Big 12 football: This bowl season an ode to quarterbacks
If you like Big 12 football, you've reached nirvana. Nine bowl games in nine days. A chance to say farewell to Heisman finalist Collin Klein and record-setting Landry Jones and valiant Nick Florence and first-round draft pick Geno Smith and assembly line Seth Doege.
If you like Big 12 football, you've reached nirvana. Nine bowl games in nine days, starting with Baylor-UCLA (Holiday Bowl) on Thursday night and ending with OU-Texas A&M (Cotton) on Jan. 4.
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And in some ways, the procession is an ode to quarterbacks. A chance to say farewell to Heisman finalist Collin Klein and record-setting Landry Jones and valiant Nick Florence and first-round draft pick Geno Smith and assembly line Seth Doege.
Of the Big 12's nine bowl teams, five will be quarterbacked by seniors.
Who will be the preseason All-Big 12 QB in 2013? Well, Texas' David Ash is the most accomplished returnee, but he annually seems to find himself mired in a quarterback controversy.
Whoever quarterbacks OSU will have a head start, but who knows who will quarterback? The Cowboy offense has prospered with Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf at the reins, and Chelf, third-team most of the season, will quarterback the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Of course, the Big 12 seems to replenish its quarterbacks rather easily. In 2008 and/or 2009, Big 12 quarterbacks included Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Josh Freeman, Chase Daniel, Graham Harrell, Zac Robinson and Todd Reesing. All but Reesing made the NFL.
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