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Quarterbacks could keep Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas in Big 12 race for 2014

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With All Big 12 quarterback Bryce Petty returning as a senior, he should give the Baylor Bears a chance to defend last year's conference championship in their new stadium on the scenic Brazos River. Coach Art Briles' success with quarterbacks also resulted in Baylor recruiting highly-ranked quarterback Chris Johnson who has decided to redshirt with returning quarterback Seth Russell proving to be a talented backup last year. Four-star recruit Johnson showed enough talent in high school to possibly follow in the footsteps of RG III, Nick Florence and Petty as a topflight signal-caller.

However, the exceptional game quarterback Trevor Knight had for the Oklahoma Sooners against mighty Alabama in the Sugar Bowl so impressed that many experts are picking the Big Red to win the Big 12 next year. The talented Crimson Tide could not find a way to stop Knight whenever it counted in the Sooners' major upset win. Knight's performance also had the effect of causing Coach Bob Stoopes to move former quarterback Blake Bell to tight end. Bell is still available for quarterback duties and shone by hitting key passes in the wins against Notre Dame and Oklahoma State last year.

Texas appears deep at quarterback also which should keep the Longhorns in the thick of the championship race once again. Only a late-season loss to Baylor kept UT from the title in 2013. David Ash, a blue chip recruit, missed most of last season with a concussion injury. With his combined skills of running and passing he could be the key to the Horns success if he can stay healthy. However, heralded Tyrone Swoopes is in the wings and showed flashes of brilliance in 2013 during the rare occasions when he replaced Case McCoy in the lineup.

With the talent these three teams have at quarterback, they should be competitive in every game they play next year.

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