Five Questions With Lanear Sampson
4:15 P.M., TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010
1) We are nearly half-way through with spring drills, what are your thoughts on how everything has gone so far?
"It has been good. We lost a few seniors last year so we are getting their replacements in, working hard and trying to be a better team this year."
2) How do you see yourself stepping up this season?
"We lost two senior receivers and I just have to step up now because they are gone. Kendall (Wright) has had more playing time than me, but I am right behind him as far as games played."
3) How important is it to have Robert Griffin throwing to you again?
"It is good. You know how he is and how much we need him on this team and just getting him back in the rhythm. Just catching the ball from him is good."
4) How has the receiving core improved during the offseason?
"I feel that we are getting better as a receiving core. We lost two great senior receivers but we have some young guys that are ready to step up and make plays. We will do what we have to do to become bowl eligible this season."
5) What is it like to work with Coach Briles?
"It is great working with Coach Briles. Anytime you get the chance to work with Coach Briles, I don't see why you wouldn't. He is great (to work with) and his offense is great. It fits us very well."
TCU Game To Be Televised On Versus HD
9:45 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
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.
Five Questions With Chris Francis
4:35 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
1) With the loss of Joe Pawelek and Antonio Jones, how do you see the linebacker position shaping up?
"We have a lot of young guys coming in. Myself, Antonio Johnson and Earl Patin, we've been here for four years and we are ready to play. I think we will be alright this season."
2) How have the young guys grown with a season under the belts?
"They have grown a lot. Chris (McAllister) is big. He is huge. He has grown a lot as far as the linebacker position goes."
3) How has the defense improved over the offseason?
"There is a lot more speed out there on defense. It is a lot different than what I have been seeing at Baylor and I'm so excited to start this season."
4) I see that you are drinking spinach water, any particular reason why?
"Coach Kaz just has me on a nutrition thing. It just started one day when I was drinking water and I thought I should eat a salad. I just ended up putting some salad in my water with the dressing. It is just straight spinach. I know it's nutritional so I know it's going to help me."
5) With the spring game approaching, what thoughts do you have on that and the upcoming season?
"I think everybody is on the same page, just loving each other and knowing that you are playing not just for yourself, but for your teammates, the coaches and this University. When you put all of that together, nobody can stop us."
Five Questions With Bryce Petty
Six scholarship newcomers are entering their second week of spring practice dawning the green and gold for the Baylor football team.
3:20 P.M., THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010
'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?
"The biggest transition is the speed for sure and the size of the guys as well. My high school offensive line averaged 5'10, maybe 210 pounds, so I was bigger than my entire line. (At Baylor) I am probably one of the smallest guys out here. The speed and the size has been a huge difference."
2) What was it about Coach Briles that made you want to come to Baylor?
"I love him. He is a great guy and a great coach. He is not a guy that is for the business part of it - he is for you and he is here to help you out as a person and a player. That is why I want to come out here every day and do what I do."
3) What are three words to describe spring drills?
"Really, really entertaining."
4) What was it like to be a gray-shirt last season and being forced to watch from the stands, rather than the sidelines?
"I hated it. I have been such a competitive guy all of my life. Anytime I sat down on the bench or sat out it was really hard for me. Sitting back and watching was just hard. Doing that just gives me that much more of a drive to come out here and show them what I can do."
5) What is like to be the rookie quarterback in a pool of talented signal callers?
"It's Big 12 football so you are going to have competition every day. That is why I love this game because it is a competition every day. Nobody has this spot or that spot - everybody is pushing to become better. That is what we do; we push each other to become better every day. It is just get out here, have fun and do what you do."
Changes To Spring Dates
2:30 P.M., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010
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.
Spring Enters Second Week
5:30 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010
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:
"We are getting excited and ready to get back on the field. We had a few receivers who could have been playing last year but they were just behind people that were playing, like Terrance Williams and Josh Gordon so they are really good. They have a big position battle over there right now, we got to figure a way to get them on the field and get the ball up to them."
"We had to fill some holes, but the players that we filled them with are not going to miss a beat. They can't miss a beat. They have some big shoes to fill."
"Everyone is really excited (this spring). Everyone is talking about (Robert Griffin III) coming back, we have been tracking his progress and he is looking really good.
"We have a few new (linemen) out here, they are going to be a huge impact for us. Just in the last few days in pads it's been a huge learning curve for them. Who we up front right now we aren't concerned about skill-wise, it's just about getting familiar with plays and getting comfortable with signals. I remember when I got here last year and it was a whirlwind for me; I feel for them"
TERRANCE GANAWAY: "Definitely we are more energetic (this spring)."
Spring Drills Underway
11:00 P.M., FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
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.
Other articles of note from the start of spring drills include a preview from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Baylor's goals in spring by Dwain Price) and ESPN.com's "Why not Baylor?" by Ubben.
Spring Is Here
9:30 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010
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:
Scouts From 16 NFL Teams Attend Baylor Pro Day
6:05 P.M., THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010
Scouts from 16 NFL teams were on the Baylor campus all day Thursday as the Bears held its annual Pro Day at the Simpson Center and Allison Indoor Practice Facility.
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
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
New York Jets
Walton & Gettis at NFL Scouting Combine
3:15 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010
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.
A COUPLE OF BLOG POSTS ON WALTON: From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, click here; and Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman, 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):