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Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says Baylor redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman is a "terrific athlete, whose deep speed allows him to excel in a [Art] Briles offense that loves to push the ball downfield."

"KD Cannon probably has the highest upside among Baylor receivers, but Coleman has proved the most thus far, as the latest ultra-productive receiver in this unstoppable Art Briles offense," Brown wrote. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior caught 64 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 scores last season. Talk about a burner: Ten of those receptions went for 40-plus yards.
Aug 3 - 11:19 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon "is quickly becoming one of the nation's most dangerous deep threats," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He could end up as good as any of the star receivers that have passed through Baylor in recent years," Brown wrote. The analyst ranked Cannon as the No. 96 player in the country. The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon logged 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He runs a 10.37 second 100-meter dash. Those are some serious wheels.
Jul 30 - 4:25 PM

Baylor redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman is "not physically imposing, but that doesn't matter when he's screaming downfield or taking the ball into the end zone," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior caught 64 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 scores last season. "Speed is the name of Coleman's game, as is evidenced by his career average of 16.6 yards per reception," Reuter wrote. "Quarterback Bryce Petty is gone (fourth-round pick of the New York Jets), but watch for Coleman to continue racking up yardage with Seth Russell running the show."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 4:52 PM

Baylor redshirt senior TE LaQuan McGowan has "slimmed down" to 403 pounds this offseason, per HC Art Briles.

The 6-foot-8 McGowan is shockingly athletic for his size and has, ahem, trimmed down to transition into tight end duties this fall. The former reserve offensive lineman has been clocked at 5.42 40-yard dash and has huge mitts. He could become a valuable role player as an extra blocker and red zone target. However it plays out, we can't wait to watch. "The huge Baylor TE will be a cult hero this season," Bruce Fedman wrote.
Jul 22 - 9:24 PM

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said the school is seeking an NCAA waiver that would allow it to play a nonconference game in Australia next season.

"We’re working on that process right now, and I think we’ll know one way or the other by the middle of August," McCaw said. The opponent is almost assuredly California (McCaw only confirmed Baylor would play a Power 5 team), a matchup that would light up scoreboards Down Under in the '16 opener. "So you’ve got television, travel, possible missed class time and a lot of different issues to work through," McCaw said. Because of previous long-standing commitments, Baylor's non-conference schedule is rather full for the next few years. Outside of buying out opponents, this is the school's best chance to beef up its criticized non-conference slate. "[HC Art Briles] was very excited about it from a recruiting standpoint, a unique cultural experience for our student-athletes and certainly a brand-builder," McCaw said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:12 PM

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby remains against expansion and a conference title game.

Bowlsby told reporters on Monday that he thinks most Big 12 presidents and athletic directors prefer the current setup of the league and said there's no "critical mass" for expanding past 10 schools. Decisions on expansion are up to the league's presidents. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder believes the conference should expand. "I have always favored the way it was at one time," Snyder said. "I favor a 12-team conference, I favor two divisions, and I favor a championship game." Bowlsby is seeking an exemption to allow him to throw a championship game despite having only 10 teams. "Whether we end up with a championship game down the road or not, we aren't going to have one this year," Bowlsby said. "We think that full round-robin is the right way to determine it."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:33 AM

Baylor senior DT Beau Blackshear "plays with good leverage, strength and balance and possesses a veteran's knack for finding the ball," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's made some nice strides and, if healthy, will have about 40 starts when he's done in Waco," Kiper wrote. "While he makes others around him look better, he still managed nearly 10 TFLs last season." The draft expert grades Blackshear as the No. 4 senior defensive tackle in the land. With Blackshear and Andrew Billings on the inside, opponents are going to find it mighty difficult to double team Shawn Oakman on every play without conceding to consistent interior pressure. The Bears have one of the conference's most underrated defenses, along with West Virginia.
Jul 20 - 11:47 PM

The Big 12 will limit schools to two days of football contact each week, including game days.

Contact is defined by live tackling to ground and/or full-speed blocking. This is another transition and step towards player safety. Two-a-day contact practices are very much in the past.
Jul 20 - 11:01 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango as the third-best offensive lineman in the nation.

He checks in behind Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley. "Drango plays a pivotal role in the Bears' potent attack, playing with an edge and bringing physicality and aggressiveness to the position," Brown wrote. Drango has started 35 games in his career despite undergoing back surgery in 2013. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes he translates best as a guard at the next level, and ranked him as the No. 2 guard prospect in the nation.
Jul 20 - 12:55 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings as the No. 5 underclassman defensive tackle prospect in the land.

"For a 300-pounder with big-time credentials as a power lifter, Billings has impressive quickness and will find seams because of how quickly he gets defenders off-balance," Kiper wrote. "This is going to be a fun defensive line to watch in 2015." Billings teams with Beau Blackshear and Shawn Oakman to form one of the nation's elite units. Billings was a state powerlifting champion in high school. If he's not the strongest player in the nation, he's in the top five.
Jul 19 - 9:59 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the top senior DE in the country.

"While the raw ability is ahead of the refinement and technique with Oakman's game, don't pretend the production hasn't been there," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound terror had 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last year. "His frame is truly incredible, in that he's both long and powerful, and if he can continue to improve his leverage and counter a little better when he gets blocked initially, he's going to have star potential going into the 2016 draft," Kiper wrote.
Jul 19 - 6:26 PM

Baylor HC Art Briles said "there’s a chance" Baylor will play Arkansas in Houston in 2019.

Since Baylor’s 2019 non-conference slate is full already, the Bears would likely have to buy a team out. It appears that they'd be happy to do so, as the school has worked exceedingly hard to find top-shelf opponents to agree to play it out of conference over the past year. Baylor’s non-conference slate, of course, may have cost it a playoff spot last season. Arkansas and Baylor haven't played since 1991, when the Hogs were getting ready to bolt the Southwest Conference for the SEC.
Jul 17 - 7:55 PM

Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings "has quietly developed into a force on the interior," Sports on Earth's Matt Brown observes.

"Like [Shawn] Oakman, Billings is a freakish athlete, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound junior who has phenomenal quickness and burst for his position," Brown wrote. "He was also a record-breaking state powerlifting champion in high school, and that strength shows on the field, where he played a huge role in a defense that allowed only 3.15 yards per carry, finishing with 11 ½ tackles for loss." The expert grades Billings as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the land. It's an aggressive ranking, but we can't necessarily argue; Billings' strength is the stuff of legend in Waco and will soon translate neatly to the NFL. The Bears prospect posted 37 total tackles and 2 sacks in his first year starting for Baylor last season.
Jul 14 - 8:37 PM

Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings "is built low to the ground with strong legs and is able to combine leverage with play strength to create pass-rushing and gap-shooting opportunities," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Baylor's defense runs stunt after stunt as it looks to disrupt blocking schemes, which can work for and against Billings since he can run into and out of a play from snap to snap based on his defensive scheme," Zierlein wrote. "Billings can push the pocket or defeat a blocker while attacking his edge. He plays with good lateral quickness and has a closing burst to the ball." Zierlein ranks Billings as the No. 5 interior defensive lineman in the country. "Billings will struggle at times against pure power inside, but his ability to play both the run and pass adds to his value," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 5:32 PM

Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell "has a chance to out-perform [Bryce] Petty," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, Russell also moves well, and he'll be surrounded by the nation's deepest receiving corps and all five starters returning to a good line," Brown wrote. The draft expert ranks Russell as the No. 20 signal-caller in the land. "Baylor starting quarterbacks -- whether it's been Bryce Petty, Nick Florence or Robert Griffin III -- have thrown for at least 3,500 yards each of the last five years as Art Briles' offense has taken hold," Brown wrote. Russell completed 48-of-85 passes for 804 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception and ran 32 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns last year.
Jul 8 - 9:59 PM


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