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NFL.com pegs Baylor's Antwan Goodley, Alabama's Amari Cooper and Florida State's Rashad Greene as the three frontrunners for the Biletnikoff Award.

As the go-to receiver in Baylor's high-flying attack, Goodley has "a good choice to have the most receptions among this group," predicted the website, which adds that all three of these players are on National Championship contending squads. "Goodley and Greene also play with established quarterbacks; that's not the case with Cooper, which means that no matter how talented he is, he also is the most likely of this trio not to be on the finalists list at the end of the season," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 8:39 PM

Five-star offensive tackle recruit Patrick Hudson flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Baylor.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound OT was committed to the Aggies as recently as late March, but re-opened his recruitment and has decided to play for the Bears. It's quite a coup for Baylor, which used head coach Art Briles' connections (Hudson’s high school coach was his college roommate) to reel in the stud recruit.
Jul 18 - 9:22 PM

Baylor redshirt freshman OL Jacob Kyle was charged and arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

A Baylor spokesman said head coach Art Briles is aware of the situation and will act at a later date. The event took place in May.
Jul 16 - 3:12 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "has linebacker's size (6-3, 238) and a tailback's burst and athleticism," writes Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Petty was named to Feldman's "All-Freak" team, a deserved honor for a QB who vertical jumps 38 inches, broad jumps 10-feet, 5.5-inches, squats 510 pounds and runs a 4.62 forty. If you need proof of Petty's work ethic, consider that he arrived on campus weighing 214 pounds, with a 31-inch vertical and a high 4.8 second forty. Bears strength coach Kaz Kazadi said Petty's workout numbers rival former Baylor QB RGIII's. "If you wanted him to go to 250 and make him a defensive end so he was chasing quarterbacks, he could do it," said Kazadi. "If you wanted to make him that old-school, over-the-tight end outside linebacker, he could do it. If you wanted to make him a tight end, he could easily do it. He can do all that."
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:26 PM

Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery was named the No. 2 assistant coach in college football by NFL.com.

"Baylor is quickly becoming the Oregon of the South, and Montgomery is a big reason why," wrote staff writer Chase Goodbread. "As the play-caller for what is arguably the fastest-paced offense in the country, Montgomery is on the cutting edge of offensive football in the college game." The Bears were the No. 1 team in the country with 619 yards per game last year. "[Montgomery] coached Robert Griffin III to a Heisman Trophy-winning season, and might do so again this fall with star quarterback and NFL draft prospect Bryce Petty," Goodbread concluded.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 10:25 PM

Baylor’s new football stadium will feature a statue of former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.

A 9.5-foot bronze statue of RGIII will stand in McLane Stadium's south end zone plaza, honoring the school’s only Heisman Trophy winner. Baylor isn't discussing the statue, nor has it released pictures, building anticipation for the stadium's unveiling in the August 31 opener against SMU. "It’s gonna be awesome," statue designer Tom White said. "It’s a great tribute to him and all his wonderful accomplishments."
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 8 - 8:57 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks "can't jump onboard" with the idea that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is a potential franchise quarterback.

A four-game film study left Brooks "questioning [Petty's] overall talent and potential." The 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt senior put ip 4,200 yards and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio last year, but Brooks gave a lot of credit for those numbers to his stellar supporting cast. "I saw a quarterback who greatly benefitted from a clever offensive system and supporting cast loaded with future NFL playmakers," wrote the analyst. "Petty didn't exhibit the arm talent, accuracy and playmaking ability I would expect from a franchise quarterback; I would need to see dramatic improvements in his mechanics and overall play to place him in the conversation with Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Brent Hundley as the top quarterback in the 2015 class."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 4 - 2:25 AM

Former Texas A&M redshirt freshman OL Ishmael Wilson will transfer to Baylor, according to 247 Sports.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman was a four-star recruit out of Dallas Bishop Dunne in 2013. He has decided to move closer to home. "I'm not at A&M anymore," Wilson said. "I'm going to Baylor. I'm filling out my paperwork right now. A lot of schools want me but [Baylor is] close to home." Wilson will sit out the 2014 season and retain three years of eligibility beginning next year.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 2 - 2:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes both Baylor senior wide receivers Levi Norwood & Antwan Goodley are "physical after the catch," but Jeremiah notes "Goodley has more burst."

"Finished studying Baylor WRs Levi Norwood & Antwan Goodley. Both guys are very physical after the catch. Goodley has more burst. Fun offense," Jeremiah tweeted. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound prospect has been reported to run a 4.39 in the 40 and is also one of the strongest players on the team. Bryce Petty’s go-to receiver had a break-out season for the Bears hauling in 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 TDs in 2013. Goodley has the perfect combination of strength and speed that evaluators look for at the next level, and he'll have every opportunity to showcase his talents in the Bears' passing attack this year.
Jun 30 - 10:45 AM

Baylor true sophomore WR Robbie Rhodes has been dismissed from the program, according to ESPN's David Smoak.

"Baylor head coach Art Briles confirmed to me Robbie Rhodes is no longer with the football program, "we've parted ways for undisclosed reasons," Smoak tweeted. Unfortunately for the Bears, Rhodes was going to play a big part in college football's No. 1 scoring offense. Rhodes was arrested last month on marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence. It's been reported that he was kicked off the team because he failed his second drug test, but that has been unconfirmed. Rhodes caught 10 passes for 157 yards as a true freshman last year, and was expected to have a break out year in 2014.
Jun 24 - 8:26 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Baylor senior LB Bryce Hager will test as a better athlete at the combine than popular logic suggests.

"An established leader, Hager runs the show on defense for the Bears," Kiper wrote. Hager looked poised to break out as a national star last year, but he was bit by misfortune. He had 18 tackles against Kansas State on October 12, but suffered a groin injury in the contest. After trying to tough it out for a few games, the Bears pulled the plug on his season in November. Hager missed spring practices but will be healthy for summer camp.
Jun 15 - 2:59 PM

NFL.com ranks Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman as the No. 2 breakout candidate in the Big 12.

NFL.com isn't the only national platform labeling Oakman as a breakout candidate; Mel Kiper also did so earlier this month. We're down with the enthusiasm, but have a nit to pick with it: Oakman broke out last season, admittedly as a rotational DE. This season he'll move into the starting lineup and become a national star. The 6-foot-9, 270-pounder is a physical monster with surprising athleticism. "Art Briles has heaped high praise on his defensive line, and Oakman figures to be one of the anchors of the line with his talent," notes NFL.com. "He had a big spring and is primed to top his impressive 12.5 tackles for loss as a backup from last year and draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 2:44 PM

Baylor redshirt junior DE Shawn Oakman ranks as Mel Kiper's No. 5 underclassman at the position.

In fact, Oakman is tied at No. 5 with three other prospects. Other than citing Oakman's 2013 stats, which include 12.5 tackles for loss, Kiper only notes the defensive end is a breakout candidate. We think the powerful and long edge rusher broke out last season. Oakman has the makings of a first-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 1:12 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor's Bryce Petty as the top senior QB for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"He put up exceptional totals last season and should be in line for a big senior year with plenty of offensive talent still on hand around him," Kiper writes. "The Baylor offense is always going to create numbers as long as coach Art Briles is around, but Petty has skills that go beyond a good offense." We think Petty has some positive traits, but evaluators will likely be more critical once spotlighting his play. Oregon State's Sean Mannion, Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Arizona State's Taylor Kelly and Georgia's Hutson Mason round out the top five seniors.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 11:07 AM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty did not seek advice from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after last season.

It's a surprising and interesting factoid, seeing as though it pertains to a player who would have found out that he was in line to make a few million dollars as a potential late first- or early second-round pick. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, an early Heisman candidate, had zero intention of declaring for the draft early. Big 12 defensive coordinators wish he would have: After slapping down 4,200 yards and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio last year, Petty now has a better understanding of Art Briles' offensive philosophy. Briles believes redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will have a better season in 2014 than he did in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 10:45 PM


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