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Best Big 12 QB is...?

Derek Duke wrote in his mailbag this week it's Sam Ehlinger. https://www.heartlandcollegesports.com/2019/04/16/big-12-football-mailbag-who-is-the-best-qb-in-the-big-12-conference/

Maybe it is? But if I had to take one QB for 2019 I would go with Hurts or Purdy.

Purdy's number were spectacular considering he was a Frosh.

It is Ehlinger until he proves me wrong, because he is that team. He is more than a QB, he is a leader.  As an ISU fan I was really impressed with how Ehlinger controlled and lead his team.

If Purdy can stay health all season (ISU hasn't started the same QB all season since 2009), he will probably have better stats.

Everyone seems to forget about Brewer. He will put up some video game numbers this season.

Last year I predicted Brewer to be a top 2-3 QB in the Big 12.  I was wrong. Partly because of his offensive line, but he still has the potential IMO. Ehlinger IS that team on the offensive side, if he gets better RB weapons or improved weapons in Ingraham, watch out.

In 2019 the best quarterback in the Big 12 will be Jalen Hurts. This doesn't mean he'll be the best athlete or best at the position necessarily, but the weapons he has around him coupled with a deep backfield and the coaching of Lincoln Riley will just make it unfair for the rest of the conference. OU will score another 45+ points per game, and much of that will come from the arm of Jalen Hurts. His numbers will be outrageous and I honestly believe he'll be in the Heisman discussion.

Would not shock me either, Victor. Especially when I saw Hurts play in the SEC title game when Tua got hurt, his accuracy and confidence was much improved over 2017. If Riley can take him to the next level with the pieces around him... watch out!!

Right now I feel the top 5 are:

1) Ehlinger

2)Brewer

3)Purdy

4)Bouman

5)Hurts

Hurts wasn't impressive at Alabama, he played like a game manager. I have been hearing good things about him at Oklahoma, but I want to see it first.

Ehlinger seems to be the team. Without him there will be a significant drop in play.

I don't like Baylor and I don't think they deserve anything nice, but Brewer will be very good this season, if he stays healthy.

Purdy needs to capitalize and grow this offseason, but he showed great skills and a winning mentality. He reminds me of tamer Baker Mayfield.

Bouman is a good QB, but I am not sure if it is him or the system. He is going to put up stats, but so does any other QB when Kliff was the coach.  It will be interesting to see how he takes to Wells offense and if the new staff changes from an air-raid to a more typical spread offense.

 

Given the same offensive line/skill position talent I would rank them as follows:

1. Sam Ehlinger - Sam showed as a true freshman in 2017 that he could be the entire offense despite a lack of consistency at the skill positions and a terrible offensive line.  In 2018 behind a solid offensive line, solid running backs and a great group of receivers he set the record for most TD’s ever in a single season by a Texas QB as a true sophomore.  In 2019 Texas returns 2 of their top 3 receivers, a running back with over 900 yards total offense and the offensive line will have more depth and talent than they have had in 10 years.  The Texas defense may take a step back but the Ehlinger will shine next year.

2. Alan Bowman - The bottom line is that if Bowman doesn’t get hurt last year then Tech is coming off an 8-9 win season and Kingsbury is still coaching in Lubbock.  If Matt Wells is smart enough to leave the offense alone and Bowman remains healthy then I think you could see Tech be the surprise of the Big 12 next year.

3. Jalen Hurts - Jalen Hurts path so far has been paved in gold.  He has played behind some of the best offensive lines and with some of the best running backs and wide receivers  in college football.  Despite that his passing numbers are good but not great.  He is a great runner.  OU loses four of five of their starters on the offensive line and also Hollywood Brown.  He doesn’t have the luxury that Kyler had of sitting two years to leave the offense.  He will be good.  A good comparison would be the transition of Trevone Boykin to Kenny Hill.  Trevone Boykin is to Kyler Murray as Kenny Hill is to Jalen Hurts.  Kenny Hill was good but nobody would confuse him for Trevone.

4. Brock Purdy - Purdy is a great player but showed as a freshman that if you pressured him then he could be rattled (e.g the Texas game).  He will likely not be nearly as easily rattled as a sophomore.  However, he is going to have to do it on his own more in 2019 without the help of Hakeem Butler and David Montgomery.  Iowa State has great skill players coming up.  However, to expect them to fill that void immediately is a lot to ask.

5. Charlie Brewer - I really like Charlie Brewer.  He is a gamer that can be incredibly accurate and is a threat to run.  However, his decision making at times can be infuriating.  So many times last year he would take a sack instead of throwing the ball away.  I have to see improved decision making on a consistent basis beforehand I rate him higher in this list.

6. Skylar Thompson - I think Thompson will surprise a lot of folks this year. He is a gamer that had his hands tied last year.  If he starts against Texas then KSU has a huge early season win last year.

7. TCU QB - There is too much talent on the TCU QB to be bad.  But without knowing who is going to start it is hard to warrant ranking them higher.

8. OSU QB - Same as TCU.

9. Austin Kendall - I like Neal Brown and I like Austin Kendall.  However, they just lose too much on offense for him to be higher.

10. Kansas QB - Not much explanation is needed.

Quote from schindler86 on May 11, 2019, 4:08 pm

Given the same offensive line/skill position talent I would rank them as follows:

1. Sam Ehlinger - Sam showed as a true freshman in 2017 that he could be the entire offense despite a lack of consistency at the skill positions and a terrible offensive line.  In 2018 behind a solid offensive line, solid running backs and a great group of receivers he set the record for most TD’s ever in a single season by a Texas QB as a true sophomore.  In 2019 Texas returns 2 of their top 3 receivers, a running back with over 900 yards total offense and the offensive line will have more depth and talent than they have had in 10 years.  The Texas defense may take a step back but the Ehlinger will shine next year.

2. Alan Bowman - The bottom line is that if Bowman doesn’t get hurt last year then Tech is coming off an 8-9 win season and Kingsbury is still coaching in Lubbock.  If Matt Wells is smart enough to leave the offense alone and Bowman remains healthy then I think you could see Tech be the surprise of the Big 12 next year.

3. Jalen Hurts - Jalen Hurts path so far has been paved in gold.  He has played behind some of the best offensive lines and with some of the best running backs and wide receivers  in college football.  Despite that his passing numbers are good but not great.  He is a great runner.  OU loses four of five of their starters on the offensive line and also Hollywood Brown.  He doesn’t have the luxury that Kyler had of sitting two years to leave the offense.  He will be good.  A good comparison would be the transition of Trevone Boykin to Kenny Hill.  Trevone Boykin is to Kyler Murray as Kenny Hill is to Jalen Hurts.  Kenny Hill was good but nobody would confuse him for Trevone.

4. Brock Purdy - Purdy is a great player but showed as a freshman that if you pressured him then he could be rattled (e.g the Texas game).  He will likely not be nearly as easily rattled as a sophomore.  However, he is going to have to do it on his own more in 2019 without the help of Hakeem Butler and David Montgomery.  Iowa State has great skill players coming up.  However, to expect them to fill that void immediately is a lot to ask.

5. Charlie Brewer - I really like Charlie Brewer.  He is a gamer that can be incredibly accurate and is a threat to run.  However, his decision making at times can be infuriating.  So many times last year he would take a sack instead of throwing the ball away.  I have to see improved decision making on a consistent basis beforehand I rate him higher in this list.

6. Skylar Thompson - I think Thompson will surprise a lot of folks this year. He is a gamer that had his hands tied last year.  If he starts against Texas then KSU has a huge early season win last year.

7. TCU QB - There is too much talent on the TCU QB to be bad.  But without knowing who is going to start it is hard to warrant ranking them higher.

8. OSU QB - Same as TCU.

9. Austin Kendall - I like Neal Brown and I like Austin Kendall.  However, they just lose too much on offense for him to be higher.

10. Kansas QB - Not much explanation is needed.

You know... Bowman at #2 here is very interesting. If KK was back I'd be more confident in this happening, but he was so darn impressive last season, if he's healthy and picks up Wells' offense quickly it would not shock me.

Austin Kendall can be the biggest riser on this list if WVU finds the offensive weapons it needs.

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