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ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl rank Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 3 fastest-rising draft prospect.

We've been projecting this breakout for more than a year, when Oakman finally became eligible in Waco after getting booted out of Penn State in 2012. Muench and Weidl think Oakman will have to answer for his off-field transgressions during the interview process, but have no doubts about his ability to wow on the gridiron. "He's always had great upside and he's made strides this year," they wrote. "Listed at 6-9 and 280 pounds, he's stout against the run despite his high center of gravity, and he's flashed the ability to get off blocks in time to make plays at the line of scrimmage. He also has the length to post up offensive tackles and walk them back to the quarterback, though we'd like to see him do a better job of getting those long arms in passing lanes."
Sep 30 - 10:24 PM

In his return to the field, Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley had six catches for 114 yards in Saturday's win against Iowa State.

After not recording a catch in the first three games due to injuries, the Bears welcomed back Goodley (quad), Corey Coleman (hamstring), and Clay Fuller (clavicle) versus the Cyclones. Goodley, Bryce Petty’s go-to receiver during a break-out 2013, hauled in 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 scores last year. 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.
Sep 28 - 5:55 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty completed 30-of-44 throws for 336 yards and one touchdown and one interception in Baylor's blowout win over Iowa State on Saturday.

He added nine carries for 47 yards and a pair of scores. Petty's completion percentage is up more than three points in the early going (62.0% in 2013, 65.3% through three games), though his yards per attempt is down by over a yard (10.42 to 9.04). We're not concerned about that, as Petty was missing three of his top receivers in his first two games, and Baylor hasn't won a game by less than three touchdowns yet, mitigating the need to take excessive risks down the field. Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year, had a 33/3 TD/INT ratio in 2013.
Sep 28 - 5:34 PM

NFL media's Albert Breer spoke with one NFC scout who believes Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman will be a first-round pick.

"He's big and strong and relentless," the scout said. "He's got a great motor, too." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been all over Oakman since last October when he was just a role player. The former basketball recruit has a tremendous get off and is unafraid of contact to convert speed to power. 2014 is his only year as a full-time starter.
Sep 27 - 9:32 AM

Baylor head coach Art Briles confirmed Wednesday that WRs Antwan Goodley (quad), Corey Coleman (hamstring), and Clay Fuller (clavicle) will all return against Iowa State.

The three wideouts combined for 138 receptions last season but have not yet had one in 2014 due to injury. If you've seen Baylor's terrifying aerial attack in 2014 without them, that's a scary thought. In addition to getting a trio of standout receivers back, the Bears will welcome back running back Devin Chafrin, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the opener versus SMU.
Sep 24 - 9:45 PM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley is expected to return to the field against Iowa State.

Goodley has been a non-factor all season while dealing with a quad injury. The receiver is built like a running back and often catches like one, so obviously he wants to get back on the field and show improvement in terms of consistency. He can be useful in run after catch situations.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 10:41 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Baylor QB Bryce Petty as the No. 13 prospect on his big board.

"He's showing me a lot in playing through serious pain right now," Kiper writes, adding he thinks Petty is much more than a system guy. "The ability to hit tight throwing windows will be a question. Everyone's open now." This last point is where Rotoworld's Josh Norris gets caught up in Petty's evaluation. He is often times throwing from a clean pocket to wide open receivers. That does not happen in the NFL.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:36 PM

Baylor senior WR Levi Norwood will miss the school's season opener against Iowa State while still recovering from wrist surgery.

The game does not take place until September 27 and but Norwood was given a timetable of "at least three weeks" following wrist surgery back on September 4. In the mean time, Baylor will return multiple targets to help out emerging freshman star KD Cannon.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 11:18 AM

The Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday announced that 12 players have been added to its watch list, including Baylor’s KD Cannon and West Virginia’s Kevin White.

All 12 players added are in the top 14 in the country in receiving yards, with Alabama’s Amari Cooper (third) and Northern Illinois’ Da’Ron Brown (ninth) already named in the preseason. Baylor now has three receivers on the list, with Cannon joining Antwan Goodly and Levi Norwood, both of whom will return from injury against Iowa State.
Sep 16 - 8:07 PM

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,"'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

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