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Shock Linwood | Running Back

Team: Baylor Bears
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200

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Baylor redshirt senior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 97 yards on nine carries in Friday's win over Northwestern State.
Linwood busted off a long run of 42 yards to account for almost half of his rushing yardage. He finished his first half workout (no need to play in the second half, because Northwestern State) averaging 10.8 YPC. The 5-foot-8, 200-pounder has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons. He is a rock-solid fantasy option if there ever was one. Sep 2 - 11:08 PM

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Baylor redshirt senior RB Shock Linwood needs two rushing touchdowns to be the school's all-time leader in that category.

Baylor's football history is not extensive, but it is still surprising that the school's all-time rushing touchdown leader is Alfred Anderson with 35, ending his career back in 1983. Linwood is just one away after only three seasons, and that record could be broken in week one against Northwestern State. Robert Griffin III is third on the list, with 33. Baylor has been very effective in recent years by continuing to spread defenses out with four or five receiver sets, and allowing running backs to eat in 5 versus 5 matchups in the box.
Jul 26 - 8:28 AM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood (foot) will not participate in spring practice.

In mid-December, Linwood underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. It forced him to miss the team's win over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl and while he's been rehabbing the injury, the 5-foot-8, 200-pound junior's going to be held out of spring practice. Last season, he rushed for 1,329 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.
Feb 25 - 7:40 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood had surgery for a Jones fracture in his foot and will miss the Dec. 29 tilt against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Bears will also be without WR Corey Coleman. Linwood was badly hobbled in Baylor's last two games against TCU and Texas, so it's probably best to shut him down. The 5-foot-8, 200-pound junior finishes the campaign with 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry. Johnny Jefferson and Devin Chafin figure to split carries against the Tar Heels.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood is warming up ahead of Saturday's game against Texas.

Linwood has dealt with a knee injury but battled through it. Baylor is on their third starting quarterback in Chris Johnson, so the run game is even more important than before. Texas could put more defenders in the box and dare Baylor's quarterback to hit the open receivers.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood (knee) will attempt to practice on Wednesday.

Bears head coach Art Briles previously labeled Linwood "very questionable" to play against TCU. It would be a shot to the offense if Linwood is unable to go. With QBs Seth Russell and Jarrett Sitdham out for the year, Baylor is down to third-stringer Chris Johnson. And the forecast is calling for showers in Fort Worth on Friday, which would favor a ground-heavy attack.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood is considered "very questionable" to play against TCU, according to head coach Art Briles.

Briles coupled Linwood's projection with Jarrett Sitdham's, who is reportedly out for the season. That's not to say that Linwood will miss Baylor's remaining games, but optimism for him playing against TCU should be very minor. Right now, Linwood is dealing with multiple undisclosed injuries.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 45-35 win over Oklahoma State.

Linwood scored the first points of the game when he notched a five-yard touchdown run less than a minute into Saturday's upset of Oklahoma State. He finished with 91 yards, just the fourth time he's been held under 100 yards rushing through 11 contests completed. Overall, he's served as a dependable DFS option throughout the season thanks to 1,240 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 08:47:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood ran only 13 times for 72 yards in Thursday's win over Kansas State.

Presumably, Bears HC Art Briles preferred the matchup against Kansas State's secondary and decided to attack it, disappointing DFS players who invested in Linwood in the Thursday slate. Adding to Linwood's lack of production was the timeshare with Devin Chafin, Baylor's big back who is finally healthy after rushing just four times in the previous five games (he didn't play in the first three of those). If Baylor intends to go with more of a true thunder-and-lightning timeshare in the backfield going forward -- think a lesser version of what USC did with Reggie Bush and LenDale White back in the day -- Linwood's DFS value will take a huge hit.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood is Pro Football Focus' most elusive back in the country.

According to the site, Linwood has forced "45 missed tackles on 121 attempts and an average of 4.18 yards after contact." College football is swamped with running back talent at the moment, so to see Linwood at the top of any list will please Baylor fans. A big part of this success is the spacing Baylor creates, with potentially fewer defenders in the middle of the field.
Source: PFF
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 12:50:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 45-27 win over Iowa State.

Baylor's passing game was oddly ineffective (Seth Russell was held under 200 yards passing for the first time this season), but Linwood's huge effort ensured that the Bears remained undefeated. The 5-foot-8, 200-pound redshirt junior's 171 yards represented his second highest yardage total of the season. He also caught a six-yard touchdown pass in the win, his first such catch of the 2015 campaign. Through seven contests completed, Linwood's rushed for 974 yards with nine touchdowns scored.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown in just one half against Kansas.

Most of Baylor's starting offensive skill players got a rest in the second half. Linwood is one of the nation's leading rushers and takes advantage of the space Baylor creates with their formations, personnel and passing game. Baylor faces WVU next Saturday.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood is averaging 4.42 yards after contact per rush and 9.42 yards per carry overall.

"Linwood has been the Big 12's best runner this season," wrote ESPN's Brandon Chatmon. "Even in a conference full of stars at QB and WR, Linwood will deserve Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year consideration if he continues to put up big numbers." Linwood is criminally overlooked in Baylor's high-flying offense. DFS players know all about him: The 5-foot-8, 200-pound Linwood has 584 yards and six scores in only four games.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 06:09:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's 63-35 win over Texas Tech.

Lost in Baylor's offensive pyrotechnics is that the high-flying aerial strafe wouldn't be possible were it not for the spread-it-out-and-gouge-you-on-the-ground rushing attack. Key to that is Linwood, who will, ahem, shock you with his speed and agility. You won't want to skip over Linwood when considering your DFS lineup. In only four games, he has 584 yards and six scores.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 07:55:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood rushed for 158 yards and a score on 16 carries in Saturday's 70-16 win over Rice.

The Bears threw for seven touchdowns, but they were also rolling on the ground, putting up 427 yards on 53 carries. Linwood may have flirted with 300 yards if Baylor hadn't rested him throughout. Linwood figures to play a lot more in the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech in Jerry World next Saturday and will be an intriguing DFS option against the Red Raiders' tackling-optional defense.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 06:55:00 PM