Thursday, February 28, 2013
K-State QB biggest impact juco transfer?
By David Ubben
This week, I asked you to weigh in with your vote as the Big 12's biggest impact junior college transfer next fall.
Whaddaya know, Big 12 fans dig the quarterback. junior college All-American quarterback and Kansas State transfer Jake Waters took home your vote by a sizeable margin. He hauled in 37 percent of the vote, outpacing every other contender by at least 16 percent of the votes.
It could definitely happen, and like I said in the post, he could be a household name this time next year. Coach Bill Snyder's track record with junior college transfers speaks for itself, and Waters has a good shot to win the quarterback job this spring when he goes head to head with Daniel Sams. I'm still a bit surprised Waters won the vote by that much.
Oklahoma defensive tackle Quincy Russell grabbed 21 percent of the vote, finishing second. He won't be a household name by this time next year, but how many Big 12 defensive tackles ever are? There's opportunity for him to make a big impact for the Sooners' depleted defensive line immediately.
My pick for the biggest impact, though? I'm looking square at Oklahoma State defensive end Sam Wren, who received 17 percent of the vote, good for fourth in the poll. Oklahoma State needs a ton of help there after losing three seniors, and I don't see a lot of potential in the guys following them up on the line. I obviously don't spend much time watching junior college football, but when Mike Gundy is talking about his recruiting class and Wren's name is one of the first out of his mouth, that's a very good sign. We'll see how Wren does this spring. Enrolling early will be huge for him.
Texas offensive tackle Desmond Harrison was third with 18 percent of the vote. I'd expect him to find a place in the rotation, but I don't know that I'd call him a huge impact player. Oddly, the highest-ranked player in the poll hauled in the fewest votes. Big 12 fans don't seem to be buying into defensive tackle Marquel Combs' potential to make an impact at Kansas. I'll be shocked if he doesn't start, but the nation's No. 3 overall prospect will have plenty to say in spring practice when KU kicks off next week.