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)

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.

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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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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