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With Baylor sophomore QB Chris Johnson transitioning over to WR this season, it is unlikely that true freshman QB Jarrett Stidham will take a redshirt in 2015.

Seth Russell remains the Bears' starting quarterback, but Johnson's shift to wideout paves the way for freshman stud Stidham to slide into a backup role. It's also a sign that a freshman redshirt is unlikely. Earlier in camp, HC Art Briles called the 6-foot-4, 194-pound gunslinger "the best young guy I've ever been around." We probably won't see much of him this season barring an injury to Russell, though if viewers stick around when Baylor's dropping 60 points on non-conference cupcakes, they might see the freshman working some mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. He's drawn some comparisons to Marcus Mariota for the way his legs could change the course of a game.
Aug 26 - 6:16 PM

Boise State's 2013 dismissal of DE Sam Ukwuachu was unrelated to allegations of violence against his girlfriend at the time, the school announced.

This story continues to show the lack of information all parties had. Before this statement, former Boise State HC Chris Petersen said he "thoroughly apprised" Baylor's Art Briles of Ukwuachu's past. But now the school is stating the defensive end's alleged violent past, which reared its head in a terrible way, was not the reasoning for dismissing Ukwuachu. And on top of that, Boise State does not have to disclose the actual reasoning.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 8:47 AM

Florida HC Will Muschamp decided against adding then ex-Boise State DE Sam Ukwuachu after learning about the player's troubled past.

Why is this relevant? Because Muschamp came to this decision after a "Boise State athletic department employee detailed Ukwuachu's troubles with a girlfriend," including physical abuse. Baylor added the player around the same time, but Art Briles claims he was not given such details. Former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen claims he called Briles and "thoroughly apprised" him of Ukwuachu's past.
Aug 25 - 4:05 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon is "not just a "track guy"" in the eyes of NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter.

Cannon's speed is what immediately jumps off film, as he has legitimate "blow the top off the defense" speed and has logged a 100-meter dash time of 10.37. That ability to burn defenders deep will always be his most notable attribute, but draft analyst Reuter writes that the 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver is also "willing to make the tough catch in traffic and take a hit if needed." As a freshman, he caught 58 passes for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. We would be surprised if he doesn't eclipse those numbers this season, assuming a healthy 2015 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 3:48 PM
Jay Lee - WR - Bears

ESPN's Travis Haney believes Baylor redshirt senior WR Jay Lee is in store for a big season.

Last season, Lee caught 41 passes for 633 yards and six touchdowns, which is good for a 13.3 percent market share of the school's receiving yards. As always, Baylor is loaded at receiver with Lee, Corey Coleman and K.D. Cannon.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 12:12 PM

Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango "has the skills to fight for top-40 overall status next spring, likely as a guard," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Entering his fourth season as Baylor's starting left tackle, Drango plays with a wide base with easy natural quickness in his kickslide, positioning himself to stonewall rushers with brick hands. Drango relies on timing and awareness and is rarely caught on off-balance with a quick-thinking approach that limits his mistakes," Brugler wrote. Last season, Drango was a consensus All-American and a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection, and enters the 2015 season with a team-high 35 career starts on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 3:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings "flashes dominant qualities."

"Although he needs to improve his backfield vision and pre-snap anticipation, Billings flashes dominant qualities when he keeps his pad level low, rolls his hips at the point of attack and pushes his momentum into the backfield. If the technique and discipline catch up to his natural brawling strength and mentality, then he'll soon be playing in a NFL stadium near you," Brugler writes. The Baylor prospect became a full-time starter for the Bears in 2014, recording 37 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 3:01 PM

Baylor head coach Art Briles clarified his comments regarding Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu’s transfer from Boise State.

This story picked up steam quickly when Briles said Boise State didn't notify him of Ukwuachu’s violent past and now-Washington HC Chris Peterson said he had. In a statement, Briles said Peterson contacted him in spring 2013 and "told me he had a player from Texas who needed to get closer to home and that he thought our program would be a good spot for him." Briles continued: "In our discussion, he did not disclose that there had been violence toward women, but he did tell me of a rocky relationship with his girlfriend which contributed to his depression. The only disciplinary action I was aware of were team-related issues, insubordination of coaches and missing practice." Baylor released a scan of Ukwuachu’s transfer information request form filled out by BSU's compliance office, which stated that he had not been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Ukwuachu recently received 180 days in prison for sexual assault.
Aug 22 - 7:15 PM

A judge sentenced Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu to 180 days in prison after he was found guilty of sexual assault.

Ukwuachu's sentence includes 400 hours of community service and 10 years of probation. The jury recommended an eight year sentence, but that the sentence be probated. The incident Ukwuachu was convicted of occurred in 2013 after he was dismissed from Boise State. Baylor HC Art Briles said he was not informed of Ukwuachu's troubled past at Boise State, but then head coach Chris Petersen disputes that claim.
Aug 21 - 6:05 PM

A jury found Baylor redshirt junior DE Sam Ukwuachu guilty of sexual assault in an incident from 2013 involving a Baylor soccer player.

Baylor took a chance on Ukwuachu after he was dismissed from Boise State, and he made the worst decision possible following that second chance. Ukwuachu was expected to be declared eligible this season, but his career is almost certainly over now, at least with the Bears.
Aug 21 - 9:49 AM

Baylor HC Art Briles called true freshman QB Jarrett Stidham "the best young guy [he's] ever been around."

That's some high praise from quarterback whisperer Briles, who has coached current NFLers Robert Griffin III and recent draftee Bryce Petty. After Stidham signed with Baylor, ESPN analysts compared his passing to that of David Carr and his running to that of Marcus Mariota. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect is just beginning his college career, but the early hype is certainly encouraging.
Aug 18 - 6:48 PM

Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman earns the No. 20 spot on NFL Media's top 20 players in college football.

"Oakman gets knocked for not consistently putting forth the sort of effort expected of him. If he is able to impress with his motor this fall, Oakman will be one of the most coveted prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft," NFL media wrote. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Oakman recorded 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 2014. The Baylor prospect has already been added to the watch lists for the Bednarik, Hendricks, Lombardi and Nagurski awards.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 4:04 PM

Baylor beat writer Craig Smoak believes redshirt junior TE Tre'Von Armstead is primed for a big year.

The media is focused on 400 lbs LaQuan McGowan, but Smoak warns to not overlook Armstead. We think the more traditionally sized tight end will play on more base downs and packages. Hopefully he will be used more than last season, when Armstead only caught five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Aug 17 - 1:52 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon returned to practice in pads on Monday.

Beat writer Craig Smoak notes Cannon did not look 100 percent healthy, but donning pads is obviously progress. Cannon is apparently dealing with a hip injury. The receiver made an immediate impact in his freshman season, catching 58 passes for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns.
Aug 17 - 12:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango a "great technician with next level starting potential"

According to Pauline, some scouts view Drango as a possible selection in the later rounds, but the draft expert disagrees with that assessment. While he acknowledges that Drango lacks some athleticism, he also notes that the 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive lineman has "good length, size and football intelligence." Writers like NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter and Sports on Earth's Matt Brown tend to agree more with Pauline's analysis than those of the mystery scouts.
Aug 13 - 6:32 PM


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