Leading up to the start of the college football season we are looking at the skill position groups for each team by highlighting a key stat or data point. Our first two installments were on running backs and wide receivers. Next, we will shift gears to look at the quarterback position.
There is no more important position than the quarterback position. In the Big 12, with most teams running a spread offense, the quarterback is asked to throw the ball more and for more yards than any Power 5 conference (35 attempts and 280 yards per game in 2016).
The Big 12 enters the year top heavy at the position led by Heisman trophy candidates in OU’s Baker Mayfield and OSU’s Mason Rudolph. Expectations are heightened for teams such as West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor, as they transition to new quarterbacks. TCU, Texas and Kansas will have quarterback battles in fall camp to determine to use the QB with experience or go in a different direction. They have a saying for teams with a struggling quarterback, the most popular player on the team is the backup quarterback.
How will the Big 12’s most important players stack up this season? Hit next and let’s look at the numbers.