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Big 12 football: Few teams settled at quarterback

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: September 16, 2013
Oklahoma's Blake Bell (10) carries  the ball during the second half of a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (TU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Blake Bell (10) carries the ball during the second half of a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (TU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Big 12 football 2013 is three weeks old — Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas have played just two games each — and already, quarterback upheaval is rampant.

Here are the teams that have used only one quarterback in meaningful situations: Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State. Seven teams have used multiple quarterbacks:

OSU: Started Clint Chelf against Mississippi State, then went to J.W. Walsh and have stayed with him. Looks totally like Walsh’s job.

OU: Started  Trevor Knight against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia but went to Blake Bell in the fourth quarter against WVU and stayed with him against Tulsa. OU will stay with Bell on Sept. 28 at Notre Dame.

Texas: Started David Ash against New Mexico State and Brigham Young, but Ash suffered an injury against BYU, and Case McCoy started and played the whole way in a 44-23 loss at Ole Miss.

TCU: Played both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin against LSU and Southeastern Louisiana, but Pachall suffered a serious arm injury against Southeastern Louisiana. Boykin played the entire way in a loss at Texas Tech last week.

Texas Tech: Started true freshman walkon Baker Mayfield in the first three games, but Mayfield suffered an injury late against TCU, and Davis Webb came on to direct the go-ahead drive. And the Red Raiders aren’t even using the quarterback they want, the injured Michael Brewer.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers started Paul Millard against William & Marry and OU, but Clint Trickett played some against William & Mary. Then Dana Holgorsen went away from both to use Ford Childress against Georgia State last Saturday.

Kansas State: Bill Snyder has used both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams, with no signs of picking a full-time guy.

So that leaves three constants. Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Kansas’ Jake Heaps and Iowa State’s Sam Richardson. And  two of those three quarterback the league’s two worst teams. It looks like an intriguing year for Big 12 quarterbacking.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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