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  07/13/20 - Terrel BernardJr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  Baylor's Terrel Bernard has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. The award is given annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club. Other awards given to Bernard is selection to preseason first team defense by Athlon Sports, Street & Smith's and Lindy's. he was also named to the All-Big 12 team in 2019 by AP and Big 12 coaches. Bernard, who plays linebacker for the Bears, had a team-high 112 tackles and 4.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries in 2019. - Waco Tribune Herald

(DS#12 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Terrel BernardBaylor
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  06/19/20 - Dillon DoylerSo/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 235 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  Former Iowa sophomore linebacker Dillon Doyle announced Thursday that he's transferring to Baylor. Doyle is the son of former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who reached a separation agreement with Iowa on Monday after allegations from former players that he had made racial comments to them. Dillon Doyle announced his decision to transfer to Baylor on Twitter. He will have to redshirt in 2020 under NCAA transfer rules unless he can obtain a waiver from the NCAA. "Baylor provides a special situation to be part of a culture with world-class people and coaches every day, and I can't wait to get started," Doyle said. Doyle played in all 13 games for the Hawkeyes in 2019 with three starts, finishing with 23 tackles. He played in four games in 2018, mostly on special teams with two tackles.

The 6-3, 237-pound Doyle was a finalist for Iowa high school football Gatorade player of the year at Iowa City in 2017 after he recorded 73 tackles with 12 for loss while also making 19 catches for 242 yards and four touchdowns. Doyle is the second transfer linebacker for Baylor since the campus was shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas State graduate transfer William Bradley-King announced in April that he's transferring to Baylor and will be immediately eligible in 2020. - Waco Tribune


(DS#11 ILB) rSo/2023 ILB Dillon DoyleBaylor
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  06/18/20 - Dillon DoylerSo/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 235 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  Former Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle has found his new college home in Waco, Texas. Doyle announced his commitment to Baylor via Twitter on Thursday. "I want to thank everyone that has SUPPORTED me throughout my recruitment," Dillon Doyle wrote in his tweet. "Baylor provides a SPECIAL situation to be part of a CULTURE with world-class PEOPLE and COACHES every day, and I CAN'T WAIT to get started."

Doyle is the son of former Hawkeye strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle who reached a separation agreement earlier this week with the university after Black former football players alleged he fostered a culture of racial bias and bullying. Dillon Doyle announced he was entering the NCAA transfer portal on June 9, three days after Chris Doyle was placed on paid administrative leave by Iowa. A three-star 2018 prospect out of Iowa City West, Doyle logged 23 tackles as a sophomore this past season for the Hawkeyes. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#11 ILB) rSo/2023 ILB Dillon DoyleBaylor
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  06/14/20 - Terrel BernardJr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  Baylor's season opening football game against Ole Miss has been moved from Sept. 5 to Sunday Sept. 6 at NRG Stadium in Houston as part of ESPN's package of Labor Day games. The Bears will be designated the home team for the neutral site game which will match a pair of first-year head coaches at their respective schools: Baylor's Dave Aranda and Mississippi's Lane Kiffin. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date. "ESPN's Sunday game during kickoff weekend has quickly developed into a strong franchise," said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of programming and ESPN Events. "We look forward to continuing that success as we feature two head coaches in their inaugural games with two great programs. We want to thank the schools and our Texas kickoff team for recognizing this unique opportunity." The game will mark the second meeting between the two schools. Baylor defeated the Rebels, 20-10, in the only previous meeting in 1975. - Waco Tribune Herald

(DS#12 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Terrel BernardBaylor
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  06/13/20 - Charlie BrewerSr/2021, Baylor, 6-1, 206 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Baylor practice will look different for the upcoming season due to the pandemic. There will be social distancing, face masks and other precautions to limit the possibility of COVID-19 contamination. Three months after the coronavirus shut down the Baylor campus, the football team will take its first steps back with voluntary strength and conditioning workouts beginning throughout the upcoming week. Baylor plans to return 20 players per day Monday through Thursday for coronavirus testing. Twenty players returned early for injury rehab and all tested negative for COVID-19.

Like all NCAA football teams, the Bears hope to begin their season as scheduled Sept. 5 against Ole Miss at NRG Stadium in Houston. But much will depend on whether the coronavirus pandemic is under better control. "I told our staff this is just the start of the race," said Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades. "We have a formidable opponent in COVID-19, and so much of how we finish is dependent on how we start the race. I'm at great peace that we have a real thoughtful plan on how we'll onboard our student-athletes." - Waco Tribune Herald


(DS#9 QB) Sr/2021 QB Charlie BrewerBaylor
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  06/09/20 - Dillon DoylerSo/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 235 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  A three-star 2018 prospect out of Iowa City West, Doyle logged 23 tackles as a sophomore this past season for the Hawkeyes. "I'd like to thank my teammates and others in the community for the overwhelming amount of SUPPORT I've received the last few days," Doyle said in a tweet announcing he was entering the NCAA transfer portal. Since last Friday, black former Hawkeye football players have come forward with allegations of racial discrimination they faced while playing for Iowa, and numerous accounts were centered on Chris Doyle. On Saturday, Iowa placed Doyle on indefinite administrative leave. And on Sunday, head coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters that athletic director Gary Barta would coordinate an independent investigation on Iowa's strength and conditioning program, which Doyle has led since 1999. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#11 ILB) rSo/2023 ILB Dillon DoyleBaylor
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  05/23/20 - Charlie BrewerSr/2021, Baylor, 6-1, 206 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Charlie Brewer and linebacker Terrel Bernard provided crucial leadership throughout Baylor's run to the 2019 Big 12 championship game and the program's first Sugar Bowl appearance in 63 years. After the coronavirus outbreak forced Baylor students off campus in mid-March, the Bears have needed their leadership more than ever. Brewer and Bernard have helped keep their teammates bonded with daily communication through phone calls, texts and virtual meetings. Nobody knows the pulse of the team better. The Big 12 announced Friday that football players can return to campus June 15 for voluntary conditioning and training exercises. But Brewer and his teammates will be excited for the day when they will be cleared for team workouts. "Hopefully we can get back sooner than later," Brewer said. "It's been way too long. I think a lot of our guys have taken advantage of this time apart, but we have to hit the ground running when we return."

Nobody is more respected on the team than Brewer, who is entering his fourth season as the starting quarterback. Brewer has passed for 7,742 career yards and 51 touchdowns while rushing for 885 yards and 18 scores heading into his senior year. But it's his toughness and willingness to sacrifice for the team that have enhanced his leadership skills. He's liked the way his teammates have responded to his leadership during their time apart for the last 2 1/2 months. "I think everyone is doing a great job of holding people accountable, and that starts with me," Brewer said. "I need to know myself inside and out, and I have to set the example and let other people see I'm doing everything I can right now for the team. That includes what we need to be doing strength and conditioning wise. I think a lot of teammates have taken it very seriously and understand what we need to do to reach our goals." - Waco Tribune Herald


(DS#9 QB) Sr/2021 QB Charlie BrewerBaylor
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  05/21/20 - Jason SmithrSr/2009, Baylor, 6-5, 309 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  Former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Jason Smith highlights an eight-person induction class to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, which was announced Wednesday. The class spans six different sports and features a quartet of three-time All-Americans in women's tennis star Lenka Broosova, men's tennis standout Lars Poerschke, softball great Brette Reagan, and track and field stalwart Todd Cooper. The class also includes volleyball's Anna Breyfogle and football's Brad Goebel and Andrew Melontree. Smith ranks as one of Baylor's top offensive linemen to pass through Waco. He was recruited as a tight end before moving to tackle after his freshman season. He started 30 straight games over the next three seasons and picked up consensus All-America honors in 2008 for a BU offense that produced the team's most rushing yards in 27 years (2,349). The then-St. Louis Rams selected Smith as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Baylor's first first-round pick since Daryl Gardener in 1996. He played three years with the Rams and another with the New York Jets before his pro career ended. - Waco Tribune Herald

(DS#1 OT) rSr/2009 OT Jason SmithBaylor
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  05/20/20 - Trestan EbnerSr/2021, Baylor, 5-11, 208 (DS#38 RB) + More +

  With the trajectory Trestan Ebner has been on, next season should be his best. His 29 receptions in 2018 ranked 10th among Power Five running backs, and he rushed 53 times for 250 yards and three touchdowns last season. Ebner helped carry much of Baylor's running back efficiency - along with departing back JaMycal Hasty and senior John Lovett, the trio combined for 1,537 of the team's 2,330 rushing yards (66% of the total). - Dallas Morning News

(DS#38 RB) Sr/2021 RB Trestan EbnerBaylor
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  05/13/20 - Kalon BarnesJr/2022, Baylor, 6-0, 186 (DS#12 CB) + More +

  The departure of starting cornerback Jameson Houston leaves an opening for one of the two starting jobs, and sophomore Kalon Barnes could join Raleigh Texada as a leader. A dual athlete who's known for his remarkable speed, Baylor's corner and track star had five pass breakups, one interception and a forced fumble in 2019. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#12 CB) Jr/2022 CB Kalon BarnesBaylor
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  05/12/20 - Tyquan ThorntonJr/2022, Baylor, 6-2, 176 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  Denzel Mims moving on to the NFL paves the way for Tyquan Thornton to be the Bears' top receiver next season. He followed behind Mims in 2019 with a second-best 45 receptions and 782 receiving yards. His standout freshman campaign foreshadowed his potential to become one of Baylor's most productive receivers, and his consistent improvement shows he's on track to have his best season yet. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#18 WR) Jr/2022 WR Tyquan ThorntonBaylor
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  05/11/20 - *Robert GriffinrJr/2012, Baylor, 6-2, 223 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Before Robert Griffin III was a Heisman Trophy winner, before he was RG3, before he revitalized Baylor football, in fact even before he enrolled at Baylor in early 2008, he was a high school track star. On May 11, 2007, Griffin was a junior at Copperas Cove High School when he burned up the track in the UIL Track and Field State Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Griffin set records in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles that day. The future Baylor Bear football star ran the 300 hurdles in 35.33 seconds, setting a state record for all classes and missed tying the national record by .01 of a second. He also set the Class 4A state record in the 110 hurdles at 13.55 seconds. Griffin's next standout track meet would come a little more than a year later when, as a first-semester freshman, he won the Big 12 title in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.73. - Waco Tribune

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  05/09/20 - Charlie BrewerSr/2021, Baylor, 6-1, 206 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  The NCAA has proposed a plan to allow college athletes opportunities to earn money for endorsements and other activities involving personal appearances. But college coaches don't want the new legislation to give some schools greater advantages in attracting recruits or open the door for boosters or agents to have a major influence. There are many key details that must be worked out before NCAA membership votes on legislation in January 2021. Baylor is like most schools in that coaches are working with compliance officials in seeking details on the parameters that this new NCAA proposal will entail.

"I think anything that benefits the student-athlete generally would be the thought," said Baylor football coach Dave Aranda. "But there's still a lot that has to be worked out. I know that I've got questions. A lot of it is kind of conceptual right now. So now it's the ability to move to the next phase with real pointed questions in terms that there are some tentacles that go different varying ways." Under the proposal, athletes will be able to earn money on their names, Images and likenesses. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who led the group that produced the recommendations approved by the NCAA Board of Governors, said there will be no cap on what athletes can earn but he does believe the NCAA should determine fair market values for various opportunities to earn compensation. - Waco Tribune


(DS#9 QB) Sr/2021 QB Charlie BrewerBaylor
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  05/06/20 - Gunnar RoyerrSr/2021, Baylor, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  Ross Matiscik and Gunnar Royer never thought about long snapping as an avenue to the NFL when they were high school seniors trying to figure out where to play college football. Overlooked by FBS schools, their first priorities were proving themselves as defensive players. But after long snapping at Baylor for the last four years, Matiscik will get his shot to play in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars after agreeing to a free agent contract on April 25. Next year, Royer hopes to be in a similar position. Looking to increase his exposure to the NFL, Royer recently signed with Baylor as a graduate transfer after long snapping for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II school.

Royer jumped on the radar of FBS schools when he was rated the best graduate transfer long snapper in the country after averaging .65 seconds per snap at a Kohl's Kicking Camp in January at IMG Academy in Florida. Both Baylor special teams coordinator Matt Powledge and head coach Dave Aranda were impressed with what they saw, and offered him a scholarship. "I know I'm good enough to play D-I," Royer said. "Just going through the whole process, the Baylor coaches really created a relationship with me. Instead of calling me one time, they stayed in contact with me and that made the difference." - Waco Tribune Herald


(DS#999 LS) rSr/2021 LS Gunnar RoyerBaylor
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  05/03/20 - Blake LynchrSr/2020, Baylor, 6-2, 225 (DS#50 OLB) + More +

  When NFL training camps finally open, Baylor rookie defensive players will be spread all over the country from Seattle to Green Bay to Atlanta and many points in between. Three Baylor defenders were drafted on April 25 as Minnesota took All-America lineman James Lynch in the fourth round, Carolina chose all-Big 12 lineman Bravvion Roy in the sixth round and the Los Angeles Rams grabbed second team all-Big 12 linebacker Clay Johnston in the seventh round. But the real onslaught came in the hour after the NFL Draft ended. There was a signing frenzy as seven more Baylor defensive players agreed to free agent contracts. "I thought that it would happen but to see it happen was crazy," said former Baylor linebacker Blake Lynch. "Coach (Matt) Rhule prepared us for the NFL. I think everybody is going to make a team honestly." Blake Lynch will join James Lynch in Minnesota while linebacker Jordan Williams went to Atlanta, safety Henry Black to Green Bay, safety Chris Miller to Seattle, defensive end James Lockhart to Pittsburgh, cornerback Jameson Houston to Cleveland, and defensive back Grayland Arnold to Philadelphia. - Waco Tribune

(DS#50 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Blake LynchBaylor
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