The Big 12 head coaches finished up the 2013 Big 12 Media Days in Dallas on Tuesday.
The second day of the event saw coaches from Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Baylor and Iowa State take the podium to discuss how their teams will fare this fall.
Only four teams in the conference have already announced their starting quarterbacks for this season. One of those four is Baylor, who will be led by Midlothian’s Bryce Petty.
Baylor coach Art Briles had nothing but great things to say about Petty in front of the national media Tuesday morning.
“A reasonable expectation for Bryce, I think the first thing that popped into my mind is for him to break every Baylor record there is offensively, which is what we expect him to do and what he plans to do,” Briles said. “I don’t know what expectation anyone would have other than doing that, which equates to winning every football game we step on the field with, which needs to be his expectation along with ours. His expectations are to win every game and be the best quarterback in the United States of America.”
Baylor is picked to finish fifth in the Big 12, but did receive a pair of first place votes for the first time in school history.
“The thing that it just shows, that we’re gaining some respect. We’re certainly not where we need to be or want to be or going to be, but we’re gaining ground,” Briles said. “That’s what we’ll continue to keep doing by recruiting good kids, coaching them hard, and letting them play hard on Saturdays.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was first to the podium Monday and he was asked about his defense, which has allowed more than 40 points in 14 games during the last seven years.
“We’ve gone about our business of coaching and trying to be great on defense, and the way we work it, the same way a year ago as we did back in ‘99 and 2000, in years where we’ve had great defenses,” Stoops said. “I think some of it is gets down to offensive schemes and being able to adjust defensively. There’s always a coaching element to it, and there’s also a personnel element to it, where sometimes you’re more dominant in the personnel that you have on defense as opposed to offense.”
The Longhorns have an established starting quarterback in David Ash and coach Mack Brown feels like he has a strong team around him this year.
“David has grown up. He’s learned a whole lot. There were times last year that he played as good as anybody in the country, and then there were others times where he struggled some,” Brown said. “We think we’ve got better players around him now. We should be better in the offensive line. He is much more confident than at any time.”
Oklahoma is picked to finish second in the Big 12 this year and Texas to finish fourth.
This is the first time in 15 years that neither team was picked to win the conference by the members of the media.
The Longhorns and Sooners will renew the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 13.