Outside of Oklahoma and the addition of Jalen Hurts, there’s no more interesting a quarterback situation in the Big 12 than at TCU.
That’s what happens when you head into a season with not two, not three, but SIX quarterbacks vying for the starting job.
“They all want to be the guy.”– TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
Patterson spoke quite a bit about his QBs and the battle between them all. While he wasn’t ready to name a starter, what he had to say about Kansas State transfer Alex Delton makes it hard to see anyone else running the offense when the season starts.
“…he saved us because really with Shawn [Robinson]’s transfer, we didn’t have any other quarterbacks. Mike [Collins] was out for the spring. Justin [Rogers] was not 100% and you had a freshman coming in, so to have an older guy coming in like that really made a big difference in how our spring went down.”– Gary Patterson
Delton isn’t going to blow anyone away statistically, but he was a solid option at Kansas State. The last two seasons he’s completed 56.4% of his passes for 1,191 yards and five touchdowns, and tossed four interceptions, to go along with 734 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
But experience matters. Both having been in Fort Worth and learning the system during the Spring, and when it comes to playing in the Big 12.
“… a guy that’s learned how to prepare for a Big 12 game and we haven’t had — we don’t have a lot of guys at that position that have learned how to do that.”– Gary Patterson
Yes there are six guys fighting for the job, but Matt Baldwin’s eligibility is still up in the air, Rogers still isn’t 100%, Duggan and Downing are true freshmen, and Collins was… not great last season when he played.
Throw in the fact that Delton has the amount of experience he does against Big 12 teams, and it makes it hard not to think that the season begins against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on August 31st, Delton will be the guy.