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Norwood Joins List of Footballers Playing Hoops
10:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Baylor freshman wide receiver Levi Norwood (who redshirted the 2010 football season), joined the men's basketball team following the football season and last night saw his first action of the 2010-11 season. In a 64-50 non-conference win over Wayland Baptist, Norwood played two minutes and scored one point on a free throw. 

Norwood's participation in basketball is not unprecedented in recent Baylor history. Since the arrival of Scott Drew in 2003, Norwood is the fourth scholarship football player to suit up for the basketball Bears. Below is the list of the three others (including a current teammate of Norwood on the receiver corp):

 

  • Joe Simmons, DL - Played 5 games in 2003-04 season.
  • Carl Sims, WR - Played 10 games in 2005-06 and two games in 2006-07 seasons.
  • Kendall Wright, WR - Played 13 games in 2008-09 season.

Welcome To Baylor's Newcomers
3:45 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011 

Signing Day has come and gone and Baylor's 2011 signing class consists of 19 players, four early enrollees and 15 student-athletes expected to join the program this summer. You can view video of Coach Briles' signing day press conference here, and you can view video clips of all 19 newcomers here.

[Above, Trinity senior defensive lineman Suleiman Masumbuko signs his NLI to play for Baylor. Photo courtesy of Mark Rogers, Dallas Morning News.]

Below are a few media articles on Baylor signees:

- The Amarillo Globe-News published a great article on incoming offensive lineman LaQuan McGowan, who prepped at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Amarillo.


[photo courtesy of Stephen Spillman of Amarillo Globe-News]

- The Houston High School Sports Examiner wrote about Cypress Creek running back Jermichael Selders signing with the Bears.

- The Waco Tribune-Herald (online viewing requires a subscription) posted an article about Midway linebacker Beau Blackshear signing with his hometown Bears.


[photo courtesy of Rod Aydelotte of Waco Tribune-Herald]


Watkins Interview on ESPN First Take

11:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011 

Future NFL draftee Danny Watkins was interviewed in a feature on ESPN's First Take yesterday (Feb. 8, 2011) in which he discussed the upcoming draft and his background as a fire fighter. You can watch the archived video here:


Finley & Epperson to Play in Texas vs. Nation Game
9:45 A.M., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Baylor running back Jay Finley and punter Derek Epperson will both participate in Saturday's NFL Players Association Game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. in San Antonio's Alamodome and will televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Both will play on Team Texas, which will face a squad of college seniors from around the nation.

Team Texas features student-athletes who are either originally from Texas or who played their college football in the state. Epperson, a native of Southlake, Texas, and Finley, who is from Corsicana, Texas, will be the fifth and sixth former Bears to play in the game.

Derek Epperson

In the game's five-year history, 404 participants have gone on to sign NFL contracts. The inaugural Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game in 2007 saw 79 players go on to the professional ranks. Former quarterback Shawn Bell, running back Paul Mosley and wide receiver Trent Shelton were on the Team Texas roster for the first game. Bell didn't play due to injury, but Mosley was named the game's Outstanding Offensive Player.

In 2009, wide receiver David Gettis and free safety Jordan Lake played on Team Texas. Out of the 119 players who played in the 2009 game, 111 (93%) went on the sign NFL contracts, including Gettis, who was a fourth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Draft.

Players reported to San Antonio on Monday. The first day featured meetings with teams and scouts, as well as NFL Testing, including the Wonderlic. Practices and tests have continued throughout the week, in additon to NFLPA meetings and HRT/Troutwine Testing.

Epperson, a four-year letterwinner, was a second-team All-Big 12 selection, Campbell Trophy semifinalist and second-team Academic All-American in 2010. During his Baylor career, Epperson was a three-time All-Big 12 selection, an honorable mention All-American and three-time member of the Ray Guy Award watch list, including 2008 when he was a semifinalist.

Epperson finished his Baylor career ranked third in program history in punting average (42.74), punting yardage (9,574) and career punts (224), turning in three of the 10 best single-season punting averages all-time at Baylor. ESPN's Mel Kiper rates him as the No. 4 senior punter in this year's NFL Draft.

Finley was named second-team All-Big 12 by a trio of newspapers after breaking the Baylor single-season rushing yardage record with 1,218 yards. His 12 rushing TDs in 2010 were the most by a Baylor back since 1974. The fifth-year running back finished his Baylor career ranked third in program history with 2,660 career rushing yards and 10th with 150 career points scored.

Finley and Epperson are the fifth and sixth members of Baylor's 2010 team to participate in postseason all-star games. Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor both played in the Under Armour Senior Bowl, and Brad Taylor and Tim Atchison participated in the inaugural Eastham Energy College All Star Game.

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