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Baylor WR Jalen Hurd (knee) will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

While Hurd did weigh in down in Mobile -- he measured 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, with 10 1/8-inch hands -- and is doing interviews with interested NFL teams on Tuesday, he will be sidelined for Saturday's game proper due to his ongoing recovery from a knee surgery which he underwent on Dec. 4. We would love to get a glimpse at Hurd in this setting, but even sitting out the game, he is getting important work done with those interviews, as they give him an opportunity to speak honestly about his departure from Tennessee to Baylor as well as his transition from running back to receiver. We'll have to wait and see whether the talented athlete will be able to participate in NFL Scouting Combine drills to any serious degree next month.
Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

NFL Draft Scout's Rick Serritella writes that Baylor QB Jalan McClendon has seen significant interest at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practices.

McClendon did not play often when at Baylor, completing 55-of-91 passes for 715 yards and three interceptions. You apparently wouldn't know that by watching him in Pasadena this week. "McClendon possesses great size (6'4/215) and poise in the pocket, along with impressive arm velocity," Serritella writes. "He met with a dozen teams on day one and that number is sure to increase after today." He also mentions that the signal-caller has impressed with his football acumen. This is a name to keep an eye on.
Jan 16 - 6:12 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Chris Platt was granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Platt redshirted his freshman year, and then because of an injury was unable to play most of his redshirt junior year. He picked up 36 receptions for 511 yards in 2018, and assuming he's at full health, he should be a big part of the Baylor passing game in 2019. A strong bit of news for Platt and the Bears.
Jan 15 - 11:09 AM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Jalan McClendon accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

McClendon (6'5/219) only appeared in nine games for the Bears, completing 55-of-91 passes for 715 yards and three interceptions. It would be shocking to see McClendon generate any interest in the NFL as a quarterback.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 11 - 7:43 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule will remain with the Bears despite overtures from the NFL.

Rhule interviewed with the Jets, and also had interest from a few of the other teams with open jobs. He sent a text to his staff indicating that he'll remain head coach of the Bears after leading them to a 7-6 season and a victory in the Texas Bowl. In six years he has a record of 36-40 with Temple and Baylor, although that record is a bit misleading due to a 1-11 season in 2017.
Jan 9 - 7:39 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule has interviewed for the open New York Jets job.

Rhule was announced as a candidate late last week, and he's completed an interview with the club. After going 1-11 in his first year with the Bears, Rhule helped Baylor to a 7-6 season and victory in the Texas Bowl. This is the second year in a row that he's interviewed with an NFL team, as he had consideration from the Colts in 2018 as well.
Jan 9 - 6:48 PM

According to ESPN Dan Graziano, the New York Jets have expressed interest in Baylor HC Matt Rhule for their head coach opening.

Rhule would be an interesting hire for the Jets, but it would make sense that the team wants an offensive minded head coach for quarterback Sam Darnold. As of now, it's unclear if the Jets have scheduled an interview with Rhule, but the team will be in Texas this weekend to interview Cowboys assistant Kris Richard. This is the second season in a row that Rhule has been at least considered for an NFL head coaching gig with the Colts looking at Rhule a year ago.
Jan 4 - 5:42 PM

Baylor sophomore RB Trestan Ebner rushed 13 times for 90 yards and one touchdown in Thursday's 45-38 bowl win over Vanderbilt, adding three receptions for 109 yards and a score as a receiver.

Ebner (5'11/203) was the leading receiver after breaking free for a 75-yard touchdown, but his running game role came out of left field. Ebner only had 56 carries entering the game, so it was a surprise that he out-carried Lovett and Hasty in the bowl game. That certainly bodes well for Ebner's 2019 future, but Baylor will likely utilize a committee backfield once again with all three backs returning. Ebner has averaged 6.0 yards on his 92 carries.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 01:17:00 AM

Baylor junior WR Denzel Mims caught six passes for 95 yards in Thursday's 45-38 bowl win over Vanderbilt.

Mims (6'3/208) led the team in receptions and he had a big 31-yard gain, but it was almost a much bigger game. The junior nearly caught a touchdown pass, but the ball ended up flinging upwards after landing on his legs that resulted in an unfortunate interception for Charlie Brewer. Even without that touchdown grab, it was another plus night for Mims, who will end his season with 55 receptions, 804 yards, and eight touchdowns. It's undetermined if Mims will return for his senior season, but Mims likely has a Day 2 or Day 3 grade if he comes out early.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 01:09:00 AM

Baylor sophomore QB Charlie Brewer completed 21-of-34 passes for 384 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Thursday's 45-38 bowl win over Vanderbilt.

Brewer also led the Bears in rushing -- he rushed 16 times for 109 yards and one touchdown -- so calling this a big game would be an understatement. All three of his touchdowns came in the second half when both teams were going back and forth with scores. Brewer's touchdown run came at the goal line, but his passing scores were 75 and 52 yarders. It's an excellent finish for Brewer, who will likely keep his starting job in 2019. Brewer finished the season with 26 total touchdowns and nine interceptions while averaging 7.6 yards per pass attempt.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 01:03:00 AM

Baylor junior RB JaMychal Hasty (knee) is questionable to play in the bowl game.

Hasty has missed the last two games with his knee injury, and he's still questionable despite a couple weeks off. If Hasty is out, then running back John Lovett will remain the lead back. In Hasty's absence, Lovett has rushed for 180 yards and one touchdown on 39 carries (4.6 YPC).
Source: Dallas News
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 02:09:00 PM

Baylor signed four-star 2019 ATH Peyton Powell.

Powell (6'2/182) had been committed to the Longhorns from late October up until last week, when he backed off that pledge to reassess his options. TCU and Oklahoma were also contending for his signature. While he receives an "athlete" designation from 247Sports, he is a likely quarterback at the collegiate level. He has the chops to play receiver and defensive back as well.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 12:18:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Hurd transferred to the Bears from Tennessee, and also transferred positions; moving to wide receiver after playing running back for the volunteers. He was Baylor's top playmaker as a wideout, catching 69 passes for 946 yards with four scores. What's interesting about this acceptance -- not that a talented player playing in the Senior Bowl isn't interesting -- is that Hurd underwent knee surgery on December 4, and has already been ruled out for the Texas Bowl. We'll see if he's healthy enough to play in the game, as a strong showing at the practices and games would do a lot for his draft stock.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 06:40:00 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

Per Trotter, Hurd is not expected to be healthy enough to participate in Texas Bowl action against Vanderbilt at the end of the month. For all intents and purposes, this knee procedure will close out his collegiate career. After transitioning to receiver from running back following his transfer from Tennessee, Hurd came out to post a sharp 69-946-4 receiving line across 12 games played for the 2018 campaign. We'll keep tabs on his recovery off surgery as he heads into the draft process upcoming. Assuming he is healthy enough to test out come the combine, we could see monster athletic numbers from the wideout. Over the summer, Bleacher Report passed along from Baylor's coaching staff that Hurd was capable of posting marks including a 40-inch vertical, a 4.40-second 40-yard dash and a scintillating time of 3.8-3.9 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. We cannot wait to see how his evaluating process plays out, as there is a ton of upside, here.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 01:46:00 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule told reporters he was unsure if redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd would be able to play in the Texas Bowl against Vanderbilt.

While Hurd was able to play in the finale against Texas Tech, it sounds like he might not be able to give it a go against the Commodores on December 27. If he isn't able to go, his collegiate career is over, but his strong play as a wideout in 2018 likely gets him looks at the next level.
Mon, Dec 3, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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