Big 12 media days: Previewing Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Kansas football

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Oklahoma State

Coach: Mike Gundy (9th season, 67-35)

2012 record: 8-5

Season opener: Aug. 31 vs. Mississippi State (in Houston)

Key issues: Who will start under center for the Cowboys in 2013? With the transfer of Wes Lunt, the battle is between J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf. Chelf, a senior, played in eight games last season, completing 119 of 197 passes for 1588 yards and 15 touchdowns. Walsh, a sophomore, saw action in 10 games, throwing 163 passes and completing 109 for 1564 yards and 13 touchdowns. … Walsh also ran for 320 yards and seven touchdowns. … OSU will have to replace running back Joseph Randle, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys… Randle rushed for 1,417 yards in 2012.

Tarrant area tie: A familiar name has resurfaced on OSU’s roster: Daxx Garman, who transferred to Southlake Carroll before his senior year but was ruled ineligible by the UIL. Garman went to Arizona and transferred to OSU before last season.

Kansas State

Coach: Bill Snyder (22nd season, 170-85-1)

2012 record: 11-2

Season opener: Aug. 30 vs. North Dakota State

Key issues: It’s never easy replacing a Heisman Trophy finalist, but that’s the task for Snyder after the departure of Collin Klein. … Sophomore Daniel Sams seems to be the front-runner for the job, playing in eight games last season. In those appearances, he rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. … Also contending is Jake Waters, a junior college transfer who was the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Iowa Western after a 12-0 season and a national championship. … KSU must replace nine defensive starters, including linebacker Arthur Brown, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. … Blake Slaughter is a viable option. He started five times in 2010 and holds 52 career tackles.

Tarrant area tie: LB Will Davis (Southlake Carroll). Davis, the Defensive MVP of the 2011 5A UIL state championship game, enters his redshirt freshman season and is listed as the youngest player on the linebacker depth chart.

Kansas

Coach: Charlie Weis (2nd season, 1-11)

2012 record: 1-11

Season opener: Sept. 7 vs. South Dakota

Key issues: Almost everything needs to be fixed with the Jayhawks program, but offense is the most glaring problem. … Kansas averaged just 148.7 yards per game passing last season and scored just 27 touchdowns while allowing opponents to score 54. … Kansas ranked last in the conference in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense. … Kansas also ranked last in field goals and second to last in scoring by the kicking game in the conference, but that problem was an easy fix, Weis said Monday. “Change the kicker.”

Tarrant area tie: LB Prinz Kande (Euless Trinity). The rising senior made his first career start for Kansas last season against Rice, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game. He played in 23 games his first two seasons for a career total of 27 unassisted tackles.

Texas Tech

Coach: Kliff Kingsbury (1st season)

2012 record: 8-5

Season opener: Aug. 30 at SMU

Key issues: Former Tech quarterback Kingsbury returns to Lubbock in his first season as head coach. At 33, Kingsbury is the youngest head coach in a BCS conference and has much to prove despite developing Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy winner last season. … Tech is yet another Big 12 program with a quarterback spot to fill after losing Seth Doege (4,205 yards, 39 TDs). … He will be replaced by either sophomore Michael Brewer or freshman Davis Webb. … Brewer saw action in nine games in 2012, throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns.

Tarrant area tie: LB Micah Awe (Mansfield Summit). The sophomore linebacker is listed as the first-string middle linebacker in Tech’s 3-4 defense. Awe played in 13 games last season, recording 12 tackles.

— Travis Brown

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