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Garden City Community College redshirt junior DL Jeremy Faulk declared for the NFL Draft.

Faulk was the 2015 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. After that season, he committed to Baylor. Faulk was kicked out of that program because of an allegation of sexual assault. He returned to the JUCO level and was a first-team All-KJCCC selection in 2016. Faulk will need to answer questions both about his off-field behavior and also his on-field competition level.
Source: GC Telegram
Jan 20 - 2:52 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 G Eleasah Anderson.

Anderson is fresh off an official visit to Baylor this past weekend, one which swayed him over to HC Matt Rhule's cause. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks refers to the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder as a "late-cycle riser" due to his fine work as a senior at Taylor High School (Texas) in 2016. "Anderson thrives in the run game and has the length to develop well in pass protection," Brooks writes. "He can improve his body control, which will in turn also improve his lateral mobility and pass-blocking." At this stage in his development, Anderson is unlikely to be an immediate contributor along the offensive line.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 5:15 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Ishmael Zamora will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Color us surprised. Zamora had a chance to be Baylor's No. 1 wideout in 2017 with K.D. Cannon previously opting to declare for the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Zamora is following suit, though. The NFL will no-doubt ask him about a summer video depicting him abusing his dog -- Baylor suspended him for the first three games of the season due to the incident. In his truncated 10-game season in 2016, Zamora logged a 63-809-8 receiving line. CBS Sports lists him as the No. 35 wideout in the 2019 class, a sign of just how surprising this early draft declaration has been. The later rounds of Day 3 are the best he can realistically hope for come the spring, with undrafted free agency also well within the field of play.
Jan 15 - 12:44 PM

Ole Miss four-star 2017 verbal WR commit R.J. Sneed flipped his pledge to Baylor.

Sneed initially committed to the Rebels in mid-November, but announced late last week that he would be taking his talents to Waco. Scout.com views the 6-foot-2, 178-pounder as one of the more underrated receiving prospects in the country, noting that he is "a very athletic receiver with good speed." The outlet is enamored with his ability to work with the ball after the catch. ESPN 300 ranks him as the No. 197 overall prospect in the current cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 13 - 7:33 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Auburn will not consider former Baylor HC Art Briles for their OC opening "because of his role at Baylor in the sexual assaults scandal."

Following OC Rhett Lashlee's defection to UConn, this would have made all sorts of sense. Briles is close with Tigers HC Gus Malzahn, and former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham transferred to Auburn in December. But Briles' name is still radioactive due to the scandal. ESPN reported that the race to replace Lashlee is "wide open" and the new offensive coordinator "will run the offense."
Source: ESPN
Jan 12 - 1:16 PM

Baylor redshirt senior RB Johnny Jefferson admitted in a radio interview that he was suffering from heroin withdrawals when he ran for 299 yards against UNC in last year's Russell Athletic Bowl.

Asked during the riveting interview if the addiction made it so that he wanted to die, Jefferson responded: "Yes, I did, it was the only way I felt like I could escape." Jefferson said he began using a few years ago. He indicated that Baylor stuck by him as he struggled to get clean over the past year. Jefferson, who ran for 1,000 yards in 2015, sat out this past season. He currently does not plan to return to football, but he's left the door open for a change of heart. Either way, Baylor has offered to foot the bill as he finishes his degree.
Source: KRZI
Jan 11 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings reports that Arizona graduate QB Anu Solomon is transferring to Baylor.

Solomon's career got off to a fast enough start, as he threw for 3,793 yards while boasting a 28/9 TD/INT ratio in 14 games as a redshirt freshman back in 2014. His development has stalled over the past two seasons, though, as he managed to play in just 11 games in 2015 due to injury concerns and a mere five games in 2016 (again due to injury). With the Bears, he figures to offer a cleaner fit in new HC Matt Rhule's offense than he would have in the more spread-based passing system that the Bears implemented under Art Briles (and subsequently, Jim Grobe). He will fight it out with Zach Smith -- who started the final four games of the season for the injured Seth Russell -- for starting honors in 2017. As a graduate, Solomon will be eligible to play immediately next season. Of note, OC Matt Lubick (formerly of Oregon) has worked with graduate quarterbacks each of the past two seasons in Vernon Adams and Dakota Prukop.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 7:05 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Baylor QB Seth Russell (ankle) will attend the Senior Bowl.

Pauline further reported that Russell's rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. Russell suffered a gruesome, season-ending ankle injury in November. He underwent surgery to repair the dislocated ankle shortly thereafter and has made short work of his rehab. While he's not physically able to play in the Senior Bowl, Russell will participate in weigh-ins and team interviews. Pauline reports that Russell hopes to throw at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 4. NFL scouts gave Russell a third-round grade heading into the year, according to Pauline.
Jan 7 - 2:57 PM

Baylor redshirt junior LB Taylor Young announced he will return to the school for the 2017 season.

It could be argued that Young is the heart of the Baylor defense. The sub-6-foot linebacker is a longtime starter and stuck with the program when a number of players elected to leave or transfer.
Jan 4 - 10:46 AM

Multiple outlets are reporting that former Oregon OC Matt Lubick has reversed course and will join Baylor, rather than Ole Miss.

Lubick accepted the position of wide receiver coach at Ole Miss just before Christmas, but per FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, he is now spurning the Rebels to join Baylor on a two-year contract as offensive coordinator. The Bears were in need of a guiding hand on that front after OC Kendal Briles opted to head down to Florida Atlantic to work with new Owls HC Lane Kiffin. The Ducks ranked 16th in total offense with Lubick working as offensive coordinator this past season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 2 - 12:26 PM

Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cannon closed out his Bears career in high style on Tuesday, slicing through Boise State for 14-226-2 in a breezy Cactus Bowl win. The speed merchant caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games this season. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder should record a stellar 40-yard dash time in testing come the spring and we don't see him falling out of the first four rounds.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:23:00 PM

Baylor freshman QB Zach Smith completed 28-of-39 passes for 375 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Tuesday's 31-12 win over Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

The parachute opened! After starting the season 6-0, Baylor had entered into an 0-6 freefall on their way to meeting the Broncos on Tuesday night. They proceeded to turn in a strong effort, with true frosh QB Smith coming through big along the way. Two of his three touchdown passes came in the first half as the Bears built up a 21-6 halftime lead. BSU would make several vague stabs at scoring in the second half, but no comeback developed. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Smith has done a nice job since being forced into early action following Seth Russell's season-ending ankle injury in November. Three of his four starts saw him throw for three touchdown passes and he topped 300 yards passing in two of those four. With OC Kendal Briles heading to FAU to do Lane Kiffin's dark bidding and interim HC Jim Grobe ceding way to Temple HC Matt Rhule, Smith will be working with an all new cast of coaches in 2017.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:08:00 PM

Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon caught 14 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 31-12 bowl in over Boise State.

Cannon is one of the best vertical receiving threats in the country, and that ability was on full display against Boise State. Cannon's first touchdown saw him elevate over a defender for a 30 yard contested catch and followed it up with a 69 yard grab, which allowed him to trot into the endzone. At the very latest, expect Cannon to be a fourth round pick.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Ole Miss hired Oregon OC Matt Lubick to serve as WR coach.

Lubick is having himself a homecoming of sorts, as he previously served as Ole Miss' WR coach from 2005 to 2006. For the past four seasons, he has been on staff with Oregon. He received a promotion from passing game coordinator/WR coach to offensive coordinator last winter. In a statement, Rebs HC Hugh Freeze said, "Having served alongside Matt in the past, I know the kind of coach, recruiter and man that he is. He will be a perfect fit for our staff."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 05:40:00 PM

An NFC area scout said that he does not believe that Baylor redshirt senior RB Shock Linwood will be drafted.

Linwood is opting to sit out the Cactus Bowl against Boise State, taking a path similar to that of LSU's Leonard Fournette and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. However, the NFC area scout in question here believes that Linwood is a back who needed to play in his bowl in order to gain some momentum for the draft. This is due in part to the fact that the 5-foot-8, 200-pounder just put forth a down, confusing 2016 campaign in which he managed a mere 751 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers are the worst of his career and look markedly disappointing given that Linwood had posted at least 1,200 in each of his last two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 04:22:00 PM


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