In terms of quarterback depth, it’s actually a down year for the Big 12 Conference.
Outside of Mason Rudolph, there aren’t many dynamic game changers at the position, at least, not any that have fully proven their abilities
Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State Cowboys
There isn’t another quarterback in the Big 12 with anywhere near the pro potential Rudolph posseses. He’s 6’5, 235 pounds with a rocket launcher attached to his arm. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, turning it over just four times. Rudolph is looking to carve up the Red Raider secondary for the second year in a row, after a 395-yard, two touchdown performance in a narrow 45-44 Oklahoma State win last season.
Will Grier, junior, West Virginia Mountaineers
I cannot wait to watch Grier play football in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. He’s probably the most interesting quarterback in the Big 12, knowing the success he had at Florida during his freshman season before getting caught using PEDs. In his five games as a Gator, Grier went 5-0 with 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. If Holgorsen could turn Skylar Howard into an assassin at the quarterback position, imagine what he’s going to do with Grier. Yikes.
Jesse Ertz, senior, Kansas State Wildcats
Ertz isn’t going to light you up with his arm like Rudolph, but the kid can run the football with the best of them. Last year, Ertz ran for more than 1,000 yards (one of eight players in the Big 12 Conference to do so, including running backs) and 12 touchdowns. In the matchup against Texas Tech, Ertz led the Wildcats to a 44-38 victory in Manhattan, despite completing just 10 passes. The 6’3 junior ran for 83 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 104 yards and another score. The Red Raiders have a much stronger front-seven and this year’s game will be played in Lubbock, so the improved run defense and friendlier atmosphere could translate into a win this time around.
Want to know more about the quarterbacks Tech will face this year? Read Ranking the Big 12 quarterbacks.