Big 12: Brock Berglund

Lunch links: TCU dedicates its new digs

September, 7, 2012
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Well hello there, Arthur Bryant's.

Opening camp: Kansas Jayhawks

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Camp is open up in Lawrence. Before we get too deep in sweltering hot practices, I'll offer up a quick preview of what you need to know heading into the season.

See more fall camp previews.

Next up: Kansas.

Media's predicted finish: Tenth.

Biggest story line: The climb begins. Kansas has won just five games the past two seasons, and just one Big 12 game. Along the way, it endured plenty of lopsided losses that were anything but competitive. Enter Charlie Weis, whose tenure at Notre Dame started with a pair of BCS bowl berths, but plummeted to three sub-par seasons before being fired. He's back in his first head coaching job since, and the announcement turned heads and brought on plenty of criticism. Now begins Weis and Kansas' road back, both equally invested in one another. How will Year 1 look? Step one is getting back to being competitive, just five years removed from a BCS bowl win in Lawrence.

Biggest question mark: Defensive line. Kansas brought in Keon Stowers and Nebraska transfer Josh Williams to help bolster a defense that was gashed often last season. The defensive backs are somewhat underrated and the linebackers are pretty good, but none of them had a chance when the D-line was getting blown off the line on running downs and getting zero pass rush (nine sacks, seven fewer than any Big 12 team) in a pass-heavy Big 12. Hope has arrived in Lawrence. Now, it's time to make it happen.

Setting the stage: Kansas coach Charlie Weis set a strong precedent early on, announcing the removal of 10 players all the way back in January, including big-time talents like safety Keeston Terry, running back Darrian Miller and quarterback Brock Berglund. Sorting out the cause/effect is messy, but the Jayhawks saw a huge boost in GPA for the Jayhawks this spring and a clear message sent from Weis to his team: This is serious business. Take your responsibilities seriously or get out.

On the mend: WR Daymond Patterson. Patterson might be the top target in the Jayhawks' passing game, but he's back this year after sitting out with a medical redshirt because of a groin injury suffered in the season opener last year. He's back, healthy and ready for a good run at his senior season.

Who needs to step up: QB Dayne Crist. Crist's career arc has brought him to Lawrence, and last year's 12-game starter, Jordan Webb, transferred out to Colorado when Crist arrived with Weis. He's the guy now. Jake Heaps is in line for this team in 2013, but Crist has no legitimate backup with any real experience, and if he doesn't play well or gets hurt, it's going to be tough for KU to be much better than it was last year.

Breaking out: DE/LB Toben Opurum. Kansas' leading rusher in 2009, Opurum's career has been pretty crazy since, and full of position moves. Now, he's playing a hybrid linebacker/defensive end spot, and when I was filling out my ballot for All-Big 12 preseason nods, Opurum wasn't far from it. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior has emerged as one of the team's leaders, and could help lead a renaissance for the Kansas defense.

Jayhawks 2012 squad takes a big blow

April, 23, 2012
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Kansas coaches hinted for weeks that receiver Justin McCay would be eligible for 2012. McCay transferred from Oklahoma and, due to what the school called "extenuating personal circumstances," coaches believed he would have his NCAA-mandated redshirt year waived.

They were wrong.

The NCAA denied McCay's waiver request after a lengthy wait, and now the school plans to appeal the decision.

Kansas must file its appeal by April 24, and would receive a subcommittee ruling by May 1.

From The Associated Press:
NCAA staff denied the request Friday, but recommended that McCay appeal directly to the organization's subcommittee for legislative relief, which is comprised of representatives from conferences and universities and has the authority to deviate from NCAA waiver guidelines.

"We are disappointed in the NCAA staff’s decision,” KU coach Charlie Weis said in a release. "But we will take its advice and will appeal to the subcommittee. We certainly hope that the members of the subcommittee, who work day-to-day on campuses and in conference offices, will see Justin’s situation for what it is and make a decision that is in his best interest.

"I’ve spoken to Justin and he understands the initial ruling by the NCAA and is encouraged that they recommended that we appeal his case to the subcommittee. He will make a statement after the ruling by the subcommittee."

McCay didn't catch a pass in two seasons at Oklahoma, but was the nation's No. 142 overall recruit in the 2012 class.

He's one of six FBS transfers to join the Jayhawks since Weis took over in January, but along with quarterback Dayne Crist, was expected to be one of the biggest impact players. Now, that's in flux.

Berglund updates on his transfer options

Kansas brought in lots of transfers this offseason, but lost a big one when quarterback Brock Berglund was dismissed by Weis after missing a team meeting in January.

He spoke to The Associated Press and offered an update on where he's headed:
Coming out of high school, Berglund was a coveted four-star recruit who received interest from schools such as UCLA, Boise State and Vanderbilt. He originally committed to Colorado, but backed out after the Buffaloes fired coach Dan Hawkins.

On the market again, he's receiving just as many looks. He said he's also visited with North Texas, Florida International and SMU. The Buffs haven't reached out to him.

"At this point, I really don't have a pecking order," Berglund said. "I've just started on the trail here. I'm really prioritizing my reasons, focusing on compiling data. There's no rush."

He also added he's not picky on the type of offense he plays for, but just wants a place he feels comfortable.

Weis made message clear in public breakup

January, 30, 2012
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The latest chapter of the Brock Berglund Saga at Kansas ended the only way it possible could have: He's leaving Kansas. The school wasn't going to be able to hold him hostage for much longer after initially denying his request to transfer from the program.

Coach Charlie Weis said he'd prefer the situation didn't go public. Berglund, with press releases and multiple media interviews pleading his case, made sure it did.

Safe to say, the two won't be the best of friends anytime soon.

It's over now, though, and Weis has made his point. It wasn't clear at first. After a very public breakup, that's changed. Weis' original statement to the media went on the offensive, and was significantly longer than ones you'd usually see when a player leaves the program.
"Today, Brock Berglund is released from his scholarship at KU to pursue other opportunities. Brock and his representatives have publicly stated their case without any public response from me to this point. Brock spent the majority of the past calendar year in Colorado taking online courses at KU’s expense, which was nearly $40,000. At no time was Brock an active participant of the football team. Once competition was recruited at the quarterback position, Brock decided he no longer wanted to be a part of the team. He was expected to show up for a mandatory team meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15, but he sent an email less than two hours before the meeting to inform us that he had decided to transfer and would not be attending the meeting. He was dismissed after following through on that promise.

"Although Brock has been granted his release, I only wish that he had showed the same courtesy that other players showed and came to talk to me. He decided that he did not have to follow the same protocol as the other departing members of the football team. I believe no individual should be more important than the team. Brock did not see it that way."

This was about sending a message. It cost Weis a few PR points along the way, but it probably earned him a bit of respect within the team, especially once he expounded on why Berglund was initially denied his opportunity to leave.
"This wasn’t about whether or not [we] were going to give a kid permission to contact other schools," KU coach Charlie Weis said via teleconference Friday evening. “It’s about doing it the way everyone else does it. I just think that everyone should follow the same protocol. One guy shouldn’t be able to send emails and try to make phone calls, when everyone else did it [differently]. [Other players] came into my office, they said they’d like to go, I asked them why, we went over a list of schools that they could go to, and I let ’em go. But this young man decided that that wasn’t the way the game was gonna be played.”

Fair point for both sides. In Berglund's defense, he was living in Colorado during all this time, and I assume none of the players who left KU had to deal with that kind of distance.

However, it's easy to see both sides of the argument in this case. Nobody leaves the situation smelling great, but they leave separately.

That's the only way it could be. It won't pay off now, especially in the court of public opinion.

It might pay off later on the field.

Lunch links: Commish talks more Mizzou

January, 27, 2012
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"We're calling it, 'Not Kenneth.'"

"It's hard not to take that personally, sir."

Lunch links: Could Big 12 expand again?

January, 25, 2012
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Little Jerry is a lean, mean pecking machine.

Lunch links: Aggies finalizing Big 12 exit

January, 24, 2012
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Hi, my name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.

Big 12 recruiting needs in 2012

January, 24, 2012
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Signing day is coming fast. Next Wednesday, the next round of players will sign up for their respective programs and start what could be storied careers.

Here's what each team across the Big 12 needs. You'll find Texas A&M and Mizzou on the SEC blog and West Virginia on the Big East Blog.

BAYLOR

Quarterback: This one's pretty simple. Robert Griffin III is taking his talents to the NFL early. Nick Florence is waiting to take over, and the Bears have Bryce Petty behind him, but more reinforcements at quarterback are needed. Dual-threat quarterbacks, ideally.

Defensive tackle: Baylor already was one of the nation's worst teams (102nd nationally) at stopping the run. Now it'll need to replace both its interior linemen, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste and Tracy Robertson.

Offensive linemen: Baylor's offensive line, meanwhile, has been solid. It loses junior college transfer and two-year starter Robert T. Griffin, as well as All-Big 12 center Philip Blake. John Jones, a reserve guard, also has exhausted his eligibility.

IOWA STATE

Receiver: This has been a weak spot for the team for several years, and its top overall talent, Darius Reynolds, is gone. Darius Darks is, too. Aaron Horne and Josh Lenz will be the team's best weapons in 2012, but the pair of shifty slot guys will be seniors. This position needs reinforcements.

Defensive back: The DBs have been a quiet strength for ISU, especially in 2011. Cornerback Leonard Johnson and safety Ter'Ran Benton both have exhausted their eligibility, though, and defensive backs coach Bobby Elliott left for Notre Dame. You'll see plenty of new faces in the Cyclones' secondary next year.

Defensive line: Experienced starters Stephen Ruempolhamer and Jacob Lattimer are both gone, and Iowa State has struggled to stop the run consistently the past few seasons.

KANSAS

Quarterback: Kansas landed high-profile transfers Dayne Crist (Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (BYU), but this is still a huge position of need. Last year's starter, Jordan Webb, left the team. Quinn Mecham is out of eligibility. Heaps is sitting out his NCAA-mandated year after transferring. Crist is the starter, but he badly needs a backup, especially if Brock Berglund's transfer appeal allows him to leave.

Wide receiver: Kansas lacks a big threat at this position. It needs a talent upgrade in a big way. Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay is joining the team, but he's no guarantee to a) be granted immediate eligibility or b) become an impact player.

Defensive tackle: Kansas is thin here, too. Richard Johnson, Patrick Dorsey and Michael Martinovich are gone, and Kansas couldn't stop much of anything on defense. Some push up front could help make everything look better. A late addition to the 2012 class from a junior college seems like a no-brainer. The Jayhawks need physically mature players to contribute immediately.

KANSAS STATE

Offensive line: K-State's offensive line was much better in 2011 and could be again in 2012. It needs help replacing All-Big 12 lineman Clyde Aufner, though. Starter Colten Freeze is also gone.

Defensive line: Kansas State is bringing back about as many starters as anyone in the Big 12, but the biggest losses are along the defensive line. Kick-blocking specialist (five in 2011) Ralph Guidry is gone, along with tackle Ray Kibble. Juco transfer Jordan Voelker exploded onto the scene this year, but he's gone, too.

Defensive backs: Cornerback David Garrett leaves a huge hole behind. Tysyn Hartman may not be as talented as teammate Ty Zimmerman, but his experience leaves a big hole. Zimmerman will have to mentor a younger safety in the near future.

OKLAHOMA

Receiver: The Sooners are thin here in a big way. That was obvious late in the season when Ryan Broyles' storied college career ended a few weeks early with a knee injury. The team also lost Justin McCay (transfer) to Kansas. Jaz Reynolds and Kenny Stills are the likely top two targets, but they need help.

Tight end: This position inspired a bit of panic at the end of the season. Seniors James Hanna and Trent Ratterree are gone. Austin Haywood wasn't allowed back on the team, and two more tight ends left the team for various reasons. That left the Sooners suddenly without a scholarship player at the position returning in 2012.

Offensive line: Starting tackle Donald Stephenson must be replaced, as will guard Stephen Good, who moved in and out of the starting lineup throughout his career. The Sooners bring back a lot of talent and aren't dying for depth there, but those two will leave holes. Three more offensive line starters will be seniors in 2012.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Offensive line: The Cowboys need a whole lot of help here to fill in behind young players stepping into the starting lineup. Starters Levy Adcock, Nick Martinez and Grant Garner are gone. Backup center Casey LaBrue is gone, too. Those are two All-Big 12 linemen who leave big shoes to be filled.

Receiver: Justin Blackmon surprised no one by leaving a year early, and Josh Cooper leaves with perhaps the most underrated career of any receiver in school history. In OSU's offense, there's always room for depth here. Nine receivers had at least 19 catches in 2011. Blackmon and Cooper combined for 192, though.

Defensive ends: The pass rush was solid for Oklahoma State this year, but both starters, Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones, are gone. Replacing both is a necessity.

TEXAS

Receiver: Texas lacks a true game-changer at the position, though Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis may develop into that role in 2012. Former blue-chip recruit Darius White left for Missouri, too.

Quarterback: David Ash and Case McCoy didn't show a ton of potential at quarterback this year, though Ash may grow with an offseason to prepare as starter. Garrett Gilbert got a big chunk of the work in the spring, summer 7-on-7 and fall preseason camp. Even if Ash does grow, the Longhorns need reinforcements at the position.

Linebacker: Two senior impact players are gone. Texas is left trying to replace Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson, though Jordan Hicks may mature into a star in 2012.

TCU

Offensive line: TCU's offensive line is headed for some major turnover. OT Robert Deck, OG Kyle Dooley and OG Spencer Thompson are gone. Two more starters, OG Blaize Foltz and C James Fry, will be seniors in 2012.

Defensive linemen: TCU isn't losing a lot at this spot, but Ross Forrest and D.J. Yendrey will be seniors in 2012. The Horned Frogs would be well-served to prepare, and offer some depth next year.

Specialists: TCU will have to break in a pair of new starters on special teams next season. Kicker Ross Evans and punter Anson Kelton have exhausted their eligibility.

TEXAS TECH

Receiver: The Red Raiders' offense requires a lot of depth here. Tramain Swindall is the only loss at the position, but three more (Alex Torres, Cornelius Douglas, Darrin Moore) will be seniors. Douglas moved to cornerback this year after the team was racked with injury, but we'll see whether he moves back this offseason.

Offensive line: Tech has a huge need here. Four players won't be returning in 2012. Lonnie Edwards, Mickey Okafor and center Justin Keown must be replaced.

Defensive linemen: Tech's Donald Langley and Scott Smith are both out of eligibility, and juco transfer Leon Mackey will be a senior.

Ugly QB situation at KU not worth trouble

January, 20, 2012
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Brock Berglund expected to compete for the starting quarterback job at Kansas.

Turner Gill told him he'd have that opportunity. Charlie Weis explained that, with Dayne Crist headed to KU, he would not get that opportunity.

The more physically gifted and experienced Crist has one year left of college football. It's a shrewd way to do business, but fair. Simply put, Crist would be Kansas' best option at quarterback. The best way to get him to come to Kansas: Promise him the starting job for his lone season.

When Crist graduates, Weis has BYU transfer Jake Heaps, who also spent a season and a half as a starter, waiting to take over.

So, the only fair solution is to let Berglund chase his dream of playing college football elsewhere. Right?

Kansas apparently disagrees.

Berglund sent a news release this week to get his side of the story out. The Cliffs Notes version:
  • Upon being told he wouldn't be able to compete for the starting job, Berglund asked permission to simply speak with other schools to explore his options, not officially transfer. Doing so without the university signing off is against NCAA rules. Berglund's request was denied.
  • Berglund went on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City on Thursday to explain that if he stepped on campus for the new semester, it could delay his opportunity to play again if he transferred. Thus, he informed KU he would not be attending a mandatory team meeting last Sunday.
  • Monday, at a news conference, Weis said Berglund was among six players dismissed from the team. He declined to explain the reasons for any of the dismissals. Three other players, including quarterback Jordan Webb, will remain at KU but not play football. Weis said he supported Webb if he wanted to finish his undergraduate studies and then transfer elsewhere, like Crist did.
  • Berglund was not informed of the dismissal personally. He learned of the news via Internet reports and Twitter.
  • Despite dismissing Berglund from the team, the school won't release Berglund from his scholarship and allow him to transfer.
  • Berglund's now hired a lawyer and is appealing the decision in hopes of moving on.

Huh?

A Kansas spokesperson told multiple media outlets the school would have no comment, because the transfer request is in the appeals process.

Berglund, the nation's No. 13 quarterback in the 2011 class, signed with KU and enrolled early before returning to his home state of Colorado and leaving the team for the 2011 season to deal with a misdemeanor third-degree assault charge.

With Webb off the team and Heaps ineligible until 2012 because of NCAA transfer rules, Berglund's exit would leave the Jayhawks scrambling for a backup quarterback.

But is it worth what Weis had to surely know would result in a public mess to deny Berglund a chance to leave?

The whole situation seems pointless. KU doesn't have much to gain by forcing Berglund to stick around.

Instead, it's put its foot in the ground and now has a mess on its hands.

For a program with five wins in two years and plenty of people questioning Weis' hire, this isn't what the program needed.

Lunch links: Big 12 scheduling mess

January, 18, 2012
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Sometimes, saying "I made a mistake" is just too difficult.

Lunch links: SEC East ready for Mizzou?

January, 17, 2012
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You might be the luckiest man in the world ... and not even know it.

Lunch links: Oklahoma State at No. 2?

November, 29, 2011
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Sometimes you've just got to find an empty warehouse and dance. I mean, am I right?

Roundup: Big transfer, QB news

August, 24, 2011
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Lots of action across the Big 12 while we took a couple days off before the season. Here's a rundown to get you caught up:

Bears add former blue-chip recruit

Life didn't go as planned for Lache Seastrunk at Oregon. He was buried on the depth chart and became the hinge of a controversy between the program and Willie Lyles.

The Temple, Texas native has transferred and is getting a fresh start at Baylor, 40 miles from his hometown.

"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," Baylor coach Art Briles said, “on Texas soil at Baylor University where he will have the opportunity to get a quality education and play football at the highest level. We’re looking forward to him being a great teammate."

Seastrunk, a 5-foot-9, 188-pound shifty speedster, was ranked as the nation's No. 40 overall prospect in the 2010 class and the No. 6 running back.

Baylor's wide-open, zone-read system is somewhat similar to Oregon's (relatively speaking, on the scale of college football), but we'll see if the new start breeds big results for Seastrunk.

Rumors of Seastrunk's move swirled over the weekend, as did rumors that he would seek immediate eligibility from the NCAA. A Baylor spokesman could not confirm that Seastrunk was seeking clearance from the NCAA to play in 2011.

"I think I have strong, valid reasons why I'm coming home," Seastrunk told 1660 ESPN Radio in Central Texas on Tuesday, citing his need to be there for his grandmother and grandfather, who is battling emphysema.

Asked about his relationship with Will Lyles, Seastrunk said, "He didn't steer me to go to Oregon. It was all the decision on me and my family. We made the decision. I felt comfortable with it. He just gave me insight on a lot of schools and where to go. He didn't tell me where to go. ... I told him my top, he gave me all the goods and the bad about them and we deciphered through them."

New Cy-Hawk trophy gets trashed

The new Cy-Hawk trophy was unveiled at the Iowa State Fair on Friday.

Most everyone, yours truly included, hated it.

Tuesday, officials announced the trophy wouldn't make it to its official debut at the Iowa-Iowa State game on Sept. 10.

"The overwhelming feedback has been negative," Craig Floss, the CEO of the corn growers group, said. "Because we've listened ... people want something different than what was proposed last week. And we as Iowa corn growers and the farmers we represent, we want people to be happy."

An interim trophy will be used for this year's game before a new one is made for the 2012 game.

Fans will be able to suggest a design for its replacement. Good move, but ... an interim trophy? What's so bad about bringing back the original (a bad trophy, no doubt, but not awful) for one last go-around?

Texas Tech formally names Doege starter

It's been obvious for awhile, but Texas Tech officially handed the keys to the offense to junior quarterback Seth Doege. He distanced himself from Jacob Karam during the spring and solidified his spot during the fall.

"Seth Doege, right now, is going to be our starter,” Tuberville told reporters. "Everybody pretty much knows that. That could change, depending on how he practices.

"We pretty much figured he’d be the guy that gets the reins early. But I want to keep the pressure on him and give the other guys a chance to throw their hat in the ring."

Longhorns safety suspended three games

Texas starting safety Christian Scott has been suspended for the first three games of 2011 after being arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month.

"We're disappointed any time one of our players makes a poor decision, and Christian understands he made a mistake," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a release. "He has taken responsibility, is accepting the consequences of his actions and has returned to the team. He will be working with the scout team until he is eligible to play."

Scott's suspension could hurt the Longhorns already inexperienced secondary early. BYU comes to Austin in Week 2.

Fiesta Bowl moving to earlier in the year

The Big 12 champion, barring a national title appearance, heads to the Fiesta Bowl each year.

This year, it'll be a bit earlier than previously planned. The Fiesta Bowl is moving from Jan. 5 to Jan. 2.

The Cotton Bowl will remain in its late, primetime spot on Jan. 6.

Top target for Cyclones suffers broken toe

Darius Reynolds turned heads this spring in hopes that his potential was finally becoming production. He might have to hold off a bit.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound senior suffered a broken toe, and his status for the season opener against Northern Iowa is in doubt.

From the Ames Tribune:
"I should be running around by then,” Reynolds said. "If I am, I hope I’ll be playing."

Reynolds said he’ll be in a boot for about the next two weeks. If that time frame holds, the boot would come off days before the season opener.

Rhoads said they'll test what he can do in conditioning when the boot is off, but the Cyclones will need Reynolds badly for Week 2, when they host in-state rival Iowa.

Reynolds has the most potential in a receivings corps lacking a top talent. Reynolds caught 25 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns last season, but the Cyclones were led by tight end Collin Franklin, who graduated after last season.

I ranked Iowa State's receivers ninth in the conference, but if they're going to climb up that list, they'll need Reynolds to be more than healthy. He'll need to be effective, too.

Kansas QB won't be practicing this fall

The legal issues surrounding Brock Berglund will keep him off the practice field this fall. Berglund is facing an assault charge back in his home state of Colorado.

"He will remain enrolled as a KU student, and plans to resume all team activities in the spring semester," coach Turner Gill announced on Tuesday.

Kansas announced that Jordan Webb will be the team's starting quarterback for the season opener, but Berglund was one of the top signees in the 2011 class. Berglund enrolled at KU in January, but returned home before the team began spring practice.

Sophomore running back DeShaun Sands was also removed from the team for a violation of team policies.

Sands was arrested on Saturday for failure to appear in court in June regarding a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge in April.
Today is all about the QBs here at ESPN.com, and here's a look at each of the quarterback races in the Big 12.

IOWA STATE

[+] EnlargeJerome Tiller
Nelson Chenault/US PresswireJerome Tiller is expected to open as Iowa State's starting QB.
The safe bet: Jerome Tiller. Tiller, a junior, has filled in for Austen Arnaud much of the past two seasons, but struggled late last season after Arnaud suffered a season-ending knee injury. Tiller quarterbacked a win at Nebraska in 2009, but didn't look much improved in the game time he earned in 2010.

The wild card: Steele Jantz. Jantz is a speedy transfer from junior college in California who also arrived at Iowa State with his top receiver from the City College of San Francisco, Aaron Horne. Jantz will have to keep learning the offense, but can he inject life into the offense with his legs like Taylor Martinez did for Nebraska? Iowa State's version of The Decision is set for Aug. 20. Who will be taking their talents under center at Jack Trice Stadium? Give me the underdog in this race.

The dark horse: Jared Barnett. James Capello, a fourth contender, transferred, but Paul Rhoads says Barnett still has a chance. Can he make enough noise in fall camp to make that a reality?

KANSAS

The heavy favorite: Jordan Webb. Webb started seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2010, and appeared to take control during the summer, but he struggled last season. He should learn from experience, too. Last year's opening-day starter, Kale Pick, is now a receiver. Webb will almost certainly get the call for the season opener, but if he doesn't improve, that could change fast.

The underdog: Quinn Mecham. Mecham started four of the final five games for the Jayhawks, but the senior and junior college transfer might not be the best long-term option for Kansas. Webb learning on the go could pay off in the future, while any lessons Mecham learns will be out the door after the season. Mecham as the backup might be a better role for the team's greater good.

The wild cards: Brock Berglund and Michael Cummings, a pair of true freshmen. Cummings enters with a bit less talent but much less baggage. Berglund was a blue-chip recruit from Colorado, but legal issues stemming from an April assault charge have him spending much more time back home than anticipated. Berglund also missed summer voluntary workouts because of the charge and went back to Colorado before spring practice began, despite enrolling at Kansas in January, a semester earlier than the rest of the freshman class. Expect a redshirt for one of the two, but the two quarterbacks in front of them haven't exactly set the bar high. If the favorites struggle, don't be surprised to see Cummings or Berglund get a chance.

KANSAS STATE

The heavy favorite: Collin Klein. Coach Bill Snyder has already given Klein the status as Day 1 starter, but the Wildcats have played two quarterbacks before under Snyder, and Klein's backups could benefit from a similar strategy this season. The only rumors surrounding Klein are those of vast development during the summer, but he'll have to prove it during fall camp and early in the season to get a stranglehold on the job.

The hype man: Justin Tuggle. Tuggle replaced Cam Newton at Blinn Junior College and transferred to Kansas State before spring practice after originally playing for Boston College out of high school. Tuggle sounded like a strong contender entering spring practice, but didn't make it happen. We'll see if his status changes during fall camp.

The backup plan: Sammuel Lamur. Lamur was the No. 3 quarterback last season, and took over the No. 2 spot on the depth chart ahead of Tuggle during the spring. We haven't seen much of Lamur during his career, but this might be the year.

TEXAS

The favorite: Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert, despite his struggles in 2010, never got pulled and started all 12 games for the Longhorns. He looked unimpressive in the spring game, but indications from his teammates are that he's embodied the leadership aspect of the job, something coach Mack Brown covets. That might earn Gilbert the job, but if he doesn't look like a vastly different player this season, he'll lose it.

The wild card: Case McCoy. McCoy, the younger brother of that other McCoy kid you might have heard of, has taken on a bit of a fan-favorite role after his performance in the spring game, when he outplayed Gilbert. Despite his good numbers in the spring game, however, he looked uncomfortable and must make up for his lack of experience to oust Gilbert for the reins of the offense.

The mystery man: Connor Wood. Wood is a former high school All-American, but redshirted in 2010 and played sparingly in the spring game. Outside of a few snaps in spring, no one outside the locker room has had much of a chance to see Wood play, but if he starts making noise during fall camp, you'll hear it.

The young gun: David Ash. Coaches lauding true freshman quarterbacks in the spring is rare, but Ash arrived in Austin early and got a lot of compliments from the new Longhorns coaches. He's the long shot in this race, and Brown apologized to him for not getting him enough snaps in the spring game, but the coaches indicate he's still alive in the race.

Lunch links: Supersized Media Days Links

July, 26, 2011
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