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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.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 26, 2012
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photo - Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In 2010 and/or 2011, Big 12 quarterbacks included Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Tannehill and Robert Griffin. All are NFL starters.

And yet here came the next wave, Klein at K-State, Landry at OU, Smith imported with his team from West Virginia, Florence ably replacing Griffin at Baylor, Doege looking like all those other Tech passing machines, and the Big 12's offensive productivity did not falter.

So these nine games in nine days is a chance to salute the 'slingers who kept Big 12 quarterbacking at a premium level, and to check out the guys who might be the next wave.

by Berry Tramel
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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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