Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Poll: The Big 12's passing leader in 2013
By David Ubben
Everybody knows about the Big 12's quarterback tradition, but which passer will lead the Big 12 in passing yards in 2013?
Cast your vote. We only have room for five options, so if your pick isn't on the poll, send me an email here to make a case for your selection. I'll print some of the best.
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: Petty has a mere 140 career passing yards at Baylor, and the Bears' Nick Florence led the league in passing a year ago. Petty's got more physical gifts, less experience and not quite as talented of a receiving corps. Art Briles' offense is a proven entity and Petty's been in it for four years.
Clint Chelf, QB, Oklahoma State: Chelf will command a Cowboys offense that had the Big 12's passing leader in 2011 in Brandon Weeden. Chelf doesn't have Weeden's arm, but he's got a deep roster at receiver with Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore and Blake Jackson returning, with newcomers Ra'Shaad Samples and Marcell Ateman joining the crew.
David Ash, QB, Texas: Ash is the Big 12's most experienced quarterback and has a pair of great receivers to throw to in Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley. Ash has the luxury of a powerful running game to aid him, but he's got just three career games with at least 300 passing yards. Will he turn the corner this season?
Casey Pachall, QB, TCU: At his best, Pachall has proven himself better than any current Big 12 quarterback, but he's got a lot to prove after missing the final games of 2012. He was on his way to a 4,000-yard season before a drunken driving arrest, and the Frogs' balanced offense will limit his attempts to some degree in 2013.
The field: Tons of possible candidates in this group. My top pick would be Texas Tech's Michael Brewer, but what about Oklahoma's Blake Bell? Would you cast a vote for Daniel Sams or Jake Waters? West Virginia's Ford Childress, Paul Millard or Clint Trickett could be in the mix as well. Would you take a flyer on Kansas' Jake Heaps or Iowa State's Sam Richardson to have a breakout season? Cast your vote and don't forget to send me your case if you vote for the field.