Big 12 Football: 5 Biggest Stars of Fall Practice
With about a week left until the college football season gets underway, there have been a few stars around Big 12 camps who have emerged as potential stars on their team.
There's Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, who is threatening to take the starting job away from Blake Bell, the presumed man for the job.
Another gunslinger lighting up fall practice has been Texas Tech's Davis Webb, a freshman who is also making a serious case for being the starter in Lubbock.
Read on to check out more on Knight, Webb and the other stars of fall practice around the Big 12.
Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma
Trevor Knight. Photo courtesy of 247Sports.
Trevor Knight may very well be the starter in Norman this season, according to reports. Dean Blevins of News 9 reported on Tuesday that Knight had in fact been named the starting quarterback.
Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman later published a story refuting reports that a starter had been named.
Regardless, though, Knight has clearly made enough noise in the Sooners camp to make people believe he could be the guy to replace Landry Jones.
In Blevins' report, he compares Knight to Sam Bradford, one of the greatest quarterbacks in Oklahoma history.
Knight is a mobile quarterback. So if he's named the starter, that could indicate a new offensive direction for the Sooners.
Devin Davis, OT, Oklahoma State
Devin Davis (No. 69). Photo courtesy of OKState.com
Per a report by Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World, Devin Davis has gone from a nearly unsought recruit to a presumed starter on one of the Big 12's best offensive lines.
Davis started two games last year and, according to Tramel, will be a starting tackle when the Cowboys open up the season against Mississippi State.
Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, one of the Cowboys' stars this year, had nothing but good things to say about Davis in Tramel's report.
"When I got there last year, he and I were roommates," Barnett said. "He had the worst feet. He was undersized. He wasn't that heavy or real strong. Now he's starting at tackle. His feet are getting better and better. He's benching over 400 pounds now. He is up to 300 weight wise."
Isaiah Johnson, S, Kansas
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After years of lacking playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks may have finally found one in junior college transfer Isaiah Johnson.
According to Tom Keegan of KUSports.com, Johnson has a knack for grabbing interceptions. That will be useful, because according to Keegan, the Jayhawks have averaged just over eight interceptions a year as a team the past four seasons.
Kansas' assistant secondary coach Scott Vestal said in Keegan's piece that Johnson just has great instincts for finding the ball.
“A guy like Isaiah, he does have a knack for just being in the right area and when the ball comes his way, he plucks it,” Vestal said.
Davis Webb, QB, Texas Tech
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With presumed starting quarterback Michael Brewer out with a back injury, per Krista Pirtle of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, true freshman Davis Webb has been one of the guys to step up and possibly take the starting job for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Davis was here in the spring,” Kliff Kingsbury said in Pirtle's report. “He’s a fast learner, coach’s kid, really strong arm, big, athletic (and) loves football."
Now Webb has a chance to start the team's opener in Dallas against the SMU Mustangs.
“I was really surprised when Davis came in the spring and just the overall authority he had over the team,” senior running back-receiver Sadale Foster said in Pirtle's story. “I didn’t expect that from a freshman guy. He just shows that he has a lot of poise as quarterback and that just made us, as an offense, more confident in him."
Blake Slaughter, LB, Kansas State
Blake Slaughter (right)
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After being redshirted last season and forced to watch his Kansas State Wildcats win the Big 12 without him, redshirt senior linebacker Blake Slaughter is ready to take the reins of the defense in Manhattan.
According to Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital-Journal, Slaughter is projected to start at middle linebacker for the Wildcats, a spot occupied by Arthur Brown last season.
Slaughter does have four starts to his credit, all of them coming in the 2010 season.
“Blake is extremely sharp and has great instincts,” Kansas State linebackers coach Mike Cox said in Corbitt's report. “As long as he plays to his strengths and doesn’t try to be what he’s not, he’ll be just fine.”