In this week's Take Two, we debate which Big 12 team will get better quarterback play in 2016?
Take 1 :Brandon Chatmon -- Kansas State
The Wildcats will get improved production from the quarterback position after Joe Hubener and Kody Cook (sharing time behind center) managed just 14 passing touchdowns while throwing 13 interceptions.
Injuries played a major role in the struggles as Jesse Ertz suffered a season-ending injury before his tenure as a starter could get off the ground. Hubener stepped in to throw for 1,837 yards, rush for 613 yards and 13 scores but had more interceptions (10) than passing touchdowns (9), while posting a 51.1 total QBR.
Things should be looking up for 2016, however. The Wildcats have a pair of young and intriguing quarterbacks on the roster in Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson, both of whom will battle for playing time this spring. Meanwhile Ertz is set to return, and Hubener is back and more experienced. The overall competition should push all four quarterbacks while giving Bill Snyder more options to choose from this season.
Kansas State had plenty of struggles behind center in 2015, but I don’t expect another year of up-and-down production from the quarterback position.
Take 2: Jake Trotter -- West Virginia
K-State and also Texas could get improved quarterback play next season. It's hard to see how either quarterback situation could be worse. The Wildcats ranked 122nd nationally with a completion rate of 47 percent. Texas finished 118th in college football with just 146 passing yards per game.
But while and Texas and K-State could be better at the position, there's also a chance the improvement might not be significant. Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard have yet to prove they can orchestrate an above average passing offense. And none of K-State's quarterbacks, with the exception of Hubener, has any experience.
That brings me to West Virginia and Skyler Howard.
Of all the returning quarterbacks in the Big 12, Howard could make the biggest jump from what he displayed in 2015. All too often last season, Howard was inconsistent with his accuracy and careless with ball security. He completed just 54.8 percent of his passes and finished with the second-most interceptions in the league. On top of that, he fumbled away crucial possessions in West Virginia's losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
But in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Howard also showed what he's capable of. In that 43-42 win over Arizona State, Howard threw for 532 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final minutes. And though he also tossed a pair of picks, that came over 51 attempts.
"[Howard] has an abundant amount of confidence right now based on that bowl game,” coach Dana Holgorsen said earlier this month.
Next season, Howard will be flanked by a talented receiving corps, a competent running game and potentially one of the better offensive lines in the league.
If he builds off that bowl game and his confidence continues to blossom -- and Howard takes better care of the ball -- quarterback could once again be a strength again for West Virginia in 2016.