2019 Big 12 Quarterback Rankings
Writer: Chandler Mumme
Sam Ehlinger, Texas: The Texas quarterback stood on the Sugar Bowl podium last season and proclaimed the Texas was “back.” After his fantastic season accounting for 41 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions, it is clear for the first time since 2009, the Longhorns will have a proven leader at quarterback. The only question is how Ehlinger and the Horns will handle the preseason hype?
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma: The former SEC player of the year comes into Oklahoma as the 3rd straight transfer quarterback following Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. With a plethora of weapons around him and playing for one of the best offensive minds in college football, Hurts should be very successful at Oklahoma.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State: After his breakout performance in Stillwater last season, Purdy took over the quarterback job and never looked back. Purdy was 7-2 as the starter leading ISU to the Alamo Bowl. The Cyclones offense does lose key pieces such as David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler.
Alan Bowman, Texas Tech: Injuries limited Bowman’s freshman season to only eight games, but when healthy Bowman was as good as anyone on this list. Bowman should fit in Matt Wells’s offensive scheme and is poised for a big year.
Charlie Brewer, Baylor: Baylor’s football program is headed back in the right direction in large effort of Lake Travis product Charlie Brewer. Brewer ended his 2018 campaign with back-to-back 300 yard games against Texas Tech and Vanderbilt. Star receiver Denzel Mims returning will be a huge boost for Brewer.
Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State has traditionally had good quarterbacks under Mike Gundy and I don’t expect that to change with the redshirt freshmen. Sanders was the top ranked quarterback prospect in Texas from the 2018 class. Sanders is competing with freshman Brendan Costello and Hawaii transfer Dru Brown for the starting nod this offseason.
Austin Kendall, West Virginia: The Oklahoma transfer is looking to get the Neal Brown era off to a good start in Morgantown. Kendall, a former four-star, has had limited snaps while backing up both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in which he has thrown for 265 yards on 39 attempts.
Skylar Thompson, Kansas State: Thompson has made 14 starts over the past two seasons and should be a good fit in the offensive scheme of new coach Chris Klieman. With running back Alex Barnes off to the NFL, Thompson will need to take control of the offense and have a big year.
Alex Delton, TCU: The Kansas State transfer will compete with Mathew Baldwin, who is awaiting a waiver to play, and Justin Rodger who has been battling injuries his whole career. Last season Delton split stars with Skylar Thompson at KSU before ultimately deciding to transfer after the coaching change.
Thomas MacVittie, Kansas: MacVittie is the frontrunner to start for the Jayhawks in the first year of the Les Miles era. MacVittie was the No.3 ranked JUCO quarterback after passing for 1,024 yards and 16 touchdowns with Mesa Community College in 2018.