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Bear Baylor: Charlie Brewer, QB
Brewer rushed for 400 yards against Oklahoma in September, 308 yards in a major game against Texas Tech and had 384 passing yards and 109 rushing yards in the Texas Bowl victory over Vanderbilt. It was very inconsistent, but these three games are upbeat for Waco.
Iowa State Cyclones: Brock Purdy, QB
It took Kyle Kempt's week 1 injury and a few weeks of Zeb Noland's ineffective play for Purdy to even make it, but the Cyclones found something special in that rookie. Excluding the one who knelt against Akron, Purdy scored for at least 230 yards and scored several touchdowns, while leading Iowa State to win each of his first five games. He stumbled up to the finish line, but he will be (at least) the third best quarterback in the Big 12s when he regains that form.
Kansas Jayhawks: Pooka Williams, RB
Williams collected 1125 yards in 11 games, including 252 against Oklahoma in mid-November. It's been more than 10 years since Kansas fans no longer have to marvel, but the latter and new coach Miles will make at least things interesting.
Kansas State Wildcats: James Gilbert, RB
If Kansas State should rebound after a disappointing 5-7 season, he must at least replace Alex Barnes, who ran for 1,355 yards and 12 touchdowns. The hope is that this Ball State transfer fills this void because Gilbert had an almost identical line of 1,350 yards and 12 scores in sophomore in 2016.
Oklahoma Sooners: CeeDee Lamb, WR
Hollywood Brown is now in the NFL, but the Sooners still have a wide receiver to help ease Jalen Hurts' transition into this attack. Lamb had 1,158 yards at the front desk and 11 touchdowns in the second year. He has accumulated at least three receptions and 50 yards in each of his last 10 games, including the century record in the Big 12 Championship against Texas and in the CFP semifinal against Alabama.
Cowboys from the state of Oklahoma: Tylan Wallace, WR
Only Andy Isabella of Massachusetts had more yards receiving in 2018 than Wallace's 1,491. Quite an escape campaign for a guy who only made seven receptions as a freshman the previous season. In each of the Cowboys' major games against Texas and Oklahoma, he had 10 receptions, two touchdowns and at least 220 yards.
Texas LonghornsSam Ehlinger, QB
Ehlinger has taken a big step forward as a sophomore and will enter his first junior year as one of the best Heisman nominees unnamed Tua Tagovailoa or Trevor Lawrence. He launched 25 touchdowns, 16 and only five interceptions. In both games against Oklahoma, he has totaled at least 385 yards and four touchdowns. Do it again this year and the Longhorns could go to the playoffs.
Horned frogs TCU: Jalen Reagor, WR
Wallace and Lamb are increasingly acclaimed at the national level when they discuss Big 12 receivers, but do not sleep on Reagor. Although TCU's quarterback situation in 2018 was very turbulent, it managed to store 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also accumulated 170 yards and two more goals and has averaged 164.2 total yards in his last five regular season games.
Texas Tech Red Raiders: Alan Bowman, QB
In four games, Bowman averaged 389.3 yards and had 10 touchdowns. He had a partially collapsed lung in the fifth week, but returned a few weeks later to Kansas for a total of 408 yards and three touchdowns. Not bad for a real freshman. If he had been able to stay healthy, he would have easily overshadowed 4,000 yards and managed to push 5,000 yards. Buy stock as you can.
West Virginia Mountaineers: Austin Kendall, QB
Since bidding Geno Smith farewell in 2012, West Virginia has always relied on shift work for transfers. It was two years of Clint Trickett (Florida State) followed by two years of Skyler Howard (Riverside City) and two years of Will Grier (Florida). It is time for Kendall (Oklahoma) to join this fraternity. It may be difficult to sled for the Sooner group, as mountaineers had to replace the top four receivers of last year.
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