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Baylor freshman WR Kalon Barnes has been playing some defensive back during practices.

Waco Tribune-Herald Sports Writer Jon Werner notes that the freshman has been in some competitive battles with his fellow wideouts. Barnes is one of the fastest freshman in the country, breaking the high school record with a 100 meter dash time of 10.05 seconds this spring. The Bears will want to find ways to get the speedy player on the field, and defense might offer the fastest -- no pun intended -- way for that to happen.
Aug 17 - 7:18 PM

Baylor denied a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report which noted that the program was being advised by the firm representing them to self-impose a one-year bowl ban.

"It is irresponsible to report that Baylor is considering a football bowl ban for the 2018 season when in fact the NCAA investigation into the prior football staff and previous athletics administration remains active and ongoing," Baylor officials told ESPN in a statement. The Star-Telegram is reporting that the NCAA's investigation has taken a turn for the worse -- for the program -- following interviews with former HC Art Briles, former school president Ken Starr and former AD Ian McCaw. The investigation into the wide-ranging sexual assault scandal at the university is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 8 - 5:08 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel reports that the law firm representing Baylor in the wake of the program's sexual assault scandal is recommending the team self-impose a one-year bowl ban.

Per Engel, Baylor was hoping to skate by without serious NCAA penalty, but the governing body's investigation has taken a "left turn" and it's now looking like the Bears could be staring down the barrel of legitimate consequence. This about-face would appear to have come about after interviews with former HC Art Briles, former school president Ken Starr and former AD Ian McCaw shifted the investigation's perspective. The NCAA is expected to wrap on all of this within the next 60 days. We could potentially see them dole out punishment and sanctions under the umbrella of "lack of institutional control."
Aug 8 - 1:10 PM

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic notes that Baylor sophomore CB Harrison Hand ran a 4.31 second 40-yard dash time this summer.

"According to [Baylor head coach Matt] Rhule, the 6-0, 193-pound Hand broad jumped an amazing 11-5 to go with a 40-inch vertical and a 4.31 40," writes Feldman. That's impressive, and Hand was impressive in his freshman campaign; making eighth pass breakups for the Bears. As Feldman writes, Hand "dazzled" with his athleticism this spring, and Hand could become a household name if he plays up to that ability in 2018.
Jul 29 - 2:36 PM

Baylor junior WR Rajah Preciado has left the team.

Preciado (5'10/185) has been transitioning from safety to wide receiver this offseason. He appeared in 18 total games during his Baylor career. Just what the junior's next move might be is unclear at this juncture.
Jul 17 - 11:58 AM

Baylor sophomore LB Demarco Artis has left the team.

While Artis has taken leave of the Bears, it would appear that he's doing so under agreeable circumstance and that this is simply a personal decision. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker initially enrolled in the program as a three-star prospect in the 2017 class. He went on to see the field in six games (with minimal statistical output) as a true freshman in Waco. He had been seriously considering both Florida State and Oregon prior to signing with Baylor, so we'll see if either of those programs resurfaces for a potential transfer. Should Artis decide to move on to another FBS outfit, he would have to sit out the upcoming season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Jul 17 - 11:20 AM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd has been timed at between 3.8 and 3.9 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

"You'll write this story, and in your mind, I'm sure you're thinking, Man, they're making all of that up," Baylor assistant Evan Cooper told Bleacher Report's Matt Hayes of Hurd's testing marks, which include the ability to squat over 500 pounds, a vertical jump of 40 inches and a 40-yard dash timed consistently around 4.40 seconds. That 20-yard shuttle time cited above is an elite athletic indicator. Hurd -- who one scout believed would have been a first-round running back talent had he come out for the 2017 draft -- left Tennessee under dubious circumstance midway through the 2016 season, but former coaches and teammates in Knoxville have stepped to bat to dispel character concerns and Baylor HC Matt Rhule has spoken glowingly about his team-first attitude since he's arrived in Waco. The dynamic athlete has spent the last year transitioning to receiver, a move he believes will help extend his playing career at the next level.
Jul 14 - 12:41 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule said that redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd will be "an elite wide receiver."

"He's going to play a long time in the NFL," Rhule said of the former Tennessee running back. Hurd (6'4/229) was a 29-game starter with the Vols prior to his surprise transfer to Baylor last spring. He sat out the past season to satisfy NCAA regulations, but that year off probably wasn't the worst thing for him, as that time off was invaluable for his transition to wideout. In an extensive Bleacher Report piece on Hurd's current place in the FBS universe, he offered a well-reasoned explanation for his decision to switch position -- that of health and career length -- saying that "Receivers are more valued than running backs in the NFL, and I can play this game a lot longer and can be more valuable as a receiver." We'll have our first chance to see Hurd in his new playing digs (and at his new position) when Baylor kicks off the season against Abilene Christian on Sept. 1.
Jul 13 - 4:57 PM

Baylor sophomore QB Charlie Brewer posted an adjusted completion percentage of 76.5.

Pro Football Focus coming in with this sweet little statistical morsel. Adjusted completion percentage is a metric which attempts to measure the quarterback's completion percentage when drops, spikes, throw aways, tipped passes and passes thrown while the signal-caller is being hit are not factored in. Brewer posted the top mark among returning Big 12 quarterbacks in this metric. In terms of more traditional statistics, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore threw for 1,562 yards with an 11/4 TD/INT ratio and will head into August camp the Bears' undisputed starter with Zach Smith having earlier transferred out to Tulsa.
Jun 27 - 12:16 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Brandon White.

White has excelled on both sides of the ball, but his most likely position with the Bears will be at corner. On top of having a quality frame for the position (6'1"/170) White is considered one of the fastest players in the state of Texas; registering 40-yard dash times in the 4.3 second range on a consistent basis. With that speed and length, White could develop into an outstanding defensive back -- assuming Baylor doesn't want that speed playing on offense.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 1:19 PM

Baylor sophomore QB Charlie Brewer recorded a passer rating of 114.5 on plays that lasted 2.6 seconds or longer, the best in the Big 12.

Brewer made an appearance in eight games during the 2017 season and threw for 1,562 yards (68.1 completion percentage), 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He started the final four games but suffered a shoulder separation in the last one. All reports on his health since then have been good and he was cleared to participate in all drills in April. Brewer will look to turn the Baylor Bears around as the starter after their dismal 1-11 2017 season.
Jun 13 - 2:37 PM

Baylor sophomore WR R.J. Sneed (knee) was working without apparent limitation during spring practice.

Sneed (6'2/178) saw his inaugural season of collegiate ball cut abruptly short last year, when a knee injury sustained against West Virginia in a mid-October contest ended up sidelining him for the remainder of the contest. The former three-star recruit caught five passes for 53 yards before being done in by the injury. He figures to be an active part of an intriguing Bears receiving rotation in 2018 so long as he can maintain his health.
Jun 8 - 11:14 AM

Baylor redshirt freshman S John Arthur and redshirt freshman S Tre'Von Lewis will not be indicted by a grand jury for their alleged roles in a sexual assault case.

Arthur and Lewis were both suspended from the team in the spring, with those punishments coming as result of an alleged incident of sexual assault in November. However, due to a lack of evidence discovered in the subsequent Title IX investigation, the case will be closed short of trial. This may well end in both Arthur and Lewis being reinstated to the team, but stay tuned on that front.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 11:53 AM

Earlier this spring, Baylor four-star 2019 verbal RB commit Qualan Jones was named the position group MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe camp regional in Dallas.

"[Jones] has a college-ready build for a tailback and used the Dallas camp to show he can back up his look on the field," writes Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy of the 5-foot-10, 206-pounder. The Bears offered to him shortly after his Dallas camp appearance and to date, that remains his only FBS offer. We expect him to start to see a bit more love from the rest of the FBS this summer, but Baylor's put itself into a nice position to fend off competition.
Source: Rivals
May 29 - 1:45 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Jacob Zeno.

Zeno picks the Bears over offers from Florida, Boston College, Arizona and Arkansas; to name a few. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal-caller ranks 14th overall among quarterbacks in the 247 Composite rankings, and 15th in the site's rankings. Zeno likely won't compete for playing time immediately, but he could develop into a potential starter for Matt Rhule and the Baylor offense.
May 25 - 6:59 PM


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