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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

The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against Baylor true sophomore WR Robbie Rhodes.

Rhodes was arrested last month on marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence. The player's attorney used Baylor's drug-testing policy to argue that his client should be given leniency, according to the Waco Tribune: "Waco attorney Jonathan Sibley said Baylor has been drug-testing Rhodes for about seven months and he never tested positive for drug use. Sibley said he showed those test results to the DA’s office, including a test administered two days before Rhodes was arrested, and convinced them he was not guilty. Rhodes also tested negative after his arrest, Sibley said." Rhodes was a four-star recruit in 2013 and is expected to break out with Tevin Reese playing on Sundays this year.
Jun 4 - 8:41 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles believes redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will have a better season in 2014 than he did in 2013.

Considering that Petty is coming off a huge campaign of 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions, Briles' expectations are sky high. "He has a vast amount of experience now, to help him improve in everything that he does. Leadership, decision-making, things that can give him an edge on the field," Briles told FOX Sports' The Audible with Bruce Feldman. "I expect him, as crazy as it sounds, to be even more productive, even better and to lead us to even greater heights than he did last year." The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is an early Heisman candidate and first-round candidate. Briles hopes he can lead Baylor to the next level. "As a team, we want to get into those playoffs," Petty told the Dallas Morning News last month. "That is the next step in this program to become a national powerhouse. We took the right steps last year. We had a splash on the scene."
Jun 2 - 8:41 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles is intrigued by the idea of coaching in the NFL.

"I think it would interesting; it's kind of intriguing to me. As opposed to 20 years ago when it was a trickle-down effect (from NFL to college), it's a trickle-up effect now," Briles said. "I think everything's trickling up from high school, to college to the NFL. That's why the game's getting more open, more exciting and more diverse. To me, as a guy who deals with things on the offensive side of the ball most of the time, I think it would be very exciting to get to the NFL level with this type of scheme and see what happens." It's great to hear that Briles' high-flying offense would follow him if he decided to move on to the pros, but we're hoping he keeps it in the collegiate ranks.
Jun 2 - 8:19 PM

On Fox Sports "The Audible" podcast, Baylor coach Art Briles notes that Baylor's fast rise was due to a "prolonged, daily drive to reach national relevance."

"The rise might have seemed fast on the outside, but inside the program it's been a prolonged, daily drive to reach national relevance," Briles said on "The Audible" podcast. In the last six years at Baylor, Briles has compiled forty-four wins to thirty-two losses. However, in the last three years Briles has gone 29-10 during Baylor's rise to relevancy.
Source: Fox Sports
Jun 2 - 3:01 PM

Baylor senior WR Levi Norwood has "enough ability to have more than a cup of coffee at the NFL level," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Norwood's 47 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns would have made him the star of many offenses, but he was overshadowed by a cast of stars on the Bears last year. With Tevin Reese in the pros, Norwood should put up monster numbers as one of Bryce Petty's favorite targets in 2014. "Norwood is a string bean with a skinny body type and very limited muscle tone and growth potential, but is a tougher ballcarrier than he looks," wrote Brugler. "He catches the ball well with his hands and is at his best using his straight-line speed to get vertical with vision and determination to be a threat when he has the ball in his hands. ... has a limited route tree with some clear tightness in his breaks, but like his brother Jordan, Levi has the professional approach and enough ability to have more than a cup of coffee at the NFL level."
Source: CBS Sports
May 30 - 10:47 PM


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