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Baylor redshirt junior DL Shawn Oakman totaled two sacks and another assisted tackle for loss in the school's 45-0 win over SMU.

Oakman has been a longtime favorite of Rotoworld's Josh Norris, and his performance on Sunday showed why. The massive defensive lineman mainly came off the bench last year, but he is a full time starter in 2014. From the first play, Oakman lined up in a three-point stance on the outside of SMU's offensive tackle and went on to play inside as a defensive tackle and stand up on the edge. Oakman's combination of strong hands, length and closing speed is what makes him so disruptive.
Sep 2 - 10:42 AM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back and is considered day-to-day.

Petty wasn't his usual sharp self on Sunday night against SMU before getting yanked at halftime in a blowout, completing 13-of-23 throws for 161 yards (he also rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown). The star signal-caller missed open receivers downfield and was seen grimacing. "When you’re throwing and I can’t torque [it's frustrating]," Petty said. FOXSports' Bruce Feldman reported that Petty’s injury heals on its own, so Petty's availability will ultimately come down to how well he can tolerate the pain. It's possible the Bears could scale back on read options and deep drops in the next few weeks to protect their Heisman candidate; Baylor has one of the conference's best offensive lines. Petty says he'll play on Saturday against Northwestern State. The Bears get Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 12, and then are off until traveling to Iowa State on Sept. 27. It's one of the softest September schedules of any Big 12 squad.
Source: Fox Sports
Sep 1 - 11:49 PM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley left Sunday's game against SMU with a bruised leg.

With Baylor up 31-0 midway through the second quarter, coach Art Briles took the opportunity to yank QB Bryce Petty, Goodley, and a few other starters. Goodley's injury doesn't sound serious, but we'll update you when more information is known. The stud wide receiver finished without a catch. That probably won't happen again this season.
Aug 31 - 10:15 PM

Former Texas redshirt freshman G Rami Hammad will transfer to Baylor, according to ESPN's Max Olson.

Hammad will be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer restrictions. The former highly coveted recruit wanted a change of scenery and apparently chose Baylor over Alabama and UCLA.
Aug 25 - 3:48 PM

The NFL Media analyst team ranks Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty as the No. 12 player in college football.

What isn't to love about a 33-3 touchdown-interception ratio in your first season as starter? "Petty's athleticism gets overlooked both in terms of his speed and ability to elude defenders on designed runs," the site explained. "He can hit just about every spot on the field given his accuracy but really forces defenses to adjust quickly after the snap given the quickness of his release." From Bucky Brooks ("Talented quarterback who spearheads the nation's most explosive offense") to Charles Davis ("He produced some terrific numbers in 2013 and never really got his due") to Mike Huguenin ("Yes, the Baylor offense is extremely QB-friendly, but Petty makes the Bears' offensive machine hum along. He has a gunslinger mentality, and those are fun QBs to watch."), the NFL.com team clearly believes another monster season is in the offing for Petty and the Bears.
Aug 23 - 3:21 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed at Thursday's press conference that redshirt freshman OL Rami Hammad will transfer.

Unlike most of the other Longhorns that have left the program recently, Hammad wasn't forced out. Instead, the former top-10 OG recruit simply wants a change of scenery, a situation that often arises when schools bring in new coaching staffs. Hammad, a former four-star recruit, won't have any problem finding a new school.
Aug 21 - 7:46 PM

Texas redshirt freshman OL Rami Hammad intends to transfer.

Hammad redshirted his lone season at Texas and will have to sit out another year if he moves to another FBS program. He was rated as a top-10 guard by multiple recruiting services. He is from the Texas area but received scholarships from all over the country out of high school.
Aug 18 - 10:14 AM

Baylor redshirt sophomore RB Devin Chafin is creating preseason buzz, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

We are really intrigued by Chafin since he offers a different kind of style than we have seen from Baylor since college success Terrance Ganaway. Chafin stands at 6'0/225 pounds and wins with strength and a physical nature, but Baylor's website also notes he runs a 4.43 forty, posted a 37" vertical and squatted 570 pounds. Bryce Petty has already "raved" about Chafin. Feldman also points to true freshman receiver Ishmael Zamora as a potential breakout Bear.
Aug 15 - 9:55 AM

Baylor WR Clay Fuller suffered a broken clavicle during practice Friday and will miss between 6-8 weeks.

The timeline suggests Fuller could be back in time for the Iowa State game on Sept. 27, or the Oct. 4 showcase against the hated Longhorns in Austin. Luckily, surgery is not considered necessary. Fuller finished fifth on the squad with 32 catches for 512 yards last season.
Aug 9 - 6:34 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes "scouts will be watching" to see how Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty and Baylor "respond now that they have a target on their backs."

"Petty will have to continue to polish his game as he prepares for the next level, and scouts will be watching to see how Petty and Baylor respond now that they have a target on their backs coming off the school's first Big 12 championship," Davis wrote. The Baylor prospect will have to show he's capable of "rising to the occasion" when Baylor won't be "sneaking up on anyone" this season, according to Davis. Teams will have a full offseason to plan for Bryce Petty, and it will be Petty's job to show scouts he's the top QB prospect in next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 8 - 2:03 PM

Baylor's Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood were named the Big 12's best WR duo by NFL.com.

Did you expect anything different? "You could almost pick anybody on the Bears' fall camp roster at the receiver position to team up with Goodley (5-foot-10, 220 pounds) and Baylor still would have one of the best duos in the conference," a trio of staff writers wrote. "That's a testament to how good the depth is in Waco at the position (which includes incoming five-star freshman K.D. Cannon, who Art Briles has raved about) and also how good the team's No. 1 player at the position is." Goodley is a leading preseason candidate to win the Biletnikoff Award, but don't sleep on his running mate. "Norwood (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is an excellent complement in the slot, and is coming off an All-Big 12 season in which he really took off once Tevin Reese got hurt," the site noted.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 8:18 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles admitted that he was intrigued by the Texas coaching vacancy.

"There was some conversation but not to extent I felt like I cheated on my wife," Briles said. Briles has proved to be one of the nation's best coaches since arriving in Waco, starting out his tenure with the moribund program with a pair of 4-8 seasons before gradually building to last season's Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl appearance. Texas also flirted with Nick Saban before settling on Charlie Strong.
Jul 25 - 10:20 PM

Baylor's Bryce Petty and Oregon State's Sean Mannion share the top senior QB grade from one NFL scouting service, according to NFL.com's Andy Fenelon.

The senior quarterback class is not strong this season, but we would place Utah State's Chuckie Keeton in the top spot. Petty's biggest issue is pressure. He frequently looks great against defenses that are overwhelmed by Baylor's offensive prowess and many times is fortunate to see receivers running open. Mannion might be even worse against pressure and is less mobile. We doubt either one are first-round picks.
Jul 24 - 3:46 PM

Baylor WR Antwan Goodley pegged redshirt sophomore WR Corey Coleman as the player to watch this season.

Coleman was the team's leading kick returner and started 10 of 13 games after redshirting his first year on campus. According to his Baylor bio page, Coleman runs a 4.38 forty and posted a vertical jump of 45+", best on the team. He could emerge as a go-to target across from Goodley, if the latter continues to struggle with his catching consistency.
Jul 23 - 11:40 AM

NFL.com pegs Baylor's Antwan Goodley, Alabama's Amari Cooper and Florida State's Rashad Greene as the three frontrunners for the Biletnikoff Award.

As the go-to receiver in Baylor's high-flying attack, Goodley has "a good choice to have the most receptions among this group," predicted the website, which adds that all three of these players are on National Championship contending squads. "Goodley and Greene also play with established quarterbacks; that's not the case with Cooper, which means that no matter how talented he is, he also is the most likely of this trio not to be on the finalists list at the end of the season," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 8:39 PM


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