Big 12 Spring Football fast approaching

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015


BAYLOR (11-2, 8-1) / @BUFootball Spring Practice Starts: Feb. 23
Spring Scrimmage: March 20
Baylor ended the 2014 season with its highest final rankings in school history, as the Bears were ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll.
Baylor finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally in both total offense (581.5 ypg) and scoring offense (48.2 ppg). The Bears also finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally in turnover margin (+13).

IOWA STATE (2-10, 0-9) / @CycloneFB Spring Practice Starts: March 3
Spring Game: April 11
Junior quarterback Sam Richardson’s 254 completions set a single- season school record. He is also No. 3 on ISU’s single-season list with 3,090 total yards.
All-Big 12 First Team tight end E.J. Bibbs led all “Power Five” tight ends in catches per game (4.5) and caught eight TD passes, one shy of the ISU single-season school record.
KANSAS (3-9, 1-8) / @KU_Football Spring Practice Starts: March 24
Spring Game: April 25
Former Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach David Beaty is Kansas’ new head coach. He had two previous stints as an assistant coach at KU.
Linebacker Ben Heeney finished his career with 335 total stops, eighth most in Kansas history. He had 33.5 TFL to place fourth on the school career records list.
KANSAS STATE (9-4, 7-2) / @KState_Football Spring Practice Starts: April 1
Spring Game: April 25
Tyler Lockett was the only FBS player in 2014 with 1,000 receiving yards, 300 kickoff return yards and 300 punt return yards. Lockett holds K-State career records for receiving yards (3,710), receptions (249) and TD recep- tions (29), a mark previously held by his father, Kevin.
K-State competed in a bowl game for the 18th time in school history. Bill Snyder has coached the Wildcats in 16 of those postseason games.
OKLAHOMA (8-5, 5-4) / @OU_Football Spring Practice Starts: March 7
Spring Game: TBA
Samaje Perine ended his freshman campaign ranked No. 8 nationally in rushing yards (1,713) and rushing touchdowns (13). He was the only fresh- man from a Power 5 conference to rank in the top 10 of those categories.
Oklahoma has won 71 games since the start of the 2008 season. Among schools from “Power Five” conferences, only four have won more games in that time span.
OKLAHOMA STATE (7-6, 4-5) / @CowboyFB Spring Practice Starts:March 9                                                                                                    Spring Game: April 18
Freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph started OSU’s final three games, leading the Cowboys to victories in the last two. Rudolph threw for 652 yards and six touchdowns while completing 57 percent of his attempts.
Oklahoma State’s 30-22 victory over Washington in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl moved the Cowboys’ all-time bowl record to 16-9, giving OSU the second-best bowl winning percentage (.640) in the country.
TCU (12-1, 8-1) / @TCUFootball Spring Practice Starts: Feb. 28
Spring Game: April 10
TCU reached the 12-win mark for the third time in the last six campaigns with a resounding 42-3 bowl win over Ole Miss. Gary Patterson was recognized as national coach of the year by multiple organizations.
Behind a breakout year from quarterback Trevone Boykin, TCU ended the season ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (46.5),No. 5 in total offense (533.0) and No. 3 in turnover margin (+18).
TEXAS (6-7, 5-4) / @Longhorn_FB Spring Practice Starts: March 25
Spring Game: April 18
The Longhorns rank second all-time on the NCAA bowl appearance list with 53 games. UT, which has an all-time bowl record of 27-24-2, has appeared in a bowl game in 19 of the last 21 years.
The UT defense gave up just one offensive touchdown in the first quarter (vs. Iowa State) in 2014, the fewest of any team in the FBS. UT kept teams out of the end zone in the first half in eight games.
TEXAS TECH (4-8, 2-7) / @TechAthletics Spring Practice Starts: Feb. 28
Spring Scrimmage: Mar. 28 in Midland
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (30-of-56, 598 yards, 6 TD) set a Big 12 freshman record with 598 passing yards in the season finale, breaking the mark set in 2013 by teammate Davis Webb (462 vs. West Virginia).
In his last three games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor, Mahomes was 80-of-150 for 1,304 passing yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
WEST VIRGINIA (7-6, 5-4) / @WVUfootball Spring Practice Starts: March 15
Spring Game: April 25
With three field goal attempts in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, WVU’s Josh Lambert set an NCAA record for attempts in a season at 39. Lambert’s 30 makes are one short of the current NCAA mark.
Freshman quarterback Skyler Howard threw for a career-high 346 yards and three touchdown passes against Texas A&M in the bowl game.


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