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Baylor strength coach Kaz Kazadi has been reassigned to a role outside the athletic department.

"Baylor Athletics acknowledges his years of service, and we appreciate his focus on our student-athletes and programs," Baylor said in a statement. Kazadi was initially hired by then-HC Art Briles back in 2008, when he initially served as associate athletic director for athletic performance.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 12:13 PM

Pro Football Focus compared K.D. Cannon to Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin.

"Benjamin has established himself as a deep threat in the NFL, averaging 15.1 yards per reception in his five-year career. Cannon should be able to have similar success in stretching the field as he develops the rest of his game," writes the PFF analysis team. The outlet believes that the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder's speed and acceleration "should play immediately at the next level." Cannon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He figures to land solidly as a Day 3 pick.
Mar 24 - 4:53 PM

Outside of his size, a regional NFC scout said it's "hard for me to find [the] strengths" of Baylor C Kyle Fuller.

Fuller has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds with arms over 34-inches long. Outside of that? Well, we'll let NFL Media's Lance Zierlein take the floor: "Below-average athleticism and body control hinder his effectiveness, but he has the physical traits that teams will likely look to mold. Has enough anchor that he can neutralize at the point of attack, but he probably won't be much of a block winner in the future."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 12:52 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Stellar showing from Cannon in the sprint. Not all of the wideouts have run the event yet, but the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Baylor's products time was the fastest among the first group of receivers. He said on Friday that he is hoping to "wow" scouts and evaluators with his route-running work, which he has been focusing on during training. The speed was always there.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 12:13 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon believes that he will "wow" the NFL when they see his routes.

Corey Coleman was raked over the coals repeatedly last spring for his supposed route deficiencies given Baylor's limited tree. Cannon is trying to work ahead of such criticism, saying that he has focused much of his training on his route-work. While it could be argued whether or not he should have declared -- Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is of the opinion that it was a mistake -- he could make for an intriguing Day 3 selection.
Mar 3 - 4:00 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles denies that he helped cover up sexual assault cases levied against football players.

Back in February, a trio of Baylor regents released a slew of troubling emails and text messages from Briles as response to a libel lawsuit being levied against the university. In a letter obtained by KWTX-TV, Briles said, "Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice or safety for anyone." He called reports in the media "inaccurate, misleading and unfair," adding, "I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclose rather than messaging misdirection will take place." Briles had indicated last summer that he hoped to coach again in 2017. So far as we know, he received next to no interest on the coaching carousel this winter.
Source: kwtx.com
Mar 2 - 3:35 PM

Baylor hired San Francisco 49ers WR Bob Bicknell to serve in the same capacity.

"His experience coaching NFL wide receivers will be a great asset to our staff as we work to develop young men for success in the classroom, on the field and in life," said HC Matt Rhule in a statement. In addition to the 49ers, Bicknell -- a 26-year coaching veteran -- has previously spent time with the Eagles, Bills and Chiefs at the NFL level.
Mar 2 - 2:51 PM

Baylor indefinitely suspended senior CB Travon Blanchard after he was accused of multiple acts of violence against a woman.

A restraining order has been placed against Blanchard on behalf of the woman. "The Baylor Athletics Department is aware of a complaint made against Travon Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney's Office," Baylor officials said in a statement on Tuesday. "Immediately upon notification on February 7, the appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated and Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team related activities, pending the outcome of the investigation." The affidavit alleges that Blanchard, in addition to physical violence, "controls many aspects of the applicant's life."
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 1:38 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Baylor WR K.D. Cannon to Paul Richardson.

We're on board with this marriage of slim speed merchants. "Cannon is slightly build and a novice route-runner but has outstanding vertical speed to climb over the top of cornerbacks and force safety help his way," Zierlein wrote. "Cannon may not have the short area shiftiness for a move inside, so he will likely become a niche prospect who fits with teams looking for a field stretcher with some homerun potential." Cannon earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after posting a 87-1,215-13 line last year.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:54 PM

Baylor starting offensive tackle Dominic Desouza has left the program after choosing to retire from football.

Desouza decided to leave the program after graduating in December. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder started all 13 games for the Bears in 2016. Baylor now returns three starting OL in Blake Blackmar, Ishmael Wilson and Patrick Lawrence.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 20 - 2:10 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Baylor WR K.D. Cannon "jumped the gun and left for the draft a year too early."

Hey, we're with him. Cannon is a grade-A burner who's unrefined, slight and injury-prone. Another year on campus would have really helped his cause. "He’s athletic and runs well but lacks any consistency at the receiver position," Pauline wrote. "He drops too many catchable throws and does not win out as he should. Forgetting the fact that Cannon will be a late-round pick, he’ll be behind the curve from the first day of camp."
Feb 20 - 1:40 PM

Baylor hired Temple OC Glenn Thomas to serve as QB coach.

And with that, HC Matt Rhule's first staff at Baylor is now a finished product. He is plenty familiar with Thomas, who acted as QB coach under Rhule at Temple in 2015 before earning a promotion to offensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season. Thomas worked as QB coach with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year stint prior to joining Rhule and the Owls. In a statement, Rhule said, "This staff is full of experienced, talented coaches who will develop our young men to be the best that they can be in the classroom, on the football field and in the community."
Feb 16 - 5:58 PM

Baylor RB Shock Linwood was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Linwood was an underappreciated college back over the past few seasons. He left Baylor as the school's career record holder for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately, Linwood wasn't able to build on monster sophomore (1,252 yards) and junior (1,329 yards) seasons in 2016, as he was suspended by interim coach Jim Grobe and phased out of the Bears' offense at various times. Linwood skipped Baylor's bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft, a questionable decision considering the year he was coming off.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 2:54 PM

Baylor senior QB Anu Solomon said he was drawn to the school because of the success of former QBs Robert Griffin III, Bryce Petty and Seth Russell.

In leaving Arizona as a grad transfer, Solomon ended up choosing Baylor over Group of 5 schools UNLV, Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada as well as the ACC's North Carolina. Solomon left the Wildcats holding school records for most passing yards in a game and the longest streak of throws without an interception. He's been injury prone throughout his career, but has plenty of talent. Solomon will battle Zach Smith for the Bears' starting gig.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 6:47 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tagged Baylor as having the fourth-softest non-conference schedule in 2017.

Washington, Colorado and Kansas took the top three spots. Then, Baylor. The Bears are somewhat notorious for routinely putting together non-conference schedules that underwhelm to the extreme. This year, at least, they do play a typically frisky Duke team on September 16. That one figures to be HC Matt Rhule's first test of any note at his new program. Baylor's first two games of the season against Liberty and UTSA, less testing. The Bears have not lost a non-conference game since 2010, which sounds about right given the way they schedule.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 7:00 PM


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