected to go pro, the Bears turn to senior-to-be Nick Florence, who played very well against Texas Tech in November — in burning his redshirt season, Florence completed nine of 12 passes for 151 yards and two TDs.
8. Kansas: Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist gives the Jayhawks some cachet, and incumbent Jordan Webb wasn't awful, considering the circumstances.
9. Iowa State: Jared Barnett engineered ISU's upset of OSU after winning the job from Steele Jantz but was otherwise spotty.
10. Texas: Case McCoy, David Ash, doesn't matter. It's quite possible that the Longhorns' best QB was Garrett Gilbert.