College Football 2016: Power Ranking the Big 12 Quarterbacks
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The Big 12 is a conference known for its quarterback play, as it not only produces a lot of NFL starters but had four offenses last season rack up more than 500 yards of offense. The conference is loaded with great quarterback play and this year isn’t going to be any different.
With the 2016 college football season seven weeks away, let’s take a look.
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Here is how each quarterback in the Big 12 stacks up.
1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma - Baker Mayfield finished 18th in the country last season with 3,700 passing yards and had 32 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Mayfield is the main reason the Sooners have playoff hopes yet again this year.
2. Seth Russell, Baylor - Seth Russell played just seven games last season and still managed to throw for 29 touchdowns and more than 2,100 yards. If Russell can play at that level for a full season, he’s a serious Heisman candidate.
3. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech - Patrick Mahomes II led the Big 12 last season with 4,653 passing yards was tied for first with 36 touchdowns. Mahomes was also seventh in the country with 45 passes of 25 or more yards, and he makes the Red Raiders watchable.
4. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State - Mason Rudolph really fell off in the final two games of the season but still had six games of two or more touchdown passes and 97 passes of 15 or more yards. Rudolph gives the Cowboys a chance to make a run for a Big 12 title. He’s that talented.
5. Kenny Hill, TCU - Kenny Hill will have the task of replacing Trevone Boykin, but he is a guy who had 23 touchdown passes in 2014 for Texas A&M. When he’s on, he’s on, just ask Mississippi State and Arkansas who he torched for a combined eight touchdowns.
6. Skyler Howard, West Virginia - Skyler Howard was hit or miss in his first full season at quarterback but did have 26 touchdowns, five of which came in the Mountaineers bowl victory over Arizona State. Howard gives WVU stability at QB for the first time since Geno Smith.
7. Joel Lanning, Iowa State - Joel Lanning was decent in limited playing time last year and finished with 10 touchdowns to four interceptions. Iowa State has a chance to be a surprise team in the Big 12, and it all starts with the play of Lanning.
8. Jerrod Heard, Texas - As a freshman, Jerrod Heard completed 58 percent of his passes and rushed for 556 yards and three scores. Heard is just the playmaker the Texas Longhorns need leading the way.
9. Ryan Willis, Kansas - Ryan Willis had 10 interceptions to nine touchdown passes, but he did have at least one touchdown pass in seven of his last eight games. Willis gives a struggling Kansas program something to hold onto entering the 2016 season.
10. Jesse Ertz, Kansas State - Jesse Ertz got hurt in last years season opener and has yet to attempt a pass in two years. We’ll see how effective Ertz can be once he attempts to take the field again.