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Baylor Bears: QB Blake Shapen

One of the main reasons the Bears beat Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game was shaping. Filling in for an injured Gerry Bohanon, who has since moved to USF, Shapen threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named the game’s MVP. Now that the starting QB job is wholly owned by Shapen, he should have a big year.

Hurricanes in the State of Iowa: WR Xavier Hutchinson

The Cyclones have a lot of talent to replace in 2022. Iowa State brought back just five starters on offense and three on defense last year. Gone are star running back Breece Hall as well as quarterback Brock Purdy. Hutchinson will be a prime target for new Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers. Last season, the receiver had 83 receptions for 987 yards and five touchdowns.

Kansas Jayhawks: S. Kenny Logan Jr.

For two straight seasons, Logan has led the Jayhawks in total tackles. In 2021, he had 113 total stops, including six demolitions and one interception. He also led the Big 12 in tackles. Logan is also a kick returner for Kansas. He averaged 27.9 yards per return last season.

Kansas State Wildcats: RB Deuce Vaughn

Vaughn has been a versatile playmaker for the Wildcats since his real freshman season in 2020. He won Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team in both rushing and receiving yards. In 2021, he didn’t slow down, rushing for 1,404 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground and 468 yards receiving, which was second on the team. K-State is only getting back two starters along the offensive line, but Vaughn should have another big year.

Oklahoma Sooners: QB Dillon Gabriel

Brent Venables starts a new era in Norman in 2022. Oklahoma is getting back just 10 total starters from last year’s team, which finished 11-2 under now-USC head coach Lincoln Riley. At quarterback, Venables landed former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel to lead his offense. In three seasons with the Knights, Gabriel threw for 8,037 yards and 70 touchdowns. In order for the Sooners to be in contention for the Big 12 title, Gabriel putting up big numbers will be key.

Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders

Sanders had his best season as a redshirt junior in 2021, and he’s steadily improved during his three years at Stillwater. He threw for 2,839 yards and 20 touchdowns, the third-most in last season’s Big 12. Although his four-interception game against Baylor in the Big 12 title game was glaring, he recovered well against Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl. Sanders went 34 of 51 for 371 yards, four touchdowns and no picks. He won the bowl game’s MVP award for his efforts.

TCU Horned Frogs: WR Quentin Johnston

New TCU head coach Sonny Dykes is still waiting to name a starting quarterback at Fort Worth. Whoever wins the job should find Johnson as their favorite target. The junior led the Horned Frogs in 634 yards, 19.2 yards per reception and six points last season. He also had three games with 100+ yards reception. Even more impressive is that he compiled those numbers while missing three games.

Texas Longhorns: RB Bijan Robinson

That choice was pretty obvious. One of the best running backs in the country, Robinson has a Heisman hype. Last season, he rushed for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. A true freshman in 2020, he rushed for 703 yards. His 1,830 rushing yards ranks 21st in Longhorns history. Robinson is getting three offensive linemen back in 2022, so it looks like he’s in for an even bigger season.

Texas Tech Red Raiders: P Austin McNamara

Austin McNamara is one of the most talented players in the country. Last season as a junior, McNamara averaged 48.2 yards on his 42 punts. He broke Texas Tech’s school record for one season punting average and surpassed Mark Bounds’ record in 1991. McNamara also set the all-time FBS, Big 12, and Texas Tech records for most punts from at least 50 yards in a post-boom game at eight against Oklahoma State.

West Virginia Mountaineers: QB JT Daniels

It’s been interesting to see how Daniels’ career has evolved. He began his career at USC, where he started in all 11 games for the Trojans in 2018. After the 2019 season, he moved to Georgia where he sustained a season-ending knee injury in the season opener. In 2020, Daniels mostly sat behind Stetson Bennett. But Bennett suffered an injury against Florida, allowing Daniels to start in the Dawgs’ final four games of the season. Daniels struggled with injuries last season, ultimately allowing Bennett to lead the Dawgs to a national title. Daniels will play behind an experienced offensive line at Morgantown as the Mountaineers get all five offensive linemen back starting in 2021.

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