Epperson Receives First Preseason All-America Nod
3:30 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
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 to Air Baylor Spring Football Show
4:17 P.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
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.
Wrapping Up NFL Draft & Undrafted Hopefuls
2:05 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
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:
- J.D. WALTON, drafted by Denver, 80th overall pick, third round [Broncos bio] [Audio]
- DAVID GETTIS, drafted by Carolina, 198th overall pick, sixth round [article in Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT SIGNEES:
UNDRAFTED ROOKIES ATTENDING MINICAMPS:
- CARTER BRUNELLE, LS, attending Green Bay Packers minicamp
- TREY BRYANT, DT, attending St. Louis Rams minicamp
- ANTONIO JONES, LB, attending St. Louis Rams minicamp
- JORDAN LAKE, S, attending Detroit Lions minicamp
- JONATHAN WEEKS, LS, tryout with Houston Texans
RIVALS.COM: Joe Pawelek was included on Rivals.com's All-Undrafted Team, released Tuesday.
The NFL Draft is Fast Approaching
3:25 P.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
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
"I think Baylor could really put together a nice class of prospects. Even if there are only three of them likely to get drafted. JD Walton is the number two center in my mind. He's got a shot to go in round two to a team like Arizona or Minnesota. David Gettis is an intriguing option at wideout. He's as raw as they come, but his potential will get him paid. Tough to overlook a 6-03 217 guy with low 4.4 speed... And Joe Pawelek could get a late call."
Carlos Holmes - Dayton Daily News
"The Cincinnati Bengals will be searching for a big target receiver in the late rounds of the draft. Baylor wide receiver David Gettis, a former track athlete, has the size and speed the team desire. I'm hearing from inside sources that the player is one who the Bengals will be keeping an eye on."
Vito Stellino - The Florida Times-Union
"From top to bottom, the 2010 class of offensive linemen is one of the biggest and most athletic in recent years. Teams will likely grab as many as 13 offensive linemen in the first two rounds. Needing depth at center and guard, the Jags have shown interest in Baylor's J.D. Walton and Indiana's Rodger Saffold. Look for the club to bolster the offensive line at some point in the draft."
Michael Abromowitz - The Football Expert
Predicts Walton as a second round pick to Denver. "The Broncos need to bolster their interior line and take center J.D. Walton to replace Casey Wiegmann."
Brad Keller - ColtPower.com (subscription required)
Middle linebacker Joe Pawelek could likely slide to the Colts since he is undersized to play the position at 6-foot-2 and 225 poinds, but he is just the right size for their Cover 2 scheme."
Former FB Letterwinner to Host Nationally Televised Show
3:45 P.M., MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
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.
Five Questions With Philip Blake
3:15 P.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
1) You are moving to center this season, what is like to change positions?
"It is a totally different role and completely different perspective on the field. I have the ball in my hand and the first thing that I have to get use to is snapping the ball to whoever is back there at quarterback. That is one thing that I have to get familiar with."
2) Is the switch to center a tough adjustment?
"It's not really a tough adjustment because I have played around snapping the ball a little. However, I need to stay more consistent."
3) Have you had any experience playing center prior to this spring?
"I played two games at a prep school in Canada and that's about it. Right now, J.D. (Walton) has been helping me and telling me what to do, what steps to take and whether or not what I am doing is right."
4) How has the line improved during the offseason?
"It is a lot better in terms of chemistry. Last year I was trying to get familiar with the guys. We have one new guy on the line right now and that is Robert Griffin. (It is good to have him in spring drills) right now so that I can get use to him so we can work together."
5) How important is it to have a guy like Robert T. Griffin transfer into Baylor and join the offensive line?
"It is pretty big, I am not going to lie. He is real big beside me and he helps me out on double-teams and makes me look good."
Bears Break For Easter / Intrasquad Scrimmage Pics
11:00 A.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
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.