Big 12 depth chart roundup: Oklahoma surprises, Texas youth

If you were still waiting on a Week 1 depth chart from your favorite Big 12 team, chances are you got your wish on Monday. A quick recap of what we learned from a few of the latest releases:


Lots of intrigue for the Sooners. Newcomer Jarvis Baxter, a junior college walk-on, is listed as a starting receiver. Alex Ross is behind Daniel Brooks and isn't the Sooners' No. 3 running back like most figured. Michiah Quick is a third-team wideout at the moment. Two young OU offensive linemen, Orlando Brown and Jonathan Alvarez, make their first career starts on Saturday. And Sterling Shepard is slated to be the punt returner, which seems unnecessarily risky.


Look at all those rookies. The Horns are planning to start five true freshmen -- middle linebacker Malik Jefferson, receiver John Burt, tackle Connor Williams, guard Patrick Vahe and punter Michael Dickson -- on the road at Notre Dame. In all, there are 25 players on the depth chart who've yet to play in a college game. One surprise: Poona Ford and Desmond Jackson are the starting defensive tackles, so Hassan Ridgeway (who dealt with injuries in fall camp) will come off the bench on Saturday.

Iowa State

No big surprises. Tyler Brown is listed as the top tailback, but he'll still split carries with Mike Warren and Joshua Thomas and coach Paul Rhoads will go with whoever gets hot. Grant Rohach vs. Joel Lanning for the No. 2 QB job is still undecided. One interesting move: Iowa State could ask rising sophomore receiver Allen Lazard to return punts this season. He's still competing with Trever Ryen for those duties.


No significant changes here, either, particularly because Baylor was one of the few programs to put out a post-spring depth chart. Chris Johnson moved from quarterback to receiver this month and is already listed as the backup with Chris Platt to K.D. Cannon at inside receiver. Yes, he's a 6-foot-5, 235-pound inside receiver. Backup Terrence Singleton moving from corner to deep safety is notable, too, but that's about it.