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  09/18/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#32 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score, and Baylor had its way against Kansas on the ground, piling up 307 yards rushing in a 45-7 victory on Saturday. Abram Smith ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Trestan Ebner added 72 yards on just 12 carries, as the Bears (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) for the 12th consecutive time. Baylor hasn't lost to Kansas since the 2007 season. Baylor finished with 576 yards total offense. Kansas managed just 166. Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean was held to just 57 yards passing and a touchdown, though he did have 62 yards on the ground, before giving way to backup Jalon Daniels in the fourth quarter. By that point, Baylor had turned a 14-7 halftime advantage into another rout. - Baylor/AP College Football

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  09/13/21 - JT WoodsSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 190 (DS#29 FS) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JT Woods, Baylor, S, Sr.,...Woods had three tackles and a 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Baylor's 66-7 win over Texas Southern. The senior safety's return was the longest fumble return in school history, and it was his second defensive touchdown in as many weeks. Woods helped this Baylor team become the first Bears squad since 2013 with defensive touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. - Big 12 Football

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  09/12/21 - Trestan EbnerrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 208 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Abram Smith and Tristan Ebner both rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half, and Baylor scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions in a 66-7 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday night. Gerry Bohanon was 16-for-21 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores for the Bears (2-0). Baylor outgained Texas Southern 458-52 in the first half and 714-283 overall in matching its win total from last season, when the Bears were 2-7. "I was impressed with the week that went into this," Baylor coach Dave Aranda said after his first nonconference home game with the Bears, who didn't play outside the Big 12 because of the pandemic in his 2020 debut. "I think some of that had to do with just the second week, knowing what's expected. The main piece was, "We're here, we can go there, we can do this. Look what we can become." Smith ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and Ebner added 125 yards on 10 attempts, the second straight week both eclipsed the century mark. Taye McWilliams came on late and had 102 yards and a touchdown on six carries, giving the Bears three 100-yard rushers for the first time since Sept. 12, 2015, against Lamar.

The Bears' 419 yards rushing were the most they've had in a game since they put up 469 on Oct. 1, 2016, against Iowa State. Tyquan Thornton led Baylor with five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Ebner added 70 yards and a score on four catches. "Coach challenged me, Tyquan and some of the other receivers on the deep ball this game," Bohanon said. "We didn't connect well on it in the last game, so it was a big emphasis for us this week. We got the job done." - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/05/21 - Abram SmithrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Baylor had three interceptions, Abram Smith rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears defeated the Texas State Bobcats 29-20 on Saturday. Baylor played its first regular season game outside the Big 12 in 715 days after its 2020 non-conference games were canceled due to COVID-19-related issues. "For them to have something to feel good about, it's been a while," Bears coach Dave Aranda said. Baylor finished 2-7 last season, losing five straight after winning its season opener against Kansas on Sept. 26, 2020.

The Bears are unbeaten in eight games against the Bobcats dating back to 1909, but it was a stiffer test after having outscored Texas State 279-73 in their previous meetings. Trestan Ebner added 120 yards rushing on 20 carries, giving the Bears their first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since 2018. "(What) I am proud of is I thought our identity on offense, you got a feel for what we are trying to accomplish," Aranda said. The grit of the running game was matched by the team's intensity defensively. "That was one of the better defenses I've seen in a long time," Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said. Baylor returns 10 starters on defense and that unit responded by holding Texas State to 235 yards, including 79 yards rushing. The Bears' defense scored nine points, including a safety to end the game. - Baylor/AP College Football


(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Abram SmithBaylor
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  09/02/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#32 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon has been hitting up his teammates in recent days for extra tickets to Baylor's season opener against Texas State. After sitting behind Charlie Brewer for three seasons, Saturday night's game in San Marcos will be Bohanon's first as the Bears' starting quarterback. It's a big moment for Bohanon, and he wants as many family members and friends as possible to be there to share it. "My family's pretty excited about it, so I'm pretty much trying to get a couple of tickets to get some more family members to the game," Bohanon said. "Get to see some good action this weekend that everybody's been waiting for." In an era when dissatisfied players routinely enter the transfer portal, Bohanon is an example of how old-school patience can still pay off. Coming out of tiny Earle, Ark., Bohanon put up phenomenal high school numbers as he passed for 11,362 yards and 142 touchdowns and rushed for 5,925 yards and 70 scores in four years and twice earned all-state honors. - Waco Tribune Herald

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  08/25/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#32 QB) + More +

  Baylor announced junior Gerry Bohanon as the starting quarterback on Sunday. Bohanon has been battling sophomore Jacob Zeno and redshirt freshman Blake Shapen for the starting job throughout the spring and the first two weeks of preseason camp. Baylor announced coach Dave Aranda's decision through social media. A fourth-year junior, the 6-3, 221-pound Bohanon has hit 18 of 38 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 296 yards on 48 carries and three scores in his college career. Both Bohanon and Zeno backed up Charlie Brewer the last two seasons before the veteran quarterback transferred to Utah for his final season of college eligibility. - Waco Tribune Herald

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  08/22/21 - Jalen PitrerSr/2022, Baylor, 6-0, 200 (DS#6 SS) + More +

  The lone first-team All-Big 12 player from last year's Baylor squad, Pitre is back for one more year as a fifth-year senior. Despite being a safety on paper, Pitre has the versatility and the freedom to play in the box, too, as a pseudo-linebacker. Those different roles give him the opportunity to impact the game in a number of different ways, and Pitre certainly made the most of those opportunities last fall. He was among the team's best in a number of statistical categories in 2020. Pitre led the team in tackles-for-loss and was third on the team in both sacks and interceptions. He was third in the Big 12 in tackles-for-loss per game (1.44). Pitre also became the first player in program history to have two interceptions returned for touchdown in the same season. - Dallas Morning News

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  08/22/21 - Terrel BernardSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  Midway through the 2020 season, Bernard appeared to be on the fast track to the NFL. He had amassed 55 tackles in just five games, with his 19-tackle showing against Texas in Baylor's third game of the season as the crown jewel of his 2020 slate. But after tearing his labrum and fracturing his shoulder against Iowa State in Baylor's fifth game of the season, everything changed for Bernard, who was leading the team in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss at the time. Bernard had season-ending surgery, and the considerable rehab required to deal with those injuries ultimately led Bernard to decide a trip to the NFL would have to wait another year. He's now healthy and back for another season, and should be a leader on a Baylor defense that's Dave Aranda is trying to mold into his next dominant unit. - Dallas Morning News

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  08/18/21 - Terrel BernardSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  The pain and numbness in Terrel Bernard's shoulder told him just how grim things were. Eventually, Bernard would learn that he had sustained a torn labrum and fractured shoulder on that play in a loss to Iowa State. "It hurt," Bernard said. "I knew it was pretty bad. I knew my season was probably going to be over. If I could, I wanted to go back in and do what I could - at least finish the game if not the season." He returned to the game for a while, essentially playing with one arm before exiting, his season over. Bernard was leading the Big 12 in tackles with 55 through five games, including 19 in an epic performance against Texas. Those season totals include 6.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks.

His decision to return is one reason why Baylor hopes to be improved after going 2-7 in Dave Aranda's first season. "Big fan of Terrel," Aranda said. "He's got a great heart. His care for others, there's a selflessness about him that our team sees and recognizes. He pushes people to be better by the way that he goes about his day. "I'm thankful for Terrel coming back. It was a choice that he made. We're all better for it. I'm a better coach because of it." A fifth-year senior, Bernard contemplated the NFL draft and fulfilling a lifelong dream in spite of the injury. "I was really thinking about it," Bernard said. "Having that opportunity was something I wanted to do since I was a kid." - Dallas Morning News


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  08/18/21 - Siaki IkarSo/2024, Baylor, 6-3, 340 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  When Baylor reached the Big 12 championship game in the 2019 Sugar Bowl season, all-conference nose guard Bravvion Roy was a dominating force up front. Roy often occupied two blockers, allowing All-America defensive end James Lynch and the rest of the defenders free lanes to unload on quarterbacks. The Bears hope LSU transfer Siaki "Apu" Ika makes a similar impact this season. The 6-4, 350-pound Ika not only takes up a lot of space in the middle of Baylor's defense, his combination of strength and quickness is rare for a man that massive. "I expect him to have the biggest impact on the defense," said Baylor defensive lineman TJ Franklin. "Before we had a nose (guard), but we didn't have a nose that was able to go in there and eat up blocks, be able to pass rush, a nose that's able to do everything we need him to do."

Baylor coach Dave Aranda knew how important Ika could be to Baylor's defense because he coached him when he was defensive coordinator for LSU's 2019 national championship team. Ika was a key part of the Tigers' defensive line rotation as he recorded 17 tackles with 1.5 for loss. After playing in just four games last season, Ika decided to join Aranda at Baylor, and the transition has been smooth. "I know this defense like the back of my hand," Ika said. "The only different thing is the vocabulary, but it's pretty easy to get it down. That's a big part why I wanted to choose to make the transition because I knew if I made the move, I wouldn't be set back. I think it's kind of just pick up where I left off, kind of just get in and hit the ground running." - Waco Tribune Herald


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  07/17/21 - Terrel BernardSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  Not everyone can pull off a green suit, but Terrel Bernard is just that dude. Looking positively resplendent in a matching seaweed-colored ensemble, nobody looked happier to be in attendance at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday than Bernard. That's because nobody is more eager to get back on the field. The Baylor linebacker played like a sure-fire first-team All-American for five games in 2020 before a shoulder injury halted everything. Bernard went from laying the boom to laboring over the labrum. The end hit harder than, well, one of his own jarring tackles. "Just being disconnected from the team," said Bernard, when asked to pinpoint the hardest part of his absence from the field. "You've got to go do your own thing for a little bit, and that's never fun. Being injured, that can take away from the mental side, too. I think that was the most difficult part for me. Just not being able to be out there and compete with my guys, it was a hard time."

Bernard didn't need an X-ray to reveal that his shoulder was wrecked. He knew it from the moment it happened in a 38-31 loss to Iowa State last November in Ames. His arm fell limp. It pulsed with pain. And yet he still went back in the game for a while - mostly because he knew it would be his last chance in 2020. "It hurt. I knew it was pretty bad, and I knew my season was probably going to be over," Bernard said. "So, if I could, I wanted to go back in and do what I could to at least finish the game if I wasn't going to be able to finish the season." - Waco Tribune Herald


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  07/08/21 - Terrel BernardSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  Baylor was picked eighth in the Big 12 preseason football poll by the media that covers the league. Oklahoma was picked as the preseason favorite as it received 35 of 39 first-place votes. Iowa State was chosen second as it received the remaining four first-place votes. Texas was picked third followed in order by Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas. Baylor finished ninth in the Big 12 with a 2-7 record in 2020 in Dave Aranda's first season as head coach. The Big 12 football media days will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington. - Waco Tribune Herald

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  07/04/21 - Hal PresleyrFr/2025, Baylor, 6-3, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Auburn receiver Hal Presley announced that he's transferring to Baylor on his Twitter account on Friday. Presley, who had previously been committed to Baylor, entered the transfer portal without playing for Auburn. As a senior last season at Mansfield Summit High School, Presley caught 43 passes for 1,073 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games. Presley had been recruited by schools like Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. - Waco Tribune Herald

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2025 WR Hal PresleyBaylor
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  06/21/21 - Hal PresleyrFr/2025, Baylor, 6-3, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  One of Auburn's most glaring weaknesses entering the 2021 season took a considerable hit earlier this week. The Tigers' wide receiver corps lost a would-be summer addition in three-star signee Hal Presley, who entered the transfer portal on Thursday. Presley came to Auburn after a senior season at Mansfield Summit High in Arlington, Texas in which he posted 32 receptions for 755 yards and 13 touchdowns for an eight-win Jaguars team.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Presley was one of two receivers to sign with Auburn in the 2021 class, the other being three-star Tar'varish Dawson. Presley is the second 2021 signee to leave Auburn before the season, the other being junior college cornerback Kamal Hadden, an early enrollee who has since committed to Tennessee. Presley was by no means guaranteed a starting role at Auburn; his exit stands more as the loss of a piece in the team's unsettled puzzle out wide. - Opelika-Auburn News


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  05/18/21 - Jacob GallSr/2022, Baylor, 6-2, 305 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Jacob Gall, an offensive lineman who played at UB the last four seasons, announced Tuesday that he will transfer to Baylor. Gall is a graduate transfer who will be immediately eligible. Gall played in 33 games in three seasons with the Bulls after he redshirted as a freshman in 2017. He started 20 games at both left guard and right guard in four seasons with the Bulls, including all seven of UB's games in 2020, at left guard. Gall is one of 12 players from UB's 2020 roster to enter the transfer portal after Leipold's departure, and is the first to announce his transfer destination. Quarterback Matt Myers and linebacker Tim Terry withdrew from the transfer portal earlier this month. - Buffalo News

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