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Jason Smith heading into rSr season: 2008: The Football Writers Association All-American first-team choice became Baylor's first offensive lineman since guard Frank Ditta in 1980 and the Bears' first All-American offensive tackle since Mike Hughes in 1975...Added second-team All-American accolades from The NFL Draft Report and third-team recognition by Rivals.com...Unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection...Named the team's co-Most Valuable Player...The left offensive tackle led the conference with seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks...His 96 knockdown blocks were the most ever by a Baylor offensive lineman...Added a league-high (for a down lineman) thirteen down field blocks, but was penalized five times...Was charged with just two quarterback pressures and 3.5 sacks on 290 pass plays...Was the major reason the team ranked 21st in the nation and third in the Big Twelve in rushing, averaging 195.75 yards per game, a vast improvement over 2007, when the Bears ranked 113th nationally (77.83 yards per game)...The team's 29 touchdown runs are the most by a Baylor squad since 1994 and rank third on the team season-record list...Graded at least 90% for blocking consistency in four contests (Wake Forest, Northwestern State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech)...2007: Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a junior offensive tackle from The Associated Press despite being slowed by a sprained knee injury for much of season ... Played and started in seven games at left tackle ...Was a key performer along a Bears' o-line which yielded just 21 sacks, the program's fewest since 1995 ... Sustained a right MCL strain in season-opener at No. 22 TCU which sidelined him for three games, then returned to start at Texas A&M and vs. Colorado...2006: 11 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 6-70-11.7-1; Moved from tight end to offensive tackle prior to spring practice and went on to start all 12 games of his sophomore season as the Bears' right tackle ... Played every offensive snap in 11 of his 12 starts.
Danny Watkins heading into Sr season: DOB: 11/6/1984, will be 26 year old NFL rookie…2010: Watkins, a two-year letterwinner from Kelowna, B.C., started all 25 games at left tackle during his Baylor career. As a senior in 2010, Watkins earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from numerous publications after leading the team with 134 knockdowns and an average coaches' grade of 90 percent. He posted the highest grade of any lineman in 12 of 13 games and led the team in knockdowns in every game. Watkins was drafted fourth overall in the May 2010 CFL Canadian Draft by his hometown B.C. Lions, but he chose to return to Baylor for his senior season...2009: Starter at left tackle in all 12 games in first season at Baylor as junior in 2009… Earned first Baylor letter… One of 11 Bears to start all 12 games in 2009… Averaged an 89 percent grade over season from offensive line coaches… Totaled 103 knockdowns in 12 games…JUCO: Junior college All-American offensive lineman from Butte College in Oroville, Calif… Canadian with only two seasons of football experience… Rated No. 39 on Rivals.com's junior college top 100 listing… Ranked 56th on SuperPrep's Juco 100 listing… Named 2008 first-team All-America by JC Athletic Bureau as sophomore… Led Butte to perfect 11-0 season and 2008 California Community College Athletic Association championship as sophomore… Unanimous All-NorCal Conference selection at offensive tackle in 2008… Part of Butte line which accounted for 398.3 yards per game in 2008… Named to Region I All-California first team as sophomore… Played in all 22 games as freshman and sophomore at Butte.
*Robert Griffin heading into rJr season: Given that the Redskins seemed to have chosen SMU guard Josh LeRibeus way too early in the third round and their other picks were all fourth-rounders on down, their draft was all about quarterbacks. They traded their first-rounders this year, next year and 2014 and their second-rounder this year to St. Louis to move up four spots to select Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall. And then they used their third pick, the seventh selection in the fourth round, on Michigan State's three-year starter, Kirk Cousins. The move hearkens back to 1994, the last draft in which the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 when they picked Heath Shuler third overall. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, a seventh-rounder in the same draft. BEST PICK: Quarterback Robert Griffin III: The strong-armed, swift Griffin is the perfect new leader for a team that has started 21 quarterbacks over the last 19 seasons and has lacked a face of the franchise for nearly as long. Griffin is expected to be the opening day starter replacing holdover Rex Grossman. - The Sports Xchange
Kendall Wright heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 1/20 - Kendall Wright, WR, 5-10, 196, Baylor...Wright gives the Titans another weapon at receiver and something they don't have, even if Kenny Britt comes back healthy. He can take the top off the defense from the slot position and is a threat when it comes to YAC as well. - The Sports Xchange
Philip Blake heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 4/108 -- Philip Blake, C/G, 6-2, 312, Baylor...Blake started at right tackle in 2009 and center in 2010-11, replacing J.D. Walton, a Denver draft pick in 2010. But he projects to guard as a pro and will likely back up at all three interior spots as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
J.D. Walton heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Starter at center for all 12 games … honorable mention All-Big 12 by Associated Press… Listed on Rimington Trophy watch list… One of eight Bears to start all 12 games … Anchored BU offensive line that generated 2,349 rushing yards, most at school since 1981, and 29 TDs. 2007: Started every game at center for the Bears as a sophomore center … Shared team’s Best Offensive Lineman honor with tackle Jason Smith … Played 911 snaps, most by a BU offensive performer, and second-most overall on squad behind free safety Jordan Lake’s 974. 2006: Did not play for the Baylor program in June 2005 as a transfer … Named to spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. 2005: Redshirted as a true freshman offensive lineman at Arizona State.
Phil Taylor heading into rSr season: 2010: Taylor, a two-year letterwinner, transferred to Baylor after playing two seasons at Penn State. A native of Clinton, Md., Taylor earned consensus second-team All-Big 12 honors after starting all 13 games as a senior. His 62 tackles in 2010 were the most by a Baylor interior lineman since Ethan Kelley in 2002. He also ranked second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss, tied for third with 2.0 sacks, and had two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries...2009: Played all 12 games and started nine at defensive tackle as junior in first season at Baylor in 2009... Totaled 25 tackles (2.5 for loss), an assisted sack, five QB hurries, two blocked kicks and one interception on season...2008: Transferred to Baylor from Penn State in September 2008, sat out season in compliance with NCAA Division I transfer policy but practiced with team... Redshirted to retain eligibility...2007: At Penn State: Played 12 games... Credited with 20 tackles, 12 solo efforts, with 6.5 tackles for loss resulting in loss of 26 yards... Tallied 3.0 sacks, good for loss of 18 yards, and recovered two fumbles... Sixth on team in minus-yardage hits...2006: Made collegiate debut as true freshman against Michigan in 2006... Played season's final seven games... Logged 53 plays, including 14 against Illinois and 12 against Temple.
Derek Epperson heading into Sr season: 2009: Punter in all 12 games as junior in 2009... Consensus All-Big 12 honoree (first team by AP, coaches, Phil Steele, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, S.A. Express-News, F.W. Star-Telegram; second team by Rivals.com, K.C. Star, Waco Tribune-Herald)... Punting average of 44.81 ranked sixth nationally and third in Big 12... Punted 54 times for 2,420 yards (44.81 average) and totaled 13 kicks inside the 20 and 14 punts of 50-plus yards... Had seventh-best single-season punting average in school history (44.81)...2008: Starting punter in all 12 games as sophomore... 2008 Ray Guy Award semifinalist... Earned several All-Big 12 honors... Averaged 44.27 yards on 49 punts in 2008 (2,169 total yards)... Totaled 16 punts of 50-plus yards and placed 14 inside the opponents' 20-yard line... Ranked ninth nationally and second in Big 12 in punting average... 44.27 average ranked seventh all-time on BU's single-season list...Sixteen punts of 50-plus yards was 10th-best single-season total in school history... Added three punts of 60-plus yards (tied for seventh-best total at Baylor)...2007: As true freshman, ranked No. 9 in Big 12 and No. 86 nationally with 39.1-yard average on 66 punts en route to honorable mention freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and All-Big 12 freshman honors from same publication... Also had 12 boots inside 20-yardline, 17 fair caught and three touchbacks... Recorded eight punts of 50-plus yards on year with then-career-long 63-yarder vs. Texas Tech.
Terrance Williams heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 3/74 - Terrence Williams, WR, 6-2, 210, Baylor...He is a big fast receiver who can stretch the field. Williams, a Dallas native, caught 97 passes for a nation-leading 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior last season. He had 34 catches of at least 20 yards and 16 that went at least 30. He didn't face much press coverage but he gives the Cowboys another big receiver to go along with Dez Bryant and gives them insurance for the oft-injured Miles Austin. - The Sports Xchange
Terrance Ganaway heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/202-Terrance Ganaway, RB, 6-0, 239, Baylor...Big 12 rushing champion Ganaway won't be a threat to Shonn Greene's job but provides another bruising back to the Jets' ground-and-pound attack. - The Sports Xchange
Joe Pawelek heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 55 Sol-128 TT, 6 TFL, 6 INT, 7 PBU, 5 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Named 2008 third-team All-America by Phil Steele… Consensus 2008 first-team All-Big 12 selection by all organizations… Big 12 Defensive Player of Week Nov. 17… Earned 2008 Academic All-America second-team honors by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA… 2008 first-team Academic All-Big 12… Selected to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2008… Given team awards for Defensive MVP and Baylor Academic Excellence… One of eight Bears to start all 12 games in 2008… 10.7 tackles-per-game average ranked second in Big 12 and seventh nationally… Second in Big 12 and seventh nationally in interceptions (0.50 per game), first nationally among linebackers… Led team with five QB hurries… Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week after making two interceptions and seven tackles in win over Texas A&M in 11th game. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 40 Sol-99 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 3 FF; Baylor’s second-leading tackler … Served as a team tri-captain and shared squad MVP honors with free safety Jordan Lake …Second-team All-Big 12 selection by The Associated Press, received honorable mention recognition from league’s coaches … First-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree was also first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI pick … Big 12 Fall Good Works Team member … Ranked T-No. 6 in Big 12 (T-No. 5 among linebackers) and T-No. 85 nationally with 8.2 tackles per game … Also ranked T-No. 4 in Big 12 with 0.25 fumbles forced per game and T-No.9 in league with 0.17 fumbles recovered per game … Played 893 snaps, fourth-most on squad overall and second-highest total on the defensive side of the ball behind Lake’s 974 plays … Received team Academic Award … Fall Dean’s List and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll member … Baylor Leadership Academy graduate. 2006: 12 GP; 10 GS; 46 Sol-86 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 9 QBH; Redshirt freshman linebacker enjoyed one of the finest season's ever by a Baylor rookie, earning first-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News, collegefootballnews.com and the Football Writers Association of America … The Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year also garnered conference Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from The Sporting News as well as second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches … Honorable mention Associated Press All-Big 12 pick … First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection led the Bears in tackles with 86 stops (46 solos) … He tied for 10th in the Big 12 with 7.17 tackles per game, the highest per-game average of any conference freshman, and finished the season with 4.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 on squad), 2.0 sacks (T-No. 2 on team), one interception, four pass breakups (T-No. 2 on squad) … Saw action on a team-high 855 snaps to earn first Baylor monogram … Selected Baylor's Best Defensive Front Player by coaches and received team's Academic Award … Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. 2005: Elected to take a redshirt season … Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll … Scout team MVP … Also a catcher on the Baylor baseball team, but sat out 2006 season as a redshirt.
Dan Gay heading into rSr season: 2007: Started every game of junior year--one at left offensive guard (at No. 22 TCU), five at left tackle (Rice,Texas State, Buffalo,No. 20 Kansas and No. 19 Texas) in place of the injured Jason Smith...2006: Spent first two years at Baylor as a defensive tackle, but moved to offensive guard prior to the start of 2006 spring drills and went on to make 10 starts in 12 appearances on the right side at his new position as a sophomore ...2005: 4 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-5 TT; Redshirt freshman defensive tackle played in four games to earn his first varsity letter ... Recorded five tackles, all assisted, on season ... 2004: One of two non-Texans in Baylor's 2004 recruiting class ... Sat out season as a redshirt.
David Gettis heading into Sr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: 12 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 29-391-13.5-0; KR: 4-93-23.2-0; Third-leading receiver on squad in reception, second in receiving yards. 2007: 12 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 31-407-13.1-0; KR: 34-763-22.4-1; 4 Sol-4 TT; His 22.4-yard kickoff return average ranked No. 12 in Big 12 and No. 87 nationally … His 34 kickoff returns ranked No. 3 on Baylor’s single-season list, while the 763 return yards were a school single-season record. 2006: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 4-82-20.5-1. Track: Ran a season-best 48.37 in the 400 meters to finish 27th at the Big 12 Championships…Clocked a season-best time of 21.52 in the 200 meters to finish ninth at the North Texas Invitational…Ran 21.65 in the 200 meters at the Stanford Invitational to place seventh…During Indoors, clocked a season-best time of 49.76 in Fayetteville, Ark….Ran 50.04 at the Big 12 Championships to finish 20th overall.
Robert T. Griffin heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/203-Robert T. Griffin, G, 6-5, 335, Baylor...Baylor's "other" Robert Griffin will add to the offensive line depth behind Brandon Moore and Matt Slausen. - The Sports Xchange
Jason Lamb heading into rSr season: 2007: Earned honorable mention coaches All-Big 12 honors... Ranked No. 9 in Big 12 with 0.42 sacks per game ... Led Bears in sacks (5.0) and was T-No. 3 in tackles for loss (7.0) and No. 6 overall (tops among all Baylor d-linemen) in tackles with 53 stops (19 solos) ... Also had a team-high six quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup...2006: Redshirt freshman was one of three Bears named to 2006 The Sporting News All-Big 12 freshman honor squad after moving from tight end to defensive end midway
through spring practice... His 38 tackles (21 solos) on year ranked No. 8 on squad and his 5.5 stops for loss were No. 2 on team ... Also had one sack and six quarterback hurries...2005: Redshirt season.
Thomas White heading into rSr season: 2007: 9 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 3-17-5.7-0; Rec: 34-475-14-8; KR: 4-63-15.8-0; 3 Sol-3 TT; Former walk-on was rewarded with a scholarship prior to the start of fall camp and went on to lead the Bears in touchdown receptions (eight), receiving yards (475)...2006: 9 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 2-5-2.5-0; Rec: 26-372-14.3-2; The Bears' fourth-leading receiver as a sophomore from his Little Y inside receiver position, where he caught 26 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns in nine appearances with five starts ... 2005: Redshirt freshman saw action on one play against Samford and dressed for two other games ... Slowed by a hamstring injury for much of the season ... 2004: Joined Baylor program as a walk-on after drawing interest from SMU, Rice, Dartmouth and an offer from Navy ... Dressed for six games but took a redshirt.
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