In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss Texas QB Shane Buechele’s big spring, Baylor wideout KD Cannon as a No. 1 receiver and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who has been dominating social media with 18 tweets in his first week on Twitter.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter Which Big 12 football program appears to have made the most progress this spring, and why?— Football Bob (@ftblbob5) April 29, 2016
Trotter: Texas. Because of Buechele. If the Longhorns ever get above-average quarterbacking, they have the supporting cast to be a fringe Big 12-title contender. What Buechele showed in the spring game had to leave Texas fans cautiously pumped up about the upside of this season.
@Jake_Trotter big 12 dark horse for the 2016 season?— Kade Drummond (@Kade____) April 29, 2016
Trotter: It might be Texas. I know that sounds like a cliche, because there's always somebody out there banging the Texas drum before every season, no matter what. But if Buechele proves to be legit, this could be a nine-win team. Watch out for Texas Tech and Kansas State, though, too. The Red Raiders have one of the best QBs in the country in Patrick Mahomes II, while K-State's defense could be stout with the quality pieces they have coming back, including safety Dante Barnett.
@Jake_Trotter thoughts on the Baylor receiving core this year? How do feel about Zamora, Lynch, Platt, and Duvernay?— Ryan Daugherty (@rynodaugherty) April 29, 2016
Trotter: I think KD Cannon is more key than any of the players you named. Baylor has, in part, thrived over the years by featuring a bona fide No. 1 receiver (Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Tevin Reese, Antwan Goodley, Corey Coleman). Cannon is ultra-talented, no doubt. But is he ready to be the next guy on that long list? He's always had great receivers around him. And as much top-end speed as he showcases, there are nuances of his game that he'll need to smooth out in order to fill the massive shoes in front of him. If Cannon becomes an All-Big 12-caliber wideout, the Bears will be terrific at the position again, because those guys you mentioned are all capable in supporting roles.
@Jake_Trotter After three NFL 1st rounders for the Big 12 in 2016, over/under 3.5 1st rounders for the Big 12 in 2017 draft— Jordan Esco (@Jordan_Esco) April 29, 2016
Trotter: I would have to say under. This year's Big 12 crop seems like a much stronger draft class than next year's will be -- and this group only had three first-rounders. Is there even a surefire first-round pick for next year from the Big 12 at the moment?
@jake_trotter any more expansion talk/rumors this week?— Steven Russell (@JStevenRussell) April 29, 2016
Trotter: All quiet. That will change dramatically next week when the first of two Big 12 spring meetings are held in Phoenix, where the football coaches and athletic directors will meet. The second meeting will occur in Irving, Texas, in late May, when the presidents will get together. That's when some major decisions could be made.
Trotter: It gives West Virginia a terrific recruiting pitch to make. The Mountaineers have had more first-round picks over the last five years than any other Big 12 school. I imagine that would resonate with high school kids considering West Virginia.
Trotter: That's got to be Kyzir White. He was the No. 1 juco safety in the country, and he has a prime opportunity to step into the starting lineup with Karl Joseph and K.J. Dillon no longer around.
@Jake_Trotter Best CB, WR, RB, tandems n the league. What do you expect in terms of production from each to meet your expectations for them?— christian (@cbake44) April 29, 2016
Trotter: CB: Oklahoma (Jordan Thomas and Will Johnson or Dakota Austin/P.J. Mbanasor); RB: Oklahoma (Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon); WR: Oklahoma State (James Washington, Marcell Ateman). And four-part questions have officially now been banned from the mailbag.
@Jake_Trotter over/under on Bill Snyder's first Twitter selfie?— Matt Baxter (@emaw_88_ffa) April 29, 2016
Trotter: At the moment, I have 26,499 more career tweets than Coach Snyder. But at the rate he's been tweeting since joining this week, he may surpass me by November.