1) We are nearly half-way through with spring drills, what are your thoughts on how everything has gone so far?
2) How do you see yourself stepping up this season?
3) How important is it to have Robert Griffin throwing to you again?
4) How has the receiving core improved during the offseason?
5) What is it like to work with Coach Briles?
In what will be the first of many television announcements for Baylor football games this fall, the Mountain West Conference today announced that Baylor at TCU contest Sept. 18 will be televised on Versus HD from Fort Worth. Kickoff for Baylor's third game of the season is set for 3:30 p.m. CT.
1) With the loss of Joe Pawelek and Antonio Jones, how do you see the linebacker position shaping up?
2) How have the young guys grown with a season under the belts?
3) How has the defense improved over the offseason?
4) I see that you are drinking spinach water, any particular reason why?
5) With the spring game approaching, what thoughts do you have on that and the upcoming season?
'This is Bear Country' caught up with freshman quarterback Bryce Petty and asked him to help us out with a segment we call 'Five Questions'. Here's a look at some of Petty's answers:
1) What has been the biggest transition from high school football to the college game?
2) What was it about Coach Briles that made you want to come to Baylor?
3) What are three words to describe spring drills?
4) What was it like to be a gray-shirt last season and being forced to watch from the stands, rather than the sidelines?
5) What is like to be the rookie quarterback in a pool of talented signal callers?
Some changes have been made to upcoming dates of spring workouts. The Bears practiced yesterday and will not take the field today. They are schedule to workout Thursday and Saturday this week (there will be no practice Friday, the day Baylor's men's basketball team faces St. Mary's in the NCAA Sweet 16).
Next week the Bears will practice Monday (March 29), Tuesday (March 30) and Thursday (April 1) before taking Easter weekend off. The entire remaining spring schedule is below:
REMAINING SPRING SCHEDULE: March 25, 27, 29, 30, April 1, 6, 8, 9 and 10. Spring drills will conclude Saturday, April 10, with Baylor's Spring Game presented by Time Warner Cable on the Highers Complex practice fields behind the Simpson Center.
Coach Briles and his squad entered their second week of spring drills this afternoon on a beautiful day on the banks of the Brazos River at the Highers Complex fields behind the Simpson Athletic Center. More than 90 players took part in the fifth day of the spring, and we took the opportunity to speak to a handfull of them:
TERRANCE GANAWAY: "Definitely we are more energetic (this spring)."
Spring Drills Underway
The third spring under head coach Art Briles opened Tuesday, and the first of four weeks of workouts is almost in the books. [SPRING ROSTER HERE]
Though his participation is limited this spring, sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III remains the most-discussed Bear of the spring, at least in media circles. Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald (Griffin returns to field for spring practice) and David Ubben of ESPN.com (Griffin's return bring energy back to Baylor) both wrote articles focused on RG3.
Spring Is Here
With Pro Day in the rear-view mirror, the unofficial start of the 2010 season comes Tuesday, when Baylor opens spring drills. Head coach Art Briles will put approximately 100 Bears through four weeks of practice in preparation for the 2010 season.
Here are two recent SPRING PREVIEWS of Baylor football, from national sports writers:
The day started at 9 a.m. this morning as scouts were able to review film of each player in the team meeting room. Following film, scouts had three separate Q&A sessions. One with Kaz Kazadi and the Baylor athletic performance staff. NFL scouts then got to question each player's position coach, followed by a Q&A with head athletic trainer Mike Sims.
After height and weight measurements, 11 of the 13 Baylor players went through all nine drills and tests; vertical jump, bench press, broad jump, 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, position specific drills and the wonderlic test.
J.D. Walton and David Gettis, who both attended the NFL Combine last week in Indianapolis, limited their participation in drills. Walton also participated in position specific drills for the scouts, while Gettis ran the 40-yard dash as well as participated in wide receiver drills. Gettis' improved on his 40-yard dash time of 4.47 and 4.49 run during the NFL Combine, running a 4.38 during Thursday's workout.
Sanders' time of 4.36 was the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day. Trey Bryant also had a strong showing with a 4.86 during the 40-yard dash and posted a personal-best 31 inches on the vertical jump.
BAYLOR PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN PRO DAY
NFL TEAMS IN ATTENDANCE
Walton & Gettis at NFL Scouting Combine
Baylor's J.D. Walton and David Gettis took part in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this weekend, here are some notes & quotes from media covering the event:
QUOTE ON WALTON: From Wes Bunting of the National Football Post: "The one word that kept popping up during Baylor offensive lineman J.D. Walton's interview was "leader." ... Physically, Walton has the ability to be an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme and grades out as a potential starter in the NFL. But after listening to him, he seems like someone who will bring more to a team than just his physical skill set."
GOOD INTERVIEW WITH WALTON: From Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com, click here.
QUOTE ON GETTIS: From Chris Maier of Bleacher Report: "Has good combination of size and athleticism. Had a strong all-around workout."
GETTIS MEASURABLE: David recorded the third-best broad jump among receivers at the combine, with a 10'4".
EVEN A TWITPIC OF WALTON ADDRESSING MEDIA (courtesy of @Denver_Broncos):