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Friday, March 15, 2013
Tech's Brewer primed for breakout?

By David Ubben

I've been saying it plenty this spring, but apparently the readers are on board, too.

If you want to see a breakout player in the Big 12 this spring, look no further than Lubbock, Texas, where new coach Kliff Kingsbury has a talented signal-caller to build his program around in Year 1.

I'm buying sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer as a breakout star this season, and the fans weighed in with a rousing 44 percent of the vote as the biggest spring star in the league. That was 25 percent more than the second-place finisher.

I buy Baylor's Bryce Petty as another breakout star at quarterback, but he received just 19 percent of the vote to come in a distant second. There's a lot of possible breakout guys at quarterback this year, but those are the two I buy most. I like the combination of experience within the program, good pedigree and solid physical skills. We'll see what they have between the ears once they take the field, but those two will have plenty of eyes on them this spring.

Oklahoma defensive end D.J. Ward is still waiting to be officially cleared to practice this spring, but the Oklahoma high school star checked in with 13 percent of the vote.

TCU running back Aaron Green grabbed 12 percent of the vote along with Oklahoma State defensive end Sam Wren. No respect for the lesser-known guys, but they'll get their chance on the field this spring.