Roundtable: Big 12 team with lingering questions?


Earlier today we looked at a pair of Big 12 teams that answered questions during the spring.

But which teams enter the summer with lingering questions? All 10 teams tried to address their concerns during their 15-practice spring schedules, but plenty of those same concerns still remain. We spotlight a pair of Big 12 teams that enter the summer with unsettled questions:

Max Olson: Texas is probably going to end up being the most unpredictable team in the Big 12. Like I’ve written before, they’re going to be young -- really young. The quarterback situation is more of a toss-up now than it was to start spring ball, and several other spots will have to be fortified by incoming freshmen. The decision on Tyrone Swoopes vs. Jerrod Heard will greatly affect this team’s ceiling, and that isn’t coming any time soon. Charlie Strong’s rebuilding efforts are on the right track, but this team is still likely a year away. Texas will need a strong summer and a bunch of breakthroughs in fall camp to be ready for their opener at Notre Dame and another tricky Big 12 slate.

Brandon Chatmon: The youthful Longhorns have plenty of questions that didn’t get answered but we knew that was a legit possibility before the spring began. Kansas State, however, seems to have taken a step backward. Or, at the very least, was treading water during the spring. I figured the Wildcats would find some answers at the offensive skill positions as they looked to replace Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett. Yet KSU enters the summer with a laundry list of questions. Joe Hubener didn’t run away with the starting quarterback spot, a legit threat has yet to emerge at running back, and receiving threats like Deante Burton need to show better consistency. There is hope in the form of Burton, true freshman quarterback Alex Delton and potential kick return ace Dominique Heath. But if the Wildcats hope to earn a spot in the Big 12 title race for the second straight season, it’s going to require another superb coaching job from Bill Snyder and some skill position players to make major leaps forward during the summer months.