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Biggest questions for every team at Big 12 Media Days

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Spencer Sanders

Many questions will be answered at the Big 12 Media Days which starts Wednesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Big 12 conference will host its annual Big 12 media days in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where members of the media will meet with players and coaches of every team in the conference.

With less than two months between Big 12 media days and the start of the 2022 season, there are still questions for the five teams in the conference who will take part on the first day of the event, questions likely to be asked. 

Baylor: Do the Bears have what it takes to repeat as conference champions?

After a Big 12 championship and Sugar Bowl winning season in 2021, the Baylor Bears topped the list of the 2022 preseason poll, picked to finish first in the conference yet again.

While the team lost seven players to the NFL and seven to the transfer portal, Baylor, under now second year coach Dave Aranda, are looking to repeat as conference champions.

Kansas: How can the Jayhawks improve?

With only two wins in the past two seasons, the Kansas Jayhawks have also finished last place in the conference every year since 2015.

Although Kansas finished 2021 with a 2-11 record, the Jayhawks showed improvement throughout the year, such as leading Oklahoma until the fourth quarter, and defeating Texas in Austin. With a second year under coach Lance Leipold and led by quarterback Jalon Daniels, the Jayhawks could compete for more wins in 2022. 

West Virginia: How good is JT Daniels?

Former five-star and No. 2 rated quarterback in the 2018 class, JT Daniels initially committed to USC, where he played for two seasons, before transferring to Georgia for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. 

Daniels had little impact on the 2022 national championship winning Bulldog team, backing up quarterback Stetson Bennett. In April, Daniels announced his second transfer of his career, this time to West Virginia.

Although his career has been riddled with injuries, Daniels could look to lead an experienced West Virginia team to contention in the Big 12 this season.

Kansas State: Are the Wildcats a dark horse contender in the Big 12?

With a revolving door of quarterbacks during the 2021 season, the Wildcats finished fifth in the Big 12. The Kansas State offense was led by running back Deuce Vaughn, who is returning to Manhattan for the 2022 season after totaling 1,872 total yards and 22 touchdowns last season.

On defense, Felix Anudike-Uzomah was selected as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year, after finishing his sophomore season with 11 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2021. Along with Vaughn and Uzomah, six Kansas State players earned preseason conference honors, the most in the Big 12.

And with the addition of quarterback Adrian Martinez from the transfer portal via Nebraska, who finished last season with 3,388 total yards and 27 total touchdowns, the Wildcats may be the surprise of the conference next season.

 

Oklahoma State: Can the Cowboys return to the Big 12 championship game?

 

It has been 11 years since OSU won its first, and only, Big 12 championship. Last season, coach Mike Gundy’s team was an inch away from winning their second conference championship in school history, but ultimately fell to Baylor on a win-or-lose goal-line stand. 

After having to replace a defensive coordinator, two starting linebackers and four starters in the secondary in the offseason, OSU’s top five defense from last season will be difficult to replicate.

 

The offense saw losses across the board as well, with leading receiver Tay Martin and rusher Jaylen Warren leaving for the NFL. Quarterback Spencer Sanders, now entering his fourth year as a starter, will have to take another step forward in his progression if OSU wishes to reach the championship game again.