Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Quarterback battles continue at TCU, WVU
By Brandon Chatmon
With Oklahoma State pinning its hopes on the shoulders of J.W. Walsh after Week 1, here’s an update on the other Big 12 quarterback situations that were so unclear a week ago. Opening weekend brought some clarity but several quarterback situations remain fluid within the conference.
Kansas State: Jake Waters was solid in his first start after winning the job. He was 21-of-29 passing for 280 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions in the Wildcats' upset loss to North Dakota State. Nonetheless, Waters wasn’t the reason KSU was upset; its lack of a running game was the biggest issue.
Daniel Sams, the Wildcats’ backup, still could emerge as a key part of their offense. Coach Bill Snyder expressed disappointment in his team's use of Sams after the loss, calling it “bad coaching on our part." Sams had two carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in limited action.
TCU: The Horned Frogs played Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin though neither quarterback looked great against LSU. The duo combined to go 15 of 28 passing (53.6 percent) for 145 yards and just 5.2 yards per attempt.
This is a quarterback situation that looks like it will continue deep into the season. And it probably should, since both quarterbacks bring different, and valuable, strengths to the table. At some point this season, TCU will need both guys to navigate their way through its Big 12 schedule.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders didn’t name Baker Mayfield the starter until just before kickoff. Mayfield responded by winning Big 12 offensive player of the week honors. The freshman walk on was 43-of-60 for 413 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Not much more could be expected from any true freshman in his first collegiate game.
Yet it doesn’t seem like Mayfield has locked up the starting spot. When Michael Brewer, a redshirt sophomore who was the favorite to start until a back injury sidelined him, returns the quarterback competition will very likely continue.
West Virginia: Coach Dana Holgorsen said he was relatively pleased with the play of Paul Millard in the Mountaineers’ first game. He was 19-of-25 for 237 yards (9.5 yards per attempt) with a touchdown pass.
But Holgorsen said Monday he plans to continue to give Florida State transfer Clint Trickett practice reps with the No. 1 offense this week partly because Trickett has played against Oklahoma, WVU’s opponent, before and Trickett “knows what it’s like to play against those guys." Trickett replaced an injured E.J. Manuel and nearly led FSU to a win over the Sooners in 2011.