Each season, the consistently explosive Big 12 introduces new NFL-level playmakers to the football world.
Some come from out of nowhere. Some arrive amid plenty of offseason buzz.
Count BU freshman wideout Robbie Rhodes among the latter. The five-star true freshman has opened eyes in fall camp, catching four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in a recent scrimmage, proving to be one of the league's most promising playmakers.
“We hope he can be an impact player,” Art Briles said on Monday, clearly trying to temper expectations. “It's hard to be an impact player in the Big 12. You have to really, really be dynamic and get opportunities. And that's probably going to be the thing that's gonna limit Robbie from doing that, is his opportunities because he's young and just getting going. But we certainly believe he has the capability to be a breakout player.”
TCU STILL YET TO NAME A QUARTERBACK
As an admitted strategic ploy to keep LSU in the dark, Gary Patterson remains firm in his stance to not reveal his starting quarterback for the opener.
“You'll know when they run on the field,” Patterson said. “Both of them will be captains.”
Patterson is choosing between Trevone Boykin, an elusive run-first quarterback who showed strides in the passing game last season, and Casey Pachall, the talented gunslinger returning from a hiatus for off-the-field issues.
“Trevone has really improved what he can do, he's got a different skill set. And Casey has really improved from the spring, when he was a little bit rusty,” Patterson said. “Casey's proven, he's 15-2 as a starter. And then Trevone was three out of the four wins we had on the road, he proved he could win on the road in the Big 12. He's a lot better quarterback now, on and off the field, than he was last year.”
Bob Stoops, when asked about his offseason comments on the SEC:
“First of all, I haven't talked a lot about the SEC over the summer. I was asked one question in one interview and gave a lengthy answer where only part of it was used. Then a lot of other people talked about it. That's the truth of the matter.”
Paul Rhoads on expected starting quarterback Sam Richardson:
“Probably leadership would be his biggest amount of growth. His physical skills have grown as well. But just his leadership, his poise, his control of the offense, that comes with maturity, growth and repetition.”
Mack Brown on the low national rankings for the Big 12:
“The polls only matter at the end of the year, not the beginning. But I think our league hasn't gotten near the credit, nationally, that it deserves.”
Dana Holgorsen on his two competing quarterbacks, Clint Trickett and Paul Millard:
“Ultimately it's about the guy who's not going to make the mistakes.”
Mike Gundy on why the Big 12's reputation is down nationwide:
“I think (because) there's much fewer quarterbacks returning that have NFL capability. Over the last few years, we've had four or five guys in this league that were returning starters that had the ability to play in the NFL at the quarterback position. And I think that's where your preseason rankings come from.”