For the last three seasons, Big 12 football has been defined by Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield.
Now Mayfield has taken his incredibly efficient numbers and ultra-competitive nature to the Cleveland Browns and something has to fill that void.
Don’t discount the Sooners continuing their run of conference titles. At the same time, opportunity abounds as well.
Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the happenings during spring practice:
Expect the quarterback competition at Texas to continue … and continue … and continue some more.
Clearly, coach Tom Herman isn’t going to offer many clues. He was recently asked if the season was to start today, who would start between sophomore Sam Ehlinger and junior Shane Buechele.
“That is a question that is rightfully answered in training camp,” Herman said, praising the development of his two veterans as well as incoming freshmen Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson.
Herman noted offensive coordinator Tim Beck for his work with Ehlinger, who competed 57.5 percent of his passes last season, specifically the improvement on Ehlinger’s release. “It’s noticeable,” Herman said. “HeBig 12
is making some throws in scrimmage situations that I don’t know he could have made last year. That’s really exciting.”
The issue has been different with Buechele, who possesses a strong, accurate arm and threw for 280 yards in his college debut against Notre Dame. Herman wants his quarterbacks to be vocal leaders, which doesn’t exactly fit Buechele’s personality. Herman says he doesn’t want Buechele to be a passive practice participant.
“I told him the other day, ‘You’re not the third-string cello. You’re the conductor of this orchestra.’ He’s really taken that challenge and run with it,” Herman said.