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Baylor head coach Art Briles highlighted how competitive WR Corey Coleman is in an interview earlier this year with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt.

"He's just a bad dude, man," Briles began. "That guy is tough now. He'll pull your heart out and watch it stop beating." Some have questioned Coleman's effort and competitiveness, and expect others to follow suit after digging in, due to the plays he takes off either running routes or blocking. Smart Football's Chris Brown briefly wrote on the topic and stated the Baylor receivers are coached to take these plays off in order to conserve energy. The team can't ask the receivers to run sprints for 100 plays a game.
Feb 12 - 9:33 AM
Jay Lee - WR - Bears

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler pegged Baylor WR Jay Lee as his NFL Scouting Combine snub at the wideout position.

"After [Lee's] impressive performance at the Senior Bowl," Brugler wrote, "many were looking forward to seeing how Lee would test at the Combine. But that will have to wait until Baylor's pro day." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Baylor product caught four passes for 49 yards in the aforementioned Senior Bowl showing. For the 2015 season, he caught 38 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 10:16 PM

NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks discussed the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles as potential landing spots for Baylor WR Corey Coleman.

"The Philadelphia Eagles, somebody to take that top off the defense, stretch things out," Jeremiah said. "You've got your tight ends you can work in, you've got Jordan Matthews in the middle of the field." Brooks believes a coach with plenty of success in the college game and a history of offensive innovation would provide the ideal steward for Coleman's career. "(I think) Chip Kelly would also like to have Corey Coleman with the San Francisco 49ers," he said. "They desperately need more speed on the perimeter. Corey Coleman can provide that, and the big-play ability." ESPN's Kevin Weidl recently compared Coleman to a sort of Antonio Brown.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 4:53 PM

Baylor DE Shawn Oakman is the "prototypical boom-or-bust prospect," writes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.

"Oakman's size, physique, and flashes against dominance will entice some defensive line coaches to think they can 'make a player out of him,'" Reuter wrote. "His lack of lower-body strength, inconsistent motor chasing plays and inability to make plays against better competition have some believing he'll be a third- or fourth-round pick instead of the top-10 pick his physical characteristics would warrant." In fact, in a recent four-round mock draft, Reuter had the 6-foot-7.4, 269-pound Oakman falling all the way to the Browns at pick No. 96, the first pick of the fourth round. "If he's picked later in the draft and is willing to put in the work to become better, some team could end up with a steal in the Calais Campbell/Chris Canty/Michael Johnson class," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 12:26 PM

Baylor four-star CB Parrish Cobb "could compete to replace [draft-bound CB Xavien] Howard immediately," writes ESPN's Brandon Chatmon.

HC Art Briles has referred to Cobb as "exactly what we're looking for," so this isn't just Chatmon offering idle speculation. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder out of Waco was actually committed to Oklahoma from August through February, but flipped over to his hometown Bears at the last moment. ESPN's scouting department notes that Cobb's "speed allows him to mirror on deep routes when in man. He can get over the top with his athleticism and his strength makes him effective when pressing." There's opportunity here if he can impress Briles and company in preseason practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 11:48 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl sees some Antonio Brown in Baylor WR Corey Coleman's game.

"Explosive twitch with similar play speed to Brown coming out of CMU," Weidl began, adding that Coleman needs to refine his style, namely as a route runner. Josh Norris ranks Coleman higher than anyone at No. 3 overall, primarily due to his big play ability both as a receiver and after the catch. Obviously Antonio Brown is the ceiling for Coleman, as Brown might be the best receiver in the NFL. More importantly than the comparison is the point that the two theoretically could win in similar ways.
Feb 9 - 10:09 AM

In an open letter to the Baylor community regarding a recent Outside the Lines report detailing several cases of sexual assault, president Ken Starr said, "We have requested, and we expect, a frank and candid assessment that both addresses past practices and offers forward-looking recommendations [from an external investigation begun in the fall]."

The OTL report detailed multiple accusations of sexual assault levied against Baylor football players, particularly focusing on Tevin Elliott (played for Baylor from 2009-2012) and Sam Ukwuachu (2013-2015). Both players were found guilty on several charges of assault, with Elliott sentenced to 20 years in prison and Ukwuachu sentenced to 180 days in county jail and 10 years felony probation. Starr refused to address specific cases in his open letter, saying, "While Baylor can speak generally to policies, procedures and practices, we cannot speak to individual cases and remain within the confines of governing law." The governing law he's referring to is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, though two of the victims in question have signed FERPA release forms, waiving that right. Starr failed to address those cases.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 7:57 PM

Baylor signed four-star WR Tren'Davian Dickson.

Oklahoma was also in the mix here, but Dickson (a Navasota, Texas, native) opted to stay in-state. The 5-foot-11, 171-pounder posted monster numbers over the course of his career at Navasota High, catching 82 passes for 1,516 yards and 24 touchdowns. If you think that touchdown number is impressive, just you wait. As a junior, he hauled in a whopping 39 scoring passes--a national high school record for a single season. He also holds the Texas state record for most career touchdown catches with 76. Scout.com terms Dickson a "very natural pass-catcher and route-runner," one who "shows good body control, hands and concentration, out-jumping or just simply out-playmaking defensive backs, who sometimes are even in double coverage." They slot him as the 33rd best overall recruit for the cycle. He's not as high on the ESPN 300, where they peg him at 198.
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 3:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted Baylor CB Xavien Howard's tape surprised him, in a positive way.

"Sturdy athlete with quick feet, ball skills," was the quick evaluation Brugler gave of Howard, who was overall "impressive." The game that always sticks out to us is Howard's matchup against Kevin White during the 2014 season. White, a physical specimen, was matched in that category by Howard. There were plenty of contested catches and penalties, but that type of corner can be difficult to find.
Feb 8 - 11:15 AM

On The Audible podcast, Baylor HC Art Briles said that his reaction to the Outside the Lines report detailing alleged sexual assaults by several former football players was one of "sadness and sorrow because it's something you never want to be associated with."

The OTL report focused on five women who reported to the police in regards to sexual assaults committed by Tevin Elliott, who played for Baylor from 2009 to 2012. Elliott's currently serving 20 years in prison after being found guilty on two counts of sexual assault. Said Briles, " As those things come up, you deal with them to the best that you're capable of doing. Then, you try to educate and make awareness to it and hopefully, it never happens again." He also indicated that questions about the report were not voiced by recruits during the 2016 cycle, though the fact that it broke on January 31--on a Friday, just days before National Signing Day--could certainly have something to do with that.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 7 - 2:45 PM

Baylor signed four-star T J.P. Urquidez.

For his standout work at Copperas Cove High School in 2015, Urquidez was named to the USA Today All-USA Texas Team. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder said of that honor, "All-State is saying a lot. There are a lot of great linemen out there. It’s an elite group. We’re all Division I athletes and we’re all good players." He ranks No. 164 on the ESPN 300, with the outlet noting that he "[n]eeds to continue to develop, but has potential to contribute early if needed with the tools in the big picture to be a real strong starter at the Power-5 level."
Feb 6 - 3:36 PM

Former Baylor walk-on RB Silas Nacita signed with the Marburg Mercenaries in Germany.

Proving that American football does, apparently, exist outside of the United States, Nacita's taking his talents to Europe. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder posted his signing to Instagram and wrote, "It's obviously not the NFL, but this is the opportunity that is in front of me. I have always wanted to travel the world, but because of football I haven't been able to. Now, because of football, I'll have that chance." Nacita walked onto the Baylor team in 2014 and rushed for 191 yards and a trio of touchdowns that season, but was later ruled ineligible due to his receiving housing and food from family friends. When Nacita enrolled at Baylor in 2014, he did not have a place to live and his scholarship only covered tuition.
Feb 6 - 1:50 PM

When Big 12 athletic directors met in Irving, Texas, on Thursday, they made no progress on a potential championship game, conference expansion or a Big 12 network.

There appears to have been no progress on any front. This isn't a huge surprise, as conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby had previously indicated that it'll take some time to get the wheels rolling. There hasn't been substantive talk of expansion in some time, but a conference title game has already been approved by the NCAA and at least on that front, it's probably a matter of "when" rather than the matter of "if."
Feb 4 - 8:04 PM

Baylor signed four-star QB Zach Smith.

ESPN ranks him as the No. 224 recruit in the class. "Smith is an athletic quarterback who has a strong arm and ideal measurables," the site noted. "Does a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly on short passes and will sit back and go through his reads when plays need to develop longer. Willing to stand in the pocket and take a hit. When in trouble, he has the foot quickness to make plays with his feet." This pocket passer must "become more than a fastball thrower and develop some nuance as a passer," according to ESPN. He's going to get that developmental time behind Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham.
Feb 3 - 7:43 PM

Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell (neck) has not yet been cleared for contact or full workouts.

Three months after undergoing neck surgery, Russell has been cleared "to progress through weight workouts and to begin throwing and running," Baylor's training staff clarified. He's probably still 2-3 months from full contact, however. Russell fractured a vertebra in his neck in October. He's beaten his recovery timetable throughout the rehab process, so his summer availability is not in question.
Feb 2 - 2:08 PM


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