Ranking the Big 12 QBs for 2012
Landry Jones' announcement that he will return for another season should make the Sooners the favorite to win Big 12 championship.
Landry Jones is coming back for a fifth season at OU, and his return stamps the Sooners as the Big 12 preseason favorite. Here's how the Big 12 schools rank in quarterback status for the 2012 season:
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1. Oklahoma: Landry Jones has made 37 career starts and is considered a first-round NFL draft pick. Plus he's got an ace reliever in Blake Bell.
2. West Virginia: Geno Smith torched Clemson in the Orange Bowl and should be even better with a second year in Dana Holgorsen's offense.
3. Kansas State: Collin Klein gives Bill Snyder a single-wing tailback who can run (1,099 yards rushing this season) and throw (1,745).
4. TCU: Sophomore Casey Pachall was excellent this season as Andy Dalton's replacement; 25 TDs, seven interceptions.
5. Oklahoma State: J.W. Walsh, Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt. Doesn't matter who wins the job. OSU's offense has turned assembly line. Cowboys always have good quarterbacking.
6. Texas Tech: Seth Doege looked world class against OU; otherwise, he was just solid.
7. Baylor: With Heisman winner Robert Griffin expected to go pro, the Bears turn to senior-to-be Nick Florence, who played very well against Texas Tech in November — in burning his redshirt season, Florence completed nine of 12 passes for 151 yards and two TDs.
8. Kansas: Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist gives the Jayhawks some cachet, and incumbent Jordan Webb wasn't awful, considering the circumstances.
9. Iowa State: Jared Barnett engineered ISU's upset of OSU after winning the job from Steele Jantz but was otherwise spotty.
10. Texas: Case McCoy, David Ash, doesn't matter. It's quite possible that the Longhorns' best QB was Garrett Gilbert.
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