The Big 12 season is only a few weeks away. We start to look at who are the best players in the conference at each position. There is no better place to start than at QB. One name that may shock some people to not be on this list is Spencer Sanders. I think expectations were set way too high for his skillset. Inconsistency and bad turnovers have been the reason for the offensive struggles with the Cowboys the last two years. With less weapons this year, I don’t see him being better than the other five guys on this list.
5. Jarret Doege
Doege is now in his fifth season in college football. After two years at Bowling Green, he transferred to West Virginia and played in four games in 2019 to still receive his redshirt. After starting every game last year, Doege was pulled in the bowl game due to a bad first half so that is reason for concern. He was able to get four 300 yard passing games and only 1 interception in the last six games despite issues at the receiver position last year. The depth and improvement at wide out could mean for a big season for the Mountaineer signal caller.
4. Max Duggan
Duggan is a duel threat quarterback that has put up the second most touchdowns in the Big 12 over the last two seasons. He wasn’t sure if he would be able to play football last season after finding a lifelong heart condition during COVID testing. He came back and got a few big wins over Oklahoma State and Texas. He had 679 all purpose yards and 5 touchdowns in those two games. After a full offseason, I think those games will happen more in 2021.
3. Skylar Thompson
Thompson is the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 and the only one to take down Oklahoma more than once. He’s coming off shoulder surgery but appears to be ready to go for the start of the season. Kansas State struggled without him in the lineup and really shines at what the Wildcats want to do offensively.
2. Brock Purdy
I think there is more of a gap between one and two than most people, but Purdy is easily sitting at number two in the conference. He’ll hold most Iowa State records by the end of his career and is a big reason many believe they could be in the playoff hunt.
1. Spencer Rattler
Next man up in the Oklahoma QB train. Lincoln Riley knows how to draw up offenses to showcase all different types of quarterbacks. It took Rattler a little while to get comfortable but he found his rhythm and finished with 3,000 passing years and 28 TDs. He can make every throw showcased by his 13 completions of 40+ yards. Rattler will be a top five quarterback this year and compete for the Heisman Trophy.