2014 Stat Predictions for Every Big 12 Football Starting QB
We're just a few months away from the start of the 2014-15 season, and that means it's time to start predicting how the most important players on each Big 12 team will perform.
At the quarterback position, the Big 12 is loaded with talent such as Bryce Petty, Jake Waters and Davis Webb. It's almost a sure thing that those guys will have big seasons.
But some question marks include the likes of Trevor Knight, J.W. Walsh and Clint Trickett.
So let's check out B/R's 2014-15 stat predictions for the starting quarterbacks in the Big 12.
Predictions: 3,875 yards passing, 34 passing TDs, 8 rushing TDs, 7 INT
After last year's electrifying season out of Bryce Petty, it'll be hard for the Baylor gunslinger to replicate the 4,200 passing yards and only three picks he racked up in 2013-14.
What will make Petty's job even more difficult is the fact that the Bears have to replace Cyril Richardson and Stefan Huber on the offensive line—the heart and soul of last year's Baylor squad.
Petty will undoubtedly put up huge numbers because he operates in the spread offense, and Baylor should be in contention for a Big 12 title. Just don't expect him to reproduce 100 percent of what he did last year.
Predictions: 1,130 passing yards, 6 passing TDs, 7 INT
Iowa State hasn't had a decent, consistent signal-caller in recent memory, and it doesn't look like Sam Richardson will be the answer.
While Richardson has yet to officially win the job, he has the most experience between himself, Grant Rohach and Joel Lanning.
The Cyclones have a rough start to their schedule, including games against North Dakota State, Kansas State, Iowa and Baylor.
By then, Richardson will have likely been beaten and battered enough that he'll be on the brink of losing his place as the starting quarterback, if not out of the picture already.
Predictions: 850 passing yards, 775 rushing yards, 5 passing TDs, 8 rushing TDs, 6 INT
Montell Cozart won the starting job in Lawrence offseason and hopes to be the answer at quarterback for the Jayhawks.
But without a quality offensive line to protect him, or an array of receivers to throw to, Cozart will be behind the eight ball all year long.
About midway through the season, Charlie Weis will be itching for a change at quarterback and will likely go with T.J. Millweard. The two will eventually start splitting snaps and starts, but neither will gain any momentum.
Predictions: 3,500 passing yards, 740 rushing yards, 27 passing TDs, 11 rushing TDs, 10 INT
After a rough start to last season, Jake Waters finished the season as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the Big 12 after his epic performance against Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Now with Daniel Sams transferred out, Waters is the top gun in the Little Apple. With Tyler Lockett as his right-hand man, Waters is poised to have a great season for the Wildcats.
Waters' decision-making can be suspect at times, so he may have a higher number of interceptions than fans would like. But overall, the Iowa product should rejuvenate K-State after an up-and-down year last season.
Predictions: 2,750 passing yards, 1,100 rushing yards, 21 passing TDs, 18 rushing TDs, 13 INT
After last season's dismantling of the Alabama defense in the Sugar Bowl by Trevor Knight, expectations are through the roof for the rising sophomore.
However, his inconsistencies last season leave some hesitant to crown him as the next great Oklahoma gunslinger.
2014-15 is a new year, though. Knight's got a year of experience under his belt, an offseason to build himself up as a leader and another year of tutelage under Bob Stoops, the Big 12 quarterback guru.
So this season should see Knight become one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.
Predictions: 3,100 passing yards, 850 rushing yards, 22 passing TDs, 7 rushing TDs, 9 INT
J.W. Walsh split time with Clint Chelf last season, eventually losing the job to him outright in the second half of the season.
But his numbers weren't all that bad. Despite appearing in just nine games, he still racked up 1,333 passing yards and 12 total touchdowns.
Now that Walsh will likely have a full year to get into a rhythm, coupled with the fact that he'll be operating Mike Gundy's high-powered air raid offense, Walsh should see his numbers take a drastic rise in 2014-15.
Predictions: 2,100 passing yards, 890 rushing yards, 15 passing TDs, 11 rushing TDs, 14 INT
Trevone Boykin may not be an elite quarterback in the Big 12, but he's certainly an elite athlete that has spent time as quarterback and receiver for the Horned Frogs.
Boykin split time with Casey Pachall last season, but now the reins of the TCU offense belong solely to Boykin.
He should see a huge increase in his numbers from last year, but he's simply not an elite quarterback that will rack up gaudy numbers. But he's still a great athlete who should lead TCU to a successful year.
Predictions: 2,800 passing yards, 17 passing TDs, 13 INT
David Ash may not be the top choice for fans in Austin, but he's the best option that Charlie Strong and Co. have got.
Ash has been wildly inconsistent during his tenure with the Longhorns, but he may finally develop some solid footing under Strong's guidance, the same guidance that made Teddy Bridgewater an elite signal-caller.
Ash will probably throw his fair share of interceptions, but it's also fair to expect a career year from him in his junior campaign.
Predictions: 4,450 passing yards, 42 passing TDs, 16 INT
Davis Webb is poised to be the next high-profile gunslinger in Lubbock, Texas as he's the prized possession of Kliff Kingsbury's spread offense.
Webb put up great stats last season despite splitting starts with Baker Mayfield, putting up 2,718 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
He capped off the year a 403-yard, four-touchdown showing in the team's Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State.
Now that he's the main guy for Texas Tech, and with a year of experience under his belt, Webb should have a prolific year for the Red Raiders.
Predictions: 1,950 passing yards, 14 passing TDs, 13 INT
Clint Trickett was named as the West Virginia starter for the season opener against Alabama after battling for the job with Paul Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore.
However, Trickett didn't receive rave reviews after splitting time with Millard last season, racking up just 1,605 yards through the air and seven touchdowns coupled with seven interceptions.
Trickett clearly has done enough to earn Holgorsen's trust. But any bumps in the road may lead the head coach to pull the trigger early on him.