New QBs abound in the Big 12, beginning with Baylor

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More information Quotable “He was very diligent in his approach to the game mentally and physically played fearlessly on the field so I’m not at all surprised where he’s at. It’s a great chance for him to get started on his collegiate [coaching] career at a very early age, which is a big, big plus.” — Baylor coach Art Briles on Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who he coached at Texas Tech from 2000 to 2002. “I think we’re going to be much more representative of a Big 12 football team. I didn’t feel like that was the case a year ago. I felt like we were playing with a bad hand.” — Kansas defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who along with coach Charlie Weis, is preparing for his second season with the Jayhawks.

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The Big 12 will abound with new quarterbacks in 2013. More than half the teams will feature offenses run by first-time starters.

No one has been more used to switching gears at the quarterback position in recent years than Baylor’s Art Briles. He’s had a different starter the previous two seasons and will have junior Bryce Petty making his first start in 2013.

Petty, who attended Midlothian High School, has completed 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards in 11 appearances behind Robert Griffin III in 2011 and Nick Florence in 2012.

“With new QBs, there’s always question marks up in the air,” Briles said. “You don’t really know until you know and the only way to know is get out on the field with them in the heat of battle and find out how they respond. Yeah, it changes the dynamics of the league 100 percent.”

Oklahoma will rely much more on Blake Bell, who has been used extensively as a short-yardage and goal-line quarterback while backing up Landry Jones.

“He’s always been able to throw the football well,” coach Bob Stoops said. “He throws a great deep ball. When we recruit them, it’s all about how they throw, not how they run.”

Inexperienced quarterbacks will have big shoes to fill at more than half the schools in the Big 12, most notably at West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Briles expects Petty to have soaked in a lot of knowledge during his three seasons as a backup.

“He better had benefited a lot,” Briles said. “If he hasn’t, that’s his fault. You can buy a lot of things, but experience isn’t one of them. And that’s something you have to live, so he got a lot of experience sitting in the meeting rooms, watching all the stuff from the sidelines.”

DFW pipeline key for Kansas

Kansas has 14 players on its roster from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including four from Arlington-area high schools. Seniors Dextor Linton and Christian Matthews hail from Arlington Bowie and Chris Omigie is from Arlington Martin. Sophomore Damon Martin attended Arlington High.

Kansas defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who coached with the Dallas Cowboys for nearly 20 years, said DFW-area recruits are vital to Kansas.

“I know the competition level in Texas, No. 1, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Campo, who was filling in for head coach Charlie Weis. “I think it’s important for us to be in there because it’s relatively close. I still have my grandchildren and children in Dallas and we get back there all the time. That’s an area we need to be serious in. However, there are a number of Texas schools in that area that are very difficult to compete with so we have to go in there and kind of pick and choose the guys we have an opportunity to be involved with.

“We’re obviously going to try to get the best players we can get. I don’t think we’re going to back away from anybody. We have three coaches in the Dallas area recruiting and it’s a big, big area for us but we also have to look elsewhere as well.”

Cowboys QB competition

Oklahoma State listed quarterbacks Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf equally atop its post-spring depth chart, released Monday morning. Each threw for more than 1,000 yards in 2012. Walsh, a sophomore from Denton Guyer High School, was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and was 3-0 in his three starts.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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