Is Clint Chelf the No. 1 quarterback in the Big 12?
The Big 12 should have one of the most wide-open battles at quarterback for first-team all-conference honors in 2013.
TCUâs Casey Pachall is back after a suspension, but he isnât guaranteed the starting job. Oklahomaâs Blake Bell has a lot of talent and should thrive in his first year as the No. 1 quarterback. However, he has yet to prove he can consistently beat defenses with his arm.
Texas Techâs Michael Brewer is another intriguing name to watch. But just like Bell, Brewer does not have a start under his belt.
With the uncertainty surrounding the other options, is Oklahoma Stateâs Clint Chelf poised to become the top quarterback in the Big 12?
The 2013 college football season is still over 100 days away, but itâs never too early to start talking predictions and expectations for each team going into 2013.
Athlon Sportsâ college football top 25 countdown for 2013 is officially underway. To provide some insight into the selections and rankings for 2013, Athlonâs editors will be debating some of the hottest topics from the preseason throughout May.
Oklahoma State ranks as the No. 16 team in Athlon's Top 25 Countdown for 2013.
Is Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf the Big 12's Best Quarterback for 2013?
David Fox (@DavidFox615)
Chelf is going to have to put more distance between himself and J.W. Walsh before becoming the Big 12âs top quarterback. Walsh, a more credible running threat, had better efficiency numbers in his stint as the starter, but Chelf drew the tougher starting assignments against Kansas State and Oklahoma. Chelf -- or Walsh, for that matter -- will play in a proven system, but another QB in the league could just as easily take first-team all-conference honors. TCUâs Casey Pachall has much to prove. First, heâll have to prove he can quarterback his team after leaving midseason to deal with substance abuse. Second, heâll have to prove he can beat Big 12 teams. Heâs 16-2 as a starter with a 35-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but he hasnât faced a Big 12 defense tougher than Kansas in 2012 or Baylor in 2011. Texasâ David Ash started last season on a hot streak. If he can carry the same over the course of a full season, he could be the top QB in this league. And Iâm not ready to write off new quarterbacks at Oklahoma, Texas Tech or Baylor. Chelf may be the clubhouse leader in May, but there will be plenty of competition by November and December. Iâm just not sure where it comes from.
Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
Since he may not even be the best quarterback on his own team, I have to say no. Oklahoma State's system is the real star as it produces numbers no matter who is under center. For me, this battle comes down to Casey Pachall at TCU and Blake Bell at Oklahoma. Bell is a monster who will wow scouts with his size, mobility and arm. He has 24 career rushing touchdowns before even starting one game and has arguably the best supporting cast in the league. Two years ago, Pachall made fans in Ft. Worth nearly forget about Andy Dalton by taking over and producing from the word go. He was second in the Mountain West (Kellen Moore) in passing efficiency as just a sophomore. Pachall was off to an elite start last year â two 300-yard games in his first four â before getting suspended indefinitely for off-the-field issues. If he can stay the course off the field, he might be the Big 12's most talented quarterback â and could be a Big 12 champion by season's end.
Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Projecting who will be the Big 12âs No. 1 quarterback at the end of 2013 is no easy task. With Collin Klein, Geno Smith, Landry Jones, Seth Doege and Nick Florence all departing, thereâs no clear top signal-caller returning to the conference.
Although Clint Chelf has yet to start a full season, he is my pick to be the No. 1 quarterback in the Big 12. Outside of Chelf, TCUâs Casey Pachall, Oklahomaâs Blake Bell or Texas Techâs Michael Brewer are in consideration for first-team honors. However, Pachall is locked into a tight battle with Trevone Boykin for the starting nod, while Brewer and Bell have yet to make a start. Bell is an intriguing option, but he has yet to prove he can be a consistent passer.
With Wes Lunt transferring, Chelf is clearly the No. 1 quarterback in Stillwater. After taking over the job late in the season, the senior averaged 256.1 yards per game and tossed 14 touchdowns over the final six contests. Chelf had a good performance against Baylor (333 yards) and threw for 253 yards and one score against Oklahoma.
Thereâs no sure-fire candidate to be the No. 1 quarterback in the Big 12 or the preseason favorite to be picked as first-team all-conference. However, with one of the nationâs top receiving corps returning and a solid offensive line, Chelf should post huge numbers in 2013, along with leading Oklahoma State to a Big 12 title.
Even though Chelf should be able to put up big numbers leading a Cowboys offense that led the Big 12 in scoring and finished second in total yards last season, I am going to take TCU's Casey Pachall as the conference's top quarterback this season. Pachall is hoping to write a fairy-tale ending to what started out as a tragedy when he left school last October following some off-the-field issues related to substance abuse. Fortunately for Pachall, he got the treatment he needed and has worked hard to his earn second chance.
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