First up, the quarterback position. Baylor's Bryce Petty ran away with the top spot as a unanimous selection for the No. 1 returning quarterback in the Big 12. The following three spots were considerably closer.
The reporters were asked to rank the top five with five points going to the No. 1 spot, four to No. 2, three to No. 3, and so on.
1. Bryce Petty,
Bryce PettySr., Baylor: 50 points (10 first-place votes)
Petty returns for his senior season after leading Baylor to its first Big 12 title in 2013. He's a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and is the odds-on favorite to claim Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. By all accounts Petty (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) had a good spring and is expected to turn in another monster season as the catalyst of the Bears' prolific offense.
2013 stats: 250-403, for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and three interceptions. 94 carries for 209 yards and 14 touchdowns.
2. Davis Webb,
Davis WebbSo., Texas Tech: 31 points
Webb is now the unquestioned field general of Texas Tech's Air Raid offense which ranked No. 2 in the nation in 2013 with 392.4 yards per game. The sophomore capped his freshman campaign by torching Arizona State for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the Holiday Bowl en route to Offensive MVP honors. Webb also enjoyed a tremendous spring highlighted by him showing off an extra 25-plus pounds of muscle and a better control of the offense.
2013 stats: 226-361, for 2,718 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
3. Jake Waters,
Jake WatersSr., Kansas State: 29 points
Waters is coming off a junior season which saw him finish third in school history in passing efficiency (156.8) and fourth in completion percentage (61.15). He wrapped the 2013 season by carving up Michigan for 271 yards, three touchdowns passing and another 42 yards on the ground in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. A 2013 transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Waters is expected to be a much improved player this season because of his familiarity with the system.
2013 stats: 159-260, for 2,469 yards, 18 touchdowns, nine interceptions. 118 carries for 312 yards, six touchdowns.
4. Trevor Knight,
Trevor KnightSo., Oklahoma: 25 points
Knight only started five games in 2013 as a redshirt freshman, but boy did he end the season with a bang. Knight shocked many by lighting up Alabama for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Sugar Bowl on the way to claiming MVP honors. Reviews were mixed on Knight's performance in the spring, but the sophomore has plenty of weapons at his disposal in Norman.
2013 stats: 79-134 for 819 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. 67 Carries for 445 yards and two touchdowns.
5. J.W. Walsh,
J.W. WalshJr., Oklahoma State, 11 points
Walsh is coming off an up and down season which saw him start five games. Known as much for his rushing ability as for having a strong arm, Walsh could be a dangerous dual-threat for the Cowboys if he can put it all together. He will be tested right off the bat as the Cowboys take on defending national champ Florida State in the season opener.
2013 stats: 113 of 190 for 1,333 yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions. 58 carries for 294 yards, three touchdowns.
Other QBs receiving votes: David Ash - Texas.
Recruiting Angle: "An interesting fact about this particular list of names is that of the five only former Denton (Texas) Guyer standout J.W. Walsh was rated higher than a Scout three-star coming out of high school." -Greg Powers, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst