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Bryce Petty | Quarterback

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/31/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230

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The NFL Media analyst team ranks Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty as the No. 12 player in college football.
What isn't to love about a 33-3 touchdown-interception ratio in your first season as starter? "Petty's athleticism gets overlooked both in terms of his speed and ability to elude defenders on designed runs," the site explained. "He can hit just about every spot on the field given his accuracy but really forces defenses to adjust quickly after the snap given the quickness of his release." From Bucky Brooks ("Talented quarterback who spearheads the nation's most explosive offense") to Charles Davis ("He produced some terrific numbers in 2013 and never really got his due") to Mike Huguenin ("Yes, the Baylor offense is extremely QB-friendly, but Petty makes the Bears' offensive machine hum along. He has a gunslinger mentality, and those are fun QBs to watch."), the team clearly believes another monster season is in the offing for Petty and the Bears. Aug 23 - 3:21 PM

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NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes "scouts will be watching" to see how Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty and Baylor "respond now that they have a target on their backs."

"Petty will have to continue to polish his game as he prepares for the next level, and scouts will be watching to see how Petty and Baylor respond now that they have a target on their backs coming off the school's first Big 12 championship," Davis wrote. The Baylor prospect will have to show he's capable of "rising to the occasion" when Baylor won't be "sneaking up on anyone" this season, according to Davis. Teams will have a full offseason to plan for Bryce Petty, and it will be Petty's job to show scouts he's the top QB prospect in next year's draft.
Aug 8 - 2:03 PM

Baylor's Bryce Petty and Oregon State's Sean Mannion share the top senior QB grade from one NFL scouting service, according to's Andy Fenelon.

The senior quarterback class is not strong this season, but we would place Utah State's Chuckie Keeton in the top spot. Petty's biggest issue is pressure. He frequently looks great against defenses that are overwhelmed by Baylor's offensive prowess and many times is fortunate to see receivers running open. Mannion might be even worse against pressure and is less mobile. We doubt either one are first-round picks.
Jul 24 - 3:46 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "has linebacker's size (6-3, 238) and a tailback's burst and athleticism," writes Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Petty was named to Feldman's "All-Freak" team, a deserved honor for a QB who vertical jumps 38 inches, broad jumps 10-feet, 5.5-inches, squats 510 pounds and runs a 4.62 forty. If you need proof of Petty's work ethic, consider that he arrived on campus weighing 214 pounds, with a 31-inch vertical and a high 4.8 second forty. Bears strength coach Kaz Kazadi said Petty's workout numbers rival former Baylor QB RGIII's. "If you wanted him to go to 250 and make him a defensive end so he was chasing quarterbacks, he could do it," said Kazadi. "If you wanted to make him that old-school, over-the-tight end outside linebacker, he could do it. If you wanted to make him a tight end, he could easily do it. He can do all that."
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:26 PM's Bucky Brooks "can't jump onboard" with the idea that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is a potential franchise quarterback.

A four-game film study left Brooks "questioning [Petty's] overall talent and potential." The 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt senior put ip 4,200 yards and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio last year, but Brooks gave a lot of credit for those numbers to his stellar supporting cast. "I saw a quarterback who greatly benefitted from a clever offensive system and supporting cast loaded with future NFL playmakers," wrote the analyst. "Petty didn't exhibit the arm talent, accuracy and playmaking ability I would expect from a franchise quarterback; I would need to see dramatic improvements in his mechanics and overall play to place him in the conversation with Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Brent Hundley as the top quarterback in the 2015 class."
Jul 4 - 2:25 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor's Bryce Petty as the top senior QB for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"He put up exceptional totals last season and should be in line for a big senior year with plenty of offensive talent still on hand around him," Kiper writes. "The Baylor offense is always going to create numbers as long as coach Art Briles is around, but Petty has skills that go beyond a good offense." We think Petty has some positive traits, but evaluators will likely be more critical once spotlighting his play. Oregon State's Sean Mannion, Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Arizona State's Taylor Kelly and Georgia's Hutson Mason round out the top five seniors.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 11:07 AM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty did not seek advice from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after last season.

It's a surprising and interesting factoid, seeing as though it pertains to a player who would have found out that he was in line to make a few million dollars as a potential late first- or early second-round pick. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, an early Heisman candidate, had zero intention of declaring for the draft early. Big 12 defensive coordinators wish he would have: After slapping down 4,200 yards and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio last year, Petty now has a better understanding of Art Briles' offensive philosophy. Briles believes redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will have a better season in 2014 than he did in 2013.
Jun 8 - 10:45 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles believes redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will have a better season in 2014 than he did in 2013.

Considering that Petty is coming off a huge campaign of 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions, Briles' expectations are sky high. "He has a vast amount of experience now, to help him improve in everything that he does. Leadership, decision-making, things that can give him an edge on the field," Briles told FOX Sports' The Audible with Bruce Feldman. "I expect him, as crazy as it sounds, to be even more productive, even better and to lead us to even greater heights than he did last year." The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is an early Heisman candidate and first-round candidate. Briles hopes he can lead Baylor to the next level. "As a team, we want to get into those playoffs," Petty told the Dallas Morning News last month. "That is the next step in this program to become a national powerhouse. We took the right steps last year. We had a splash on the scene."
Jun 2 - 8:41 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler refers to Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty as a "younger, more athletic version of Brandon Weeden."

"He has more than enough arm strength to make every throw, displaying excellent timing within Baylor's pass-happy, shotgun offense," wrote the analyst. "Petty has little experience under center or with his three, five and seven step drops and needs to improve his pocket presence to feel pressure while keeping his eyes downfield." Brugler makes the connection to Weeden because Petty comes "from a spread offense that relies on a lot of quick, one-read plays that make it easy to identify single match-ups." That system -- and Petty's gifts, of course -- allowed the signal caller to collect 4,200 yards, and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio last year.
Source: CBS Sports
May 30 - 10:15 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty runs a 4.62 second forty.

Petty doesn't get many chances to show off his athletic tools on the field, as Baylor's high-flying offense asks him instead to spray lasers all over the field, but that's an aspect of his game that the NFL will appreciate. Petty has a vertical jump of 38 inches, a broad jump of 10-foot-5.5 inches, and he can squat 510 pounds. The signal caller was in the Heisman discussion with 4,200 yards and a 32/3 TD-to-INT ratio last year. Bears' coach Art Briles said in December that he believes Petty will be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft.
May 30 - 8:59 PM writers Mike Huguenin and Bryan Fischer believe Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty has the most to prove amongst Big 12 players this season.

"He is a potential first-rounder in the 2015 draft, but he has a relatively small body of work and needs to be even better this fall to make that potential turn into the reality of a first-round selection," Huguenin wrote. "If he doesn't live up to the billing, he risks falling in the draft." Petty put up 4,200 yards with a 32/3 TD-to-INT ratio last year. The signal-caller, perhaps the Big 12's lone "hope of making it to New York for the Heisman ceremony," according to Fischer, "has a chance to turn into a first-round pick with continued refinement of his mechanics and footwork."
May 23 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Trent Dilfer believes Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty has the potential to leap into the elite prospect category this coming season.

Some would argue he's already in the discussion. Petty put up 4,200 yards and 32 TDs last year. Perhaps more impressive, when you consider the sheer amount of pass attempts he made (many of which were vertical in Art Briles' hyper-aggressive scheme), was that Petty only threw three interceptions. Dilfer's colleague Todd McShay slotted Petty No. 15 to the Texans in his first 2015 mock.
May 15 - 9:15 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty and senior WR Antwan Goodley have a goal of being the "best quarterback-receiver duo in the nation."

Any gains that either of these players makes over the offseason will test the resolve of Big 12 defensive coordinators, as Petty put up 4,200 yards and 32 TDs last year and Goodley collected 71 receptions for 1,339 yards with 13 touchdowns. "We have to prove last year wasn’t a fluke," Petty said. "For us it’s ‘Ok, we were the best in the Big 12, why not the best in the nation?’ The encore is to be the best quarterback-receiver duo in the nation and lead Baylor to a Big 12 championship for a second time and get into the playoff and win a national championship."
Mar 25 - 8:15 PM

The NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended offenses can't snap the ball with more than 29 seconds on the play clock, allowing defenses a window to make substitutions.

This would not impact the final two minutes of each half. If the ball is snapped before 10 seconds has run off the play clock, a 5-yard penalty will be assessed. We are not sure if this recommendation will come into fruition, since it could considerably limit faster paced offenses. Tempo prevents defenses from changing their personnel. This is being framed as a safety issue, but if that is the case why doesn't the committee view Alabama's style a safety concern, since they might run "power" 30 times a game?
Source: NCAA
Feb 13 - 8:29 AM

Baylor redshirt junior QB Bryce Petty completed 30 of 47 attempts for 356 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Wednesday's 52-42 loss in the Fiesta Bowl against UCF.

Petty also ran for three touchdowns. The cannon-armed junior barely overshot several deep passes on Wednesday. Baylor's timing was a bit off and it needed to be perfect to keep pace with the Knights' offense. Petty will return to school next season and was ranked by's Gil Brandt as the No. 1 senior-to-be-quarterback. Bears' coach Art Briles said last month that he believes Petty will be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft.
Jan 2 - 12:47 AM