Robert Griffin III will be featured in the fall issue of NCAA Champion Magazine. The article, written by Baylor graduate and Big Spring native David Pickle '74, the executive editor fo Champion, will focus on RG3's academics and the speed with which he is completing his course work. RG3 will also appear on the cover.
Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III was named to Rivals.com's All-Comeback Team, a 22-man starting lineup - 11 on offense, 11 on defense - of players who missed at least half their team's games last season. Here's what Rivals.com's Steve Megargee had to say about RG3:
"One of the nation's most exciting dual-threat quarterbacks, Griffin has thrown for 2,572 yards and rushed for 920 yards in 15 career games. He also has a sparkling 19-3 TD-INT ratio. Griffin threw 15 TD passes and ran for 13 more scores as a freshman in 2008. He was performing at a similar level last season before (injuring) his right knee in the third game of the season. Griffin rejoined the team for non-contact drills this spring and has three years of eligibility left."
Baylor senior punter Derek Epperson has been named to the 2010 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, chosen by media members who cover the conference.
Epperson, who was named first-team All-Big 12 following the 2009 season, enters his senior season with a career average of 42.4 yards per punt, which ranks fourth all-time in program history. He's also tied for fifth in Baylor history with 38 punts of 50 or more yards, and 39 of his punts have been inside the 20-yard line.
A native of Southlake, Texas, Epperson has played in each of Baylor's 36 games since the 2007 season. He's a two-time all-Big 12 selection, and in 2009 he earned honorable mention All-America honors after ranking sixth nationally with an average punt of 44.81 yards. Epperson has also been named to the Ray Guy Award watch list in each of the last two seasons, and he was named a semi-finalist in 2008.
Also a strong student, Epperson has twice been named Academic All-Big 12, and he is a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
For the complete Media Preseason All-Big 12 Teams, CLICK HERE.
Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III is among 112 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
The Good Works Team was created to honor college football players who stand out for the positive influence they have in their communities. The 112 student-athletes on the list of nominees are the most ever in the 19-year history of the award.
A voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members is responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams - one from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), and the other representing players from all other NCAA and NAIA classifications. The two teams will be announced in September.
ESPN.com will launch a web site featuring photos and profiles of the final 22 award recipients, and for the first time in the program's history, fans will be able to vote for a team captain on ESPN.com.
Griffin is among 57 student-athletes eligible to be named to the Good Works Team representing the Football Bowl Subdivision. A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Griffin was previously selected as Baylor's representative on the 2009 Fall Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions, an honor based on academics, community service and leadership/sportsmanship. Entering the 2010 season, Griffin has been named to the Manning Award and O'Brien Award Watch Lists.
For more on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, CLICK HERE.
NFL Update, Perusing The Media Clips
NFL draftee David Gettis, a third-round pick who signed with the Carolina Panthers last month, was featured in a Panthers.com article "David Gettis Gears Up for Big Year" earlier this month. In June, Greg Jones wrote about Gettis bringing momentum to the Panthers' OTAs.
Another former Bears receiver and NFL hopeful in San Diego, Ernest Smith, was the subject of a feature on Chargers.com earlier this month.
Sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III was featured in a recent SI.com article by Cory McCartney titled "Healthy Robert Griffin looking to lead Baylor to Promised Land." RG3's return to the field this fall was also the subject of a Baylor Magazine feature this summer. In June, ESPN.com's blog rated Griffin the 10th best player in the Big 12. That's their opinion.
Junior defensive lineman Zac Scotton got some pub this week in his hometown Champions Sun newspaper. Read Michael Sudhalter's article "Scotton, Bears hungry for a bowl game."
RV PARKING | TICKET INFORMATION
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We took a look last month at what Athlon and Lindy's had to say about the 2010 Bears, here are some excerpts from three more 2010 preseason college football preview magazines, Sporting News, YAHOO! Sports and Phil Steele (sneak preview of Steele's Baylor honorees):
SPORTING NEWS 2010 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
YAHOO! SPORTS 2010 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
PHIL STEELE 2010 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Former Baylor All-American and current St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith and senior Baylor offensive tackle Danny Watkins were the subject of an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot Tuesday inside the Jay & Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility. The upcoming article in ESPN The Magazine centers around NFL players like Smith returning to their college campuses during the offseason.
Former Baylor All-American center J.D. Walton, a third-round draft pick of the Broncos, has signed a contract with Denver. A newspaper report published Tuesday in the Colorado Springs Gazette speculated that Walton may be the first Broncos rookie center to start for the squad since the merger in 1970. Best of luck J.D.
Steady in Big 12 Conference / Updates
Now that all speculation surrounding conference realignment is settled and the Big 12 is moving forward as a 10-team league, Baylor Football can get back to the task at hand - prepping for the 2010 season and its Sept. 4 season-opener vs. Sam Houston State. But before we leave the topic behind, here's a quick quote and two links:
- Here's what Head Coach Art Briles told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday about the Texas schools staying aligned in the Big 12 Conference: "I'm a native Texan, I've lived here all my life, football's been all my life, and I'm glad that the people in control [of the Big 12] made sure they did what's best for the state of Texas, the people of Texas and the southwest part of the United States. And for Baylor University, it's a great day to be a Baylor Bear, without a doubt."
- The Killeen Daily Herald ran a piece on local product Robert Griffin III titled "Baylor's Griffin relieved Big 12's problems resolved."
- If you never got a chance to see the Baylor Nation website promoting the positives Baylor Athletics provides, check it out.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES: There's an updated photo gallery linked from the front page of BaylorBears.com documenting the construction update of both the turf reinstallation at Floyd Casey Stadium and the resurfacing of the Highers "Drill Field" adjacent to the practice fields.
KICKOFF TIMES: With Wednesday's announcment of 6 p.m. CDT kickoff times for Baylor first two games of the season (vs. Sam Houston State Sept. 4 and vs. Buffalo Sept. 11 on FCS) all four non-conference games are now set. Previously announced were road games at TCU (Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. on VersusHD) and at Rice (Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. on CBSC).
Former Baylor wide receiver David Gettis has signed a contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, according to Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald. Gettis, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., was selected by the Panthers in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April.
Playing for the Panthers will be a homecoming of sorts for Gettis, who was born in Cherry Point, N.C., where he lived until he was three years old. In his senior season at Baylor in 2009, Gettis was second on the team with 52 catches for 675 yards (13.0-yard average) and was named Baylor's Co-Offensive MVP. For his career, he finished with 116 receptions for 1,455 yards (12.5-yard average) and four TDs.
Baylor football signee Tyrell Jenkins, who also stars in baseball, was drafted with the final pick (50th overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball's compensatory round by the St. Louis Cardinals Monday. Known as the "sandwich round" between rounds 1 and 2, compensatory selections are awarded to teams when they lose a free agent. Former Baylor pitcher Aaron Miller was a compensatory selection last year by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jenkins signed with Baylor as a quarterback in February. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound three-sport star threw for 1,095 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in 2009. In baseball, the pitcher is described as having an above-average major-league fastball already to go with a solid breaking ball and change-up.