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Baylor announced that WRs Antwan Goodley (quad), Corey Coleman (hamstring), and Clay Fuller (clavicle) will all return against Iowa State after an upcoming bye week.

Bears head coach Art Briles confirmed the news in a teleconference on Monday. After combining for 138 receptions last season, the trio has not yet caught a pass between them in 2014. Wonder, then, that Baylor is still scoring points at will. Part of the reason for that -- aside from the terrible schedule, of course -- is the emergence of true freshman KD Cannon, who has 14 receptions for 471 yards (leads the FBS) and five touchdowns through three games.
Sep 15 - 9:11 PM

Baylor HC Art Briles told reporters redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is 100 percent back from injury.

Petty had been hobbled since week one against SMU while dealing with two cracks in his back. All in all, he only missed one game (against Northwestern State) and the Bears are currently 3-0. Expect Petty to continue to put up huge numbers. For evaluators, focus on when he is forced to make throws from a closing pocket to covered receivers.
Sep 15 - 12:25 PM

Baylor freshman WR KD Cannon is averaging 31.7 yards per touch this season.

After taking on a much larger role following week one, Cannon has posted 14 catches for 471 yards and five touchdowns. He also has four yards on one carry. Per Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, no other qualifying (over 100 yards from scrimmage) has an average of over 20.
Source: Fox Sports
Sep 15 - 11:16 AM

In his return to the starting lineup, Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty completed 23-of-34 throws for 416 yards and four touchdowns in Baylor's romp on Friday versus Buffalo.

Petty started the game 9-for-9 for 197 yards and a touchdown, not throwing his first incompletion until there was only 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Petty sustained two cracks in his back during the opener against SMU. The injury sounds more severe than it actually is (Petty won't aggravate the injury; he merely has to tolerate the pain it inflicts). He sat out the school's last game against Northwestern State, but showed zero ill effects today. In fact, his numbers would have been better, but Baylor's receivers, without the help of Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood, dropped a few long balls. Once back to 100 percent, Baylor's offense will be utterly terrifying.
Sep 12 - 11:51 PM

Baylor true freshman WR KD Cannon hauled in six catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 63-21 victory over Buffalo.

The true freshman streaked by Buffalo's secondary to haul in a pretty Bryce Petty pass around Baylor's 40-yard line early in the first quarter, racing untouched to an 89-yard touchdown reception. Last week, Cannon shredded Northwestern State for six catches, 223 yards and three touchdowns (touchdown catches of 50, 81 and 42 yards). Cannon, the best freshman receiver in college football, is drawing attention from draft analysts. "Cannon has already established himself as a legitimate speedster on the perimeter, while also exhibiting the explosive running skills that make him a threat to score whenever he touches the ball," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote last week. "It won't be long before NFL scouts start paying attention to his impact as a playmaker on the outside." Through three games, he already has 10 catches, 471 yards, and five touchdowns.
Sep 12 - 11:44 PM

Baylor redshirt junior DL Shawn Oakman had a sack in Friday's easy win over Buffalo.

Oakman's play is almost as striking as his green Mohawk. ESPN's coverage team called Oakman "LeBron James in pads," an allusion to the similarities in their frames (Oakman is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds). We've been enamored by his potential since last summer, when Oakman gained eligibility after transferring to Waco from Penn State. He's highly athletic, but will need to improve the technical aspects of his game, such as hand use. In his first year at Baylor, as a part-timer, Oakman ranked sixth in the Big 12 with 12.5 tackles-for-loss last season. He's headed for plenty more, and then a likely ticket into the first round, whether that is this coming spring, or the one after that.
Sep 12 - 11:38 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Corey Coleman is expected to miss Friday's game against Buffalo.

Coleman is dealing with a hamstring injury and miss the school's last game against northwestern State. Baylor, as usual, is loaded with receivers, and their young players have stepped up in veterans' absences.
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 10:07 AM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will start against Buffalo on Friday.

Petty sat out the school's last game against Northwestern State with a back injury. The veteran quarterback is dealing with two cracks in his back, and he was noticeably in pain in the season opener against SMU. Petty is a difficult evaluation, but we will focus on throws he is forced to make to covered receivers while in a closing pocket.
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 9:38 AM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley is not expected to play versus Buffalo.

Goodley is still dealing with a quad injury suffered in the school's season opener. He missed Baylor's last game against Northwestern State. Goodley has skills, but it is pivotal for him to show catching improvements on the field this season as he is still making the transition from running back to receiver.
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 9:33 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes NFL scouts will soon start paying attention to Baylor true freshman WR KD Cannon.

Cannon hauled in six passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern State on Saturday. The No. 46 overall recruit -- and the fifth-ranked receiver -- in the 2014 class had touchdown catches of 50, 81 and 42 yards. "The freshman sensation has certainly lived up to the hype that accompanied his status as a five-star recruit," Brooks wrote. "Cannon has already established himself as a legitimate speedster on the perimeter, while also exhibiting the explosive running skills that make him a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. It won't be long before NFL scouts start paying attention to his impact as a playmaker on the outside."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 5:08 PM

Baylor head coach Art Briles said injured redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty (back) is "eager to get back out there."

The Bears slapped down 720 yards of offense against Northwestern State on Saturday, making their injured signal-caller more than eager to return to the field. Petty is dealing with two cracks in his back, sustained in the Week 1 victory against SMU. "He's eager to get back out there," Briles said after Saturday's game against NSWU. "Once again, we'll make sure he's healthy. That little flame (to play), I think turned into a pretty big fire." Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year, won't be cleared to play against Buffalo on Friday unless he's just about 100 percent.
Sep 7 - 7:33 PM

Baylor true freshman WR KD Cannon shredded Northwestern State on Saturday, catching six balls for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

"He just knows how to get open," backup quarterback Seth Russell (starting in place of Bryce Petty) said. "I just threw it up and he went and got it." Cannon, the No. 46 overall recruit and the fifth-ranked receiver in the 2014 class, had touchdown catches of 50, 81 and 42 yards. "I've watched a lot of receivers, seen a bunch over 30-something years in coaching," said Bears' HC Art Briles, talking about his impression after watching Cannon play a high school game last fall. "I came back and said that's the best guy I've ever seen as a high school receiver, no doubt. He's good. He's different." Cannon was featured because Antwan Goodley (quad), Levi Norwood (wrist) and Clay Fuller (collarbone) were all out. He's one of the nation's most exciting first-year players.
Sep 7 - 6:26 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore QB Seth Russell passed for 438 yards and five touchdowns in relief of injured starter Bryce Petty in a blowout win over Northwestern State on Saturday.

The Bears were missing Petty and their top three wide receivers. No problem. They put up 720 yards of total offense, 455 via air and 265 on the ground. Russell is a prospect to keep an eye on in the future. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder could be one of the nation's most prolific passers next year when Petty is playing on Sundays. As is, Russell is 29-for-48 for 562 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in three halves of football (he played the second half of the blowout against SMU) thus far.
Sep 7 - 6:03 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty will be a game time decision against Northwestern State.

The update comes straight from head coach Art Briles to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler. Petty is dealing with two cracks in his back, and he was obviously ailing after multiple plays against SMU. The Bears will be missing plenty of talented players on offense, including receiver Antwan Goodley.
Sep 5 - 2:46 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty (back) will have to have a "pretty dramatic" recovery in order for him to start against Northwestern State on Saturday.

"We’ll see how it comes around in the next day or two, but it’s going to have to be pretty dramatic," head coach Art Briles said Wednesday. Petty himself said on Tuesday that he thought he'd be able to play. The Bears are nicked up right now -- WRs Levi Norwood, Antwan Goodley, Corey Coleman and Clay Fuller will all miss Saturday's game -- but are fortunate to have NWSU, Buffalo and Iowa State on deck. Because of that generous opening slate, Briles may elect to sit Petty on Saturday and start talented backup Seth Russell, the quarterback of the future.
Sep 4 - 4:45 PM


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