2013 quarterback rankings: Casey Pachall and the Big 12
Seven of the 10 schools scored more than 35 points per game last season, and five of them averaged over 330 yards through the air. However, there is a ton of turnover in the Big 12 this fall as just one program returns its starting quarterback from a year ago (David Ash, Texas).
Iowa State's Sam Richardson, Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf and Oklahoma's Blake Bell saw sporadic playing time in 2012, while Casey Pachall was the starter for TCU from 2011 through the first four games of last season.
With no clear No. 1 quarterback returning for 2013, the Big 12 has an a solid list and strong potential surrounding the most important (and difficult) position on the field. Which player will step up and become the next Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy?
1. Casey Pachall, SR, TCU (2012 stats: 948 yards, 10 touchdowns, 1 interceptions -- suspended for season following Week 4)
Pachall has a huge task in front of him with dual-threat stud Trevone Boykin wanting to remain the starter, but the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder’s difficult journey back into the starting lineup is inevitable. After a successful substance abuse rehabilitation this offseason, Pachall is prepared to reclaim his starting spot under center and lead what could be a special Horned Frogs team this season. If he can pick up where he left off before he was suspended, Pachall can easily be the most efficient quarterback in the Big 12—and possibly the country.
2. David Ash, JR, Texas (2,699 yards, 19 touchdowns, 8 interceptions)
This is the make-it or break-it year for not only David Ash, but Mack Brown and the entire Texas coaching staff. Ash has shown glimpses of star power under center, but also has been the reason of headache for Burnt Orange Nation. There is so much potential with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound gunner, but he's never really taken control of the offense like many have expected. This is his year to do so. If he matures and develops enough this summer, look out—the Longhorns could be a dangerous BCS-bound team.
3. Bryce Petty, JR, Baylor
Petty just finished his fourth spring practice under Art Briles' system and has learned from both Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence. His 14 career pass attempts may say that he's inexperienced—and he is from an in-game standpoint—but he knows the offense and competition extremely well. Petty is unproven, but this seems like the story with each and every Baylor quarterback as of late. Florence was an unknown before throwing for 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. The Bears definitely have a QB-friendly scheme and Petty will fit in just fine with his big, Big 12-worthy arm.