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2014 BAYLOR BEARS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 1, 2014
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2014 Baylor Bears football preview

Baylor Bears (2005 - Pres)

COACH: ART BRILES, 44-32 @ BAYLOR, 6 YEARS

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Phillip Montgomery

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Phil Bennett

Last league title: 2013

RETURNING LETTERMEN: 10, 6 offense, 3 defense, punter

SCORING: 52.4

RUSHING: 259.7

PASSING: 359.1

TOTAL OFFENSE: 618.8

DEFENSE PPG: 23.5

RUSHING: 145.4

PASSING: 214.9

TOTAL DEFENSE: 360.3

TURNOVER MARGIN: +13

 Baylor Bears (2005 - Pres)

The Baylor Bears won 11 games in 2013 and finished in first place in the conference on the strength of the best offense in the country. Baylor averaged 52.4 points per game which ranked first in the nation and 618.8 yards per game of total offense which also ranked number one in the country. The offense returns six starters from last season’s team including quarterback Bryce Petty. Petty was named the Big 12 Offensive player of the year after passing for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Petty was also second in the nation in passing efficiency and ran the ball extremely well scoring 14 touchdowns on the ground. Petty will have plenty of weapons returning this year including receivers Antwan Goodley, who had 71 receptions for 1339 yards and 13 scores. Joining Goodley will be Levi Norwood who also had 47 receptions for 733 yards and eight touchdowns. Corey Coleman is also back and will be joined by Clay Fuller who had 32 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Robbie Rhodes will also see time and will have the ability to spread the field even more with his speed. The running game will belong to sophomore Shock Linwood who rushed for 881 yards and eight touchdowns.

Baylor Bears (2005 - Pres)

One area that was overlooked last season was Baylor’s defense. They went from one of the worst in the country to one of the best but this year will have to find a way to replace eight starters including safety Ahmad Dixon and linebacker Eddie Lackey. The Bears will count on defensive tackle Beau Blackshear (6-4 300), DT Andrew Billings (6-1 310), DE Jamal Palmer (6-3 245) and DE Shawn Oakman (6-9 275). Oakman is a transfer from Penn State who had 13 tackles for loss as a backup last season for Baylor. Joining the mix up front will be Sam Ukwuachu who will be eligible after transferring from Boise State where he was named a freshman All-American.  Only one starter returns at linebacker and that is senior Bryce Hager. Hager was named all Big 12 in 2013 even after missing the final four games because of a groin injury. The secondary lost three starters and will return free safety Terrell Burt. Orion Stewart will step in at strong safety after having a solid freshman season.

There is little doubt Baylor will have another explosive offense in 2014 but may not be able to match the production they had last year. The biggest concern will be replacing seven starters on defense. The early nonconference schedule includes home dates against SMU, Northwestern State and a road trip to Buffalo, all three should be easy wins. The Bears will open the conference schedule on the road at Iowa State on September 27 and then travel to Texas October 4.

Baylor Bears (2005 - Pres)

SCHEDULE:

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/31/14 vs. SMU TV Waco, Texas 6:30 p.m. CT
09/06/14 vs. Northwestern State TV Waco, Texas 6:30 p.m. CT
09/12/14 at Buffalo TV Buffalo, N.Y. TBA
09/27/14 at Iowa State * Ames, Iowa TBA
10/04/14 at Texas * Austin, Texas TBA
10/11/14 vs. TCU * Waco, Texas TBA
10/18/14 at West Virginia * Morgantown, W.Va. TBA
11/01/14 vs. Kansas (HC) * Waco, Texas TBA
11/08/14 at Oklahoma * Norman, Okla. TBA
11/22/14 vs. Oklahoma State * Waco, Texas TBA
11/29/14 vs. Texas Tech * Arlington, Texas TBA
12/06/14 vs. Kansas State * Waco, Texas TBA

Baylor Bears (2005 - Pres)


ROSTER:

41 armstead tre'von Armstead, Tre'Von TE 77 6-5 280 3 SO 1L Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial HS
75 baker troy Baker, Troy OL 78 6-6 310 7 SR 3L Waco, Texas/Connally HS
37 benenoch josh Benenoch, Josh CB 70 5-10 200 7 SR SQ Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS
75 billings andrew Billings, Andrew DL 73 6-1 310 3 SO 1L Waco, Texas/Waco HS
55 black baylor Black, Baylor LB 71 5-11 205 3 SO SQ Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall HS/Mary-Hardin Baylor
95 blackshear beau Blackshear, Beau DL 76 6-4 300 5 JR 2L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
48 blanchard travon Blanchard, Travon S 74 6-2 190 2 RS FR SQ Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
96 bonds byron Bonds, Byron DL 72 6-0 275 3 SO 1L Allen, Texas/Allen HS
38 brence collin Brence, Collin NB 71 5-11 205 7 SR 3L Plano, Texas/Plano HS
34 bristow lee Bristow, Lee NB 75 6-3 225 5 JR 1L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
88 brooks terell Brooks, Terell DL 76 6-4 305 7 SR 1L Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville HS/Navarro College
26 brown brandon Brown, Brandon WR 71 5-11 185 3 SO SQ Austin, Texas/Vandergrift HS
61 broxton jarell Broxton, Jarell OL 77 6-5 325 5 JR TR Gathersburg, Md./Quince Orchard HS/Lackawanna College
13 burt terrell Burt, Terrell S 70 5-10 185 5 JR 2L Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS
40 callahan chris Callahan, Chris PK 69 5-9 180 2 RS FR SQ Houston, Texas/Second Baptist School
5 campbell grant Campbell, Grant LB 72 6-0 230 5 JR TR Bakersfield, Calif./Garces Memorial/Bakersfield College
28 chafin devin Chafin, Devin RB 72 6-0 220 3 SO 1L Burkburnett, Texas/Burkburnett HS
98 clemons-valdez trevor Clemons-Valdez, Trevor DT 75 6-3 290 5 JR 2L Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove HS
69 colbert pat Colbert, Pat OL 77 6-5 305 5 JR 2L Kilgore, Texas/Kilgore HS
1 coleman corey Coleman, Corey IR 70 5-10 185 3 SO 1L Richardson, Texas/Pearce HS
30 copeland tuswani Copeland, Tuswani CB 70 5-10 170 7 SR 1L Lawton, Okla./MacArthur HS
52 davis raaquan Davis, Raaquan NB 73 6-1 215 2 RS FR SQ Rockwall, Texas/Heath HS
58 drango spencer Drango, Spencer OT 77 6-5 315 5 JR 2L Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park HS
19 dunn devon Dunn, Devon QB 70 5-10 190 1 FR HS Santa Clarita, Calif./Bishop Academy HS
66 earnest drew Earnest, Drew OL 75 6-3 275 5 JR SQ Houston, Texas/Houston Christian HS
83 edmiston cole Edmiston, Cole WR 72 6-0 185 2 RS FR SQ Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville HS
20 edwards aiavion Edwards, Aiavion LB 73 6-1 225 3 SO 1L Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville HS
62 edwards tyler Edwards, Tyler OL 77 6-5 300 7 SR 1L Malvern, Ark./Glen Rose HS/Arkansas Tech/Blinn College
16 ehrlich kendall Ehrlich, Kendall LB 73 6-1 225 3 SO 1L Pearland, Texas/Pearland HS
89 ellis tyler Ellis, Tyler WR 72 6-0 200 2 RS FR RS Lorena, Texas/Lorena HS
99 ezell zorrell Ezell, Zorrell DT 74 6-2 290 3 SO 1L Humble, Texas/Humble HS
85 feuerbacher jordan Feuerbacher, Jordan TE 75 6-3 250 1 FR HS Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood Park HS
35 franklin mallory Franklin, Mallory DB 69 5-9 180 1 FR HS Everman, Texas/Everman HS
6 frerking andrew Frerking, Andrew QB 75 6-3 195 5 JR SQ Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan HS
23 fuller clay Fuller, Clay WR 73 6-1 210 7 SR 3L Bulverde, Texas/Smithson Valley
55 fuller kyle Fuller, Kyle OL 76 6-4 305 3 SO 1L Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS
5 goodley antwan Goodley, Antwan WR 70 5-10 225 7 SR 3L Midland, Texas/Midland HS
23 griffin kiante' Griffin, Kiante' NB 72 6-0 215 3 SO 1L Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS
44 hager bryce Hager, Bryce LB 74 6-2 235 7 SR 3L Austin, Texas/Westlake HS
16 hall davion Hall, Davion WR 74 6-2 190 1 FR HS Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau HS
84 hawthorne lynx Hawthorne, Lynx WR 71 5-11 205 3 SO 1L Refugio, Texas/Refugio HS
67 hilliard desmine Hilliard, Desmine OG 76 6-4 330 5 JR 2L Dallas, Texas/Lincoln HS
18 howard xavien Howard, Xavien CB 74 6-2 200 3 SO 1L Houston, Texas/Wheatley HS
33 hunter ian Hunter, Ian LB 71 5-11 210 1 FR HS Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS
2 jefferson johnny Jefferson, Johnny RB 71 5-11 200 2 RS FR SQ Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker HS
13 johnson chris Johnson, Chris QB 76 6-4 220 2 RS FR SQ Bryan, Texas/Bryan HS
12 jones quan Jones, Quan WR 76 6-4 200 2 RS FR SQ Wylie, Texas/East HS
65 jordan b.j. Jordan, B.J. DS 70 5-10 190 5 JR HS Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS
17 jupe austin Jupe, Austin NB 73 6-1 205 2 RS FR SQ San Antonio, Texas/East Central HS
64 kyle jacob Kyle, Jacob OL 72 6-0 270 2 RS FR SQ Mart, Texas/Mart HS
50 landes jimmy Landes, Jimmy DS 73 6-1 240 5 JR 2L Tyler, Texas/Lee HS
4 lee jay Lee, Jay WR 74 6-2 215 5 JR 2L Allen, Texas/Allen HS
21 levels patrick Levels, Patrick S 68 5-8 190 3 SO 1L Dallas, Texas/Roosevelt HS
32 linwood shock Linwood, Shock RB 68 5-8 200 3 SO 1L Linden, Texas/Linden-Kildare HS
90 magee javonte Magee, Javonte DE 77 6-5 275 3 SO 1L San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston HS
93 masumbuko suleiman Masumbuko, Suleiman DL 74 6-2 290 5 JR 2L Euless, Texas/Trinity HS
60 mcgowan laquan McGowan, LaQuan OL 78 6-6 385 5 JR 1L Amarillo, Texas/Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
46 miner harrison Miner, Harrison LB 73 6-1 215 2 RS FR RS Waco, Texas/Midway HS
47 mitchell kevin Mitchell, Kevin CB 71 5-11 180 7 SR SQ Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock HS
82 moore kaleb Moore, Kaleb WR 71 5-11 200 3 SO SQ Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair HS
73 muir blake Muir, Blake OL 77 6-5 300 5 JR TR Sutherland, NSW, Australia/Kirrawee HS/Hawaii
74 muir sean Muir, Sean OL 74 6-2 275 2 RS FR SQ Sutherland, NSW, Australia/Kirrawee HS
49 nance brian Nance, Brian DE 74 6-2 250 2 RS FR SQ Euless, Texas/Euless Trinity HS/Hargrave Military Academy
42 norwood levi Norwood, Levi IR 73 6-1 195 7 SR 3L State College, Pa./Midway (Texas) HS
2 oakman shawn Oakman, Shawn DE 81 6-9 275 5 JR 1L Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood HS/Penn State
53 orcutt keith Orcutt, Keith OL 75 6-3 270 2 RS FR SQ Little River, Texas/Academy HS
76 osei jason Osei, Jason OL 76 6-4 310 3 SO 1L London, England//Woodhouse College
92 palmer jamal Palmer, Jamal DE 75 6-3 245 5 JR 2L McKinney, Texas/Boyd HS
15 penning gus Penning, Gus TE 77 6-5 240 5 JR 1L Jenison, Michigan/Jenison HS/Grand Rapids CC, Riverside CC
46 peterson kyle Peterson, Kyle PK 71 5-11 205 5 JR 1L Rockwall, Texas/Heath HS
14 petty bryce Petty, Bryce QB 75 6-3 230 7 SR 3L Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian HS
45 phillips xavier Phillips, Xavier LB 72 6-0 230 2 RS FR SQ Forth Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal School
12 pullom alfred Pullom, Alfred S 73 6-1 190 2 RS FR SQ Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods HS
19 reid ryan Reid, Ryan CB 71 5-11 175 3 SO 1L Sherman, Texas/Sherman HS
3 rhodes robbie Rhodes, Robbie WR 72 6-0 190 3 SO 1L Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest HS
35 ritchey tanner Ritchey, Tanner WR 72 6-0 165 1 FR HS Gail, Texas/Borden HS
87 ritter andy Ritter, Andy WR 74 6-2 175 3 SO SQ Mansfield, Texas/Legacy HS
36 roth spencer Roth, Spencer P 76 6-4 225 7 SR 3L Knoxville, Tenn./Catholic HS
17 russell seth Russell, Seth QB 75 6-3 205 3 SO 1L Garland, Texas/Garland HS
1 sanders chris Sanders, Chris DB 71 5-11 180 5 JR TR Tucker, Ga./Tucker HS/Eastern Arizona College / Georgia
26 sells taion Sells, Taion S 70 5-10 185 3 SO 1L Irving, Texas/MacArthur HS
32 simpson collin Simpson, Collin S 67 5-7 205 7 SR SQ Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen HS/UT-San Antonio
24 singleton terrence Singleton, Terrence S 71 5-11 195 3 SO 1L Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial HS
56 smith k.j. Smith, K.J. DE 74 6-2 255 2 RS FR SQ Frisco, Texas/Centennial HS
80 spangler cal Spangler, Cal IR 70 5-10 185 5 JR SQ Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown HS
41 stephenson tyler Stephenson, Tyler CB 70 5-10 170 7 SR 3L Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster HS
28 stewart orion Stewart, Orion S 74 6-2 185 3 SO 1L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
39 symmank jared Symmank, Jared PK 72 6-0 160 2 RS FR SQ McKinney, Texas/Boyd HS
27 tagive peni Tagive, Peni RB 75 6-3 225 3 SO 1L Campbelltown, NSW, Australia/St. Gregory's/Southern Cross Univ.
57 thrift tanner Thrift, Tanner DL 76 6-4 255 2 RS FR SQ Hutto, Texas/Hutto HS
86 ukwuachu sam Ukwuachu, Sam DE 76 6-4 230 5 JR SQ Pearland, Texas/Pearland HS/Boise State
20 webb anthony Webb, Anthony RB 72 6-0 190 5 JR 2L La Porte, Texas/La Porte HS
22 williams terence Williams, Terence RB 75 6-3 220 1 FR HS Ennis/Ennis
3 wright tion Wright, Tion CB 68 5-8 170 3 SO TR Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa HS/Moorpark College
51 young taylor Young, Taylor LB 69 5-9 225 2 RS FR SQ DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto HS
Coaches/Support Staff
Art Briles - Head Coach
Phil Bennett - Defensive Coordinator
Kendal Briles - Passing Game Coord (Receivers)/Off. Recruiting Coord.
Randy Clements - Running Game Coordinator (Off. Line)
Philip Montgomery - Offensive Coordinator (Quarterbacks)
Brian Norwood - Associate Head Coach (Safeties)
Chris Achuff - Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
Carlton Buckels - Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
Jim Gush - Assistant Coach (Linebackers)/Def. Recruiting Coord.
Jeff Lebby - Assistant Coach (Running Backs)
Colin Shillinglaw - Assistant AD/Operations
Beau Trahan - Director of Football Operations
Jeff Barlow - Director of Equipment Services
Brett Bufton - Assistant Director of Equipment Services
Casey Horny - Asst. Director of Operations
Odell James - Asst. Director of Operations
Kaz Kazadi - Assistant AD/Athletic Performance
Calvin Lowry - Asst. Director of Operations
Mike Sims - Assistant AD/Athletic Training
Austin Steele - Asst. Director of Operations
Tate Wallis - Asst. Director of Operations



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