Power Ranking Every Big 12 Quarterback, Post-Spring Practice
The Big 12 is a league known for its prolific gunslingers. But 2014 may be a different year, particularly with all the quarterback battles going on this offseason.
Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and even Texas and TCU don't have a solidified player at the most important position on the field.
But nevertheless, spring practice is over, and it's time to power rank each of the Big 12's likely starting quarterbacks.
10. Montell Cozart
Montell Cozart, who split starts with Jake Heaps last year, will go into the summer with the edge in the Kansas Jayhawks' quarterback battle.
Cozart's biggest competition in the battle, Heaps, is possibly out of the mix. According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, Heaps is looking to transfer this summer. However, Matt Tait of The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Heaps is still on the roster.
Regardless, Cozart had the best spring game of any quarterback on the roster and looks to be the Jayhawks' best option at the moment. Still, it's not like he is among the elite, hence his standing of 10th in these rankings.
Last season, Cozart threw for just 227 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Most of his damage came on the ground, as he racked up 214 yards and score.
9. Paul Millard
For now, Paul Millard is just the best in a bad situation that is West Virginia's quarterback race. Millard made three starts last season but was then benched. He finished 2013 with 1,119 yards passing, six touchdowns and six picks.
Clint Trickett missed the spring workouts after going through surgery, leaving Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore to compete through the spring. Millard had the best showing in the spring game, throwing for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-19 passing.
West Virginia has no clear-cut favorite at the quarterback position heading into the summer. But for now, Millard looks to be the most likely favorite.
8. Grant Rohach
Like WVU and KU, Iowa State doesn't necessarily have an official starting quarterback. But for now, the favorite to win the race between Grant Rohach, Sam Richardson and Joel Lanning is Rohach.
Rohach split starts with Richardson last year and eventually took the job from him entirely. He finished last season with 1,208 yards and eight touchdowns but also seven interceptions in what was a down year for the Cylcones.
Rohach also had the best showing of the three quarterbacks in the spring game, with 171 yards on 22-of-38 passing. He ran for a touchdown as well.
The entire offense is learning a new system under new offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, which evened out the playing field in the start of spring. But it appears that Rohach is taking charge heading into the summer.
7. Trevone Boykin
TCU is another team that has a bit of a quarterback controversy. According to Stefan Stevenson of The Star-Telegram, though, Trevone Boykin is well in front in the race for who will succeed Casey Pachall.
Boykin has seen time at starter in each of the last two seasons when Pachall was out, so he has the edge in experience.
Boykin is the epitome of an athlete in Fort Worth, racking up 1,198 passing yards, 313 rushing yards, 204 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns last year.
Some have said that his best option is to commit himself to wide receiver. But with little to no options behind him at signal-caller, it appears that Boykin will be the man for the job in 2014.
6. David Ash
Nobody knows exactly what to make of David Ash.
For most of his career, Ash has been inconsistent at best. He got off to a hot start in 2013 but missed most of the season due to concussion symptoms. He started to bounce back in spring workouts but then suffered a foot injury that once again relegated him to the sidelines.
What compounds the issue is that, no matter how much Texas fans want Ash to no longer be their quarterback, there doesn't appear to be any better option. Tyrone Swoopes was inconsistent in the spring game, and Max Wittek, the USC transfer, has yet to officially join the team.
In just two-and-a-half games last year, Ash racked up 760 passing yards and eight total touchdowns. He'll have to get back to that form this summer and solidify his place as Texas' starting quarterback under the new Charlie Strong regime.
5. J.W. Walsh
J.W. Walsh is in a full-fledged battle with freshman Mason Rudolph for the starting job in Stillwater, Oklahoma. But for now, he is leading the way to win the job for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Walsh had a decent season last year, splitting starts with Clint Chelf and racking up 1,333 yards passing, 294 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns.
Rudolph looks like a decent competitor, but for now, the edge goes to Walsh.
4. Trevor Knight
After torching the Alabama defense for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Sugar Bowl, Trevor Knight was trending sky high for the Oklahoma Sooners.
His spring game might have stopped his upswing.
Knight was underwhelming in the game, to say the least, completing just five of his 14 passes and also throwing a pick. He looked more like the inconsistent freshman of the 2013 regular season than the gunslinger who embarrassed Nick Saban.
But, as with any spring game, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Everybody is still trying to gel together, and the playbook is usually vanilla in flavor.
The Sugar Bowl proved with Knight is capable of. And with Bob Stoops' legendary record of developing superstar quarterbacks, expect him to be just fine this fall.
3. Davis Webb
After splitting starts with Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer last year, Davis Webb now has a firm grip on the starting job at Texas Tech.
The rising sophomore had a bit of a breakout year last season, racking up 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns. In Kliff Kingsbury's air-raid offense that made Johnny Manziel and a slew of Texas Tech gunslingers famous, Webb is almost sure to follow suit.
The Red Raiders have holes at receiver, but Webb is sure to standout this year as one of the Big 12's best under Kingsbury's tutelage.
2. Jake Waters
After splitting time with Daniel Sams last season, Waters is now the permanent starter for the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Iowa Western product could be poised for a superstar season in 2013 after his showing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where he torched Michigan for 271 yards and three scores. He finished 2013 with 2,469 yards and 18 touchdown passes.
He has a gunslinger's mentality and one of the best receivers to throw to in Tyler Lockett. Expect Waters and Co. to make Kansas State competitive for a Big 12 title.
1. Bryce Petty
Bryce Petty and Baylor's offense rewrote the record books last year en route to a Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth. Now, Petty is back for his senior year and looking to leave Baylor as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Big 12 history.
He didn't skip a beat in Baylor's spring game, completing 10 of 15 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Without question, Petty is the best signal-caller in the Big 12 and has the Bears poised to make a run at back-to-back conference championships.
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