Epperson Receives First Preseason All-America Nod
Baylor punter Derek Epperson received his first preseason All-America honor this week, when NationalChamps.net website projected him a 2010 second-team All-American. Epperson, who will be a senior this fall, was a first-team All-Big 12 punter as a junior in 2009 and received honorable mention All-America nods.
FOX Sports Southwest will telecast a 30-minute special highlighting Baylor's spring football scrimmage and previewing the 2010 Bears season Wed., April 28, at 11:30 p.m. as part of the network's annual Spring Football Tour.
The programs include behind-the-scenes, all-access highlights from the school's spring game, in-depth analysis by the coaching staff, and feature stories and players who are expected to make an impact in 2010. After Wednesday's original telecast, FSSW will re-air the Baylor Spring Football Show: May 11 (2 p.m.), May 29 (4 p.m.), June 1 (1:30 p.m.), June 4 (4 p.m.) and June 14 (6 p.m.).
FOX Sports Southwest is available to cable and satellite TV customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of New Mexico. Satellite TV viewers living outside the Southwest region can watch FSSW on DirecTV channel 677 and Dish Network channel 416.
Two Baylor players were drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, All-American center J.D. Walton in the third round by the Denver Broncos, and All-Big 12 receiver David Gettis in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers. Three other former Bears signed free agent contracts following the draft, and several others are planning to attend minicamps this weekend with various NFL teams. Below is a listing of Baylor's NFL hopefuls:
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT SIGNEES:
UNDRAFTED ROOKIES ATTENDING MINICAMPS:
RIVALS.COM: Joe Pawelek was included on Rivals.com's All-Undrafted Team, released Tuesday.
With the conclusion of spring drills last week and the 2010 NFL Draft right around the corner, all attention now turns to several former Baylor Bears pursuing a career in the pros.
All-America center J.D. Walton and receiver David Gettis both took time out of their day Wednesday afternoon to meet with members of the local media to discuss the NFL Draft that will take place next week, April 22-24, in New York.
Walton and Gettis both took part in the NFL Combine last month in Indianapolis. A finalist for the 2009 Rimington Trophy, Walton is the No. 2-rated NFL Draft prospect at the center position among seniors by ESPN's Mel Kiper.
Joe Pawelek, Jordan Lake, Jason Lamb and Carter Brunelle are just a few more former Baylor players looking to make the leap to the professional ranks.
Check out below what some NFL draft experts and mock draft websites are saying about the former Baylor stars:
Hunter Ansley - DraftZoo.com
Carlos Holmes - Dayton Daily News
Vito Stellino - The Florida Times-Union
Michael Abromowitz - The Football Expert
Brad Keller - ColtPower.com (subscription required)
After six seasons in the NFL, former Baylor letterwinner Mark Adickes made a smooth transition from the football field to the operating room. Now Adickes is trying his hand in front of the camera.
Adickes, a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and current co-medical director of the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, will host a weekly show, Athlete 360 to begin airing nationally on Fox Sports Net April 12.
Athlete 360, which first aired locally in Houston, is a 30-minute program examining various aspects of sports medicine and featuring the stories of athletes such as Dikembe Mutombo, Mark Schlereth and Kevin Everett. Adickes and Athlete 360 were also recently featured in USA Today.
The full TV broadcast schedule for Athlete 360 can be found HERE.
1) You are moving to center this season, what is like to change positions?
2) Is the switch to center a tough adjustment?
3) Have you had any experience playing center prior to this spring?
4) How has the line improved during the offseason?
5) How important is it to have a guy like Robert T. Griffin transfer into Baylor and join the offensive line?
The Bears scrimmaged Thursday to wrap up week three of Spring Drills, before breaking with the rest of campus for Easter weekend. Below is a look at some photos from Thursday's scrimmage...
Redshirt freshman quarterback Brody Trahan throws from the pocket.
Sophomore tight end Jerod Monk makes a one-handed TD catch.
Linebackers LeQuince McCall and Antonio Johnson.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Florence.
Defensive coordinator Brian Norwood instructs freshman safety Prince Kent.
Junior receiver Kendall Wright evades Antonio Johnson.
Head coach Art Briles.
Junior running back Isaac Williams and sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III share a laugh.
Redshirt freshman receiver Darius Jones.
Junior running back Terrance Ganaway scores on a short run.