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More Bear Blitz Luncheons Announced
11:43 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Baylor head coach Art Briles will be making two appearances in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in July, as announced this week by the Baylor Sports Network. Both events - one in Dallas and one in Fort Worth - will be held Tuesday, July 26.

The Baylor Sports Network will host the Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle) in Fort Worth. Individual tickets are $35 each (with tax) or $30 (with tax) for Baylor Bear Foundation, Linebacker Club, "B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011). Two premium tables of 10 seats are available for $600 each, while four select tables of 10 seats are available for $450 each. To register for the Fort Worth luncheon, sign-up online or call (866) 281-9444 by July 22.

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN LUNCHEON
Date:
Tuesday, July 26
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle), Fort Worth
Cost: Individual tickets are $35; $30 each for Baylor Bear Foundation/Linebacker Club /"B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011); two premium tables of 10 seats available for $600 each; four select tables of 10 seats available for $450 each
Register: Online or by calling (866) 281-9444 by July 22

Later that day, the Baylor Sports Network will host the Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Quorum by the Galleria (14901 Dallas Parkway) in Dallas. Individual tickets are $35 each (with tax) or $30 (with tax) for Baylor Bear Foundation, Linebacker Club, "B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011). Four premium tables of 10 seats are available for $600 each, while six select tables of 10 seats are available for $450 each. To register for the Fort Worth luncheon, sign-up online or call (866) 281-9444 by July 22.

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN DINNER
Date:
Tuesday, July 26
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Marriott Quorum by the Galleria (14901 Dallas Parkway), Dallas
Cost: Individual tickets are $35; $30 each for Baylor Bear Foundation/Linebacker Club /"B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011); four premium tables of 10 seats available for $600 each; six select tables of 10 seats available for $450 each
Register: Online or by calling (866) 281-9444 by July 22

And don't forget about Coach Briles' "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Luncheon July 20 in Houston, hosted by the Touchdown Club of Houston. Check out last week's blog entry for prices and how to register.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Bear Blitz Coaches Caravan in Houston
1:39 P.M., FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

The Baylor Sports Network - in conjuction with the Touchdown Club of Houston - will host Baylor head coach Art Briles in his second 2011 Bear Blitz Coaches Caravan event. The event will be held Wednesday, July 20 (Noon), at J.W. Marriott in the Galleria (5150 Westheimer).

Tickets are $40 each; tickets for Touchdown Club members are $30. Tables (10 seats each) are also available: $400 (regular table); $500 (bronze table sponsorship); $1,000 (silver table sponsorship); $1,500 (gold table sponsorship); and $5,000 (platinum table sponsorship). You can register by calling Neal Farmer, Touchdown Club Executive Director, at (713) 849-9860 or email him at houtdclub@att.net.

The Baylor Bookstore will be present with Official Baylor Gear!

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN LUNCHEON
Date:
Wednesday, July 20
Time: Noon
Location: J.W. Marriott (Houston)
Cost: Tickets are $40; $30 each for Touchdown Club members
Tables (10 seats): $400 (regular table); $500 (bronze table sponsorship); $1,000 (silver table sponsorship); $1,500 (gold table sponsorship); $5,000 (platinum table sponsorship)
Register: Contact Neal Farmer (713-849-9860 or houtdclub@att.net)

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Bills Add Former Baylor Assistant to Personnel Staff
10:42 A.M., FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Congratulations to former Baylor defensive line coach Theo Young, who has joined the Buffalo Bills personnel staff as a scout. He coached tight ends under current Bills General Manager Buddy Nix at Chattanooga in 1992. He also participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Bills in 1996.

Theo has 21 years of college coaching experience and was four-year letterman (1983-86) and two-year starting tight end at Arkansas. He played two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-88). Theo spent three seasons as Baylor's defensive line coach and was a member of the Bears' 2010 Texas Bowl team.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


RG3 Named Texas Football's Player of the Year
2:31 P.M., THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Since 1960, Texas football fans have read Dave Campbell's Texas Football from cover to cover. On Wednesday, the 52nd edition of DCTF hit newsstands to rave reviews from local and state media alike (and if you weren't one of the fortunate ones to pick up the newly-printed magazine Wednesday, you better hurry).

A year after making their first bowl appearance since 1994, preseason expectations continue to rise for the Baylor Bears. Baylor is among 14 teams receiving votes in the Texas Football/FSN Preseason Top 25, coming in at No. 32 overall; the Bears were also tabbed to finish sixth in the Big 12. DCTF's Travis Stewart had this to say about the Bears:

"Strides made on defense - and business as usual on offense - could send Baylor to a second consecutive bowl."

Five Baylor players were named to DCTF's All-Texas College Team. QB Robert Griffin III was named Player of the Year and Best Quarterback, earning first-team honors. Joining RG3 on the All-Texas College first-team offense were IR Kendall Wright and C Philip Blake. WR Josh Gordon and OL Ivory Wade earned second-team recognition.

RG3 and Wright also received praise from DCTF's College Writers' Poll. Gabriel Brooks of the Longview News-Journal and Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News think RG3 has a great shot to be on DCTF's 2012 magazine cover; Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Jimmy Burch tabbed Wright as this year's most underappreciated Texas college player, saying "national TV analysts rarely mention him, but he's an elite playmaker."

So, who's the biggest college star player in Texas right now? According to John Werner of Waco Tribune-Herald and Jack Stallard of Longview News-Journal, it's RG3. Of RG3, Werner said: "There isn't a more dynamic player in Texas...". Stallard said, if he wants to keep that title, RG3 "needs to put up some crazy numbers this season and get the Bears to a big-time bowl game."

If you pick up a copy of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, you need to need the great write-ups on Wright and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. RG3 (offense) and LB Elliot Coffey (defense) picked up DCTF's Preseason MVP honors for Baylor; sophomore and Waco native Ahmad Dixon is projected as Baylor's "Breakout Player" in 2011.

BAYLOR'S ALL-TEXAS COLLEGE TEAM HONORS
Player of the Year/Best Quarterback:
Robert Griffin III
First Team: Robert Griffin III (QB), Kendall Wright (WR), Philip Blake (OL)
Second Team: Josh Gordon (WR), Ivory Wade (OL)
Baylor Preseason MVPs: Robert Griffin III (offense), Elliot Coffey (defense)

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


25 Players Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
11:03 A.M., THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011


Terrance Ganaway was one of 25 football players named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring 2011 semester Wednesday.

A Baylor spring semester-record 277 student-athletes - including a record 56 with perfect 4.0 semester GPAs - were named to the 2011 spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, released Wednesday. Twenty-five (25) of the 277 student-athletes were football players. Among those honored on the spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll: Troy Baker, Krys Buerck, Rhett Butler, Trevor Clemons-Valdez, Taylor Douthit, Derek Epperson, Nick Florence, Terrance Ganaway, Robert Griffin III, Hunter Hightower, Stefan Huber, Jake Jackson, Ahmad Jenkins, Cameron Kaufhold, Logan Lanier, Jeff LePak, Jordan Najvar, Kevin Park, Bryce Petty, Chris Quinn, Keller Reese, Tevin Reese, Matt Ritchey, Michael Valdez and Erik Wolfe.

Fourteen (14) players finished the 2010-11 academic year as members of both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll lists - Baker, Butler, Douthit, Florence, Ganaway, Griffin III, Jackson, Najvar, Park, Perry, Quinn, Ritchey, Valdez and Wolfe. Both Ganaway and RG3 earned their bachelor's degrees in December 2010 and are currently enrolled in graduate school at Baylor.

Wednesday's Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll caps a great year both athletically and academically for the Baylor football program. Here's a complete list of football's academic accomplishments for the 2010-11 year:

TROY BAKER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)
Baylor Academic Excellence award (offense)

ALEX BONILLA
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

KRYS BUERCK
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

CHRIS BUFORD
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

RHETT BUTLER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

TREVOR CLEMONS-VALDEZ
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

TAYLOR DOUTHIT
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

THOMAS DRAPER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

DEREK EPPERSON
Academic All-America, 2nd team (ESPN/CoSIDA)
Academic All-District VI (ESPN/CoSIDA)
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

NICK FLORENCE
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

TERRANCE GANAWAY
Academic All-District VI (ESPN/CoSIDA)
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

TREY GREGORY
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

ROBERT GRIFFIN III
Academic All-District VI (ESPN/CoSIDA)
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

BRYCE HAGER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

HUNTER HIGHTOWER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

STEFAN HUBER
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

JAKE JACKSON
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

AHMAD JENKINS
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

CAMERON KAUFHOLD
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

CHARLES KELLY
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

JOE KORBEL
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)
 

LOGAN LANIER
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

JEFF LEPAK
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

KOLTON LYE
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

CHRIS MCALLISTER
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team

JORDAN NAJVAR
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

KEVIN PARK
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

BEN PARKS
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team

BRYCE PETTY
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

CHRIS QUINN
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

GARRETT RHODES
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

KELLER REESE
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

TEVIN REESE
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring)

MATT RITCHEY
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)
Baylor Academic Excellence award (offense)

ZAC SCOTTON
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)
 

SAM SLEDGE
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

ANDREW SUMPTER
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

BRODY TRAHAN
Academic All-Big 12, 2nd team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

MICHAEL VALDEZ
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

BRAD WILLARD
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall)

ERIK WOLFE
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall, spring)

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Lake to Represent U.S. at Senior World Championship
5:33 P.M., TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011


Former Baylor standout Jordan Lake is among 39 former college football stars to be selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Football Team in the fourth International Federations of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship, which will be held July 8-16 in Austria. USA Football assembles America's national teams in the sport for international competition; USA Football is the sport's national governing body in the United States. National team participation does not affect NCAA eligibility.

Lake concluded his four-year career as the ninth-leading tackler in school history with 324 career total stops. He also ranks seventh all-time with 198 career solo tackles. A member of Baylor's All-Decade Team for 2000-2009, Lake was a three-time All-Big 12 performer by both the league's coaches and AP.

The IFAF Senior World Championship is an eight-nation football tournament held every four years since 1999. Games will be played in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna. Team USA defeated Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Tokyo to win the 2007 tournament, the first installment that included the United States. Prior to America's participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).

Team USA is led by former Northwest Missouri State head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion Mel Tjeerdsma (pronounced "CHURCH-ma"). Six more players will be added to the U.S. roster in the coming weeks. All IFAF Senior World Championship players must be at least 20 years old.

The U.S. is part of Group A along with Australia, Germany and Mexico. Group B includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan. A round-robin schedule in group play determines who will compete for gold and bronze medals.

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE
July 8 - United States vs. Australia (8 a.m. CT)
July 10 - Germany vs. United States (12 p.m. CT)
July 12 - United States vs. Mexico (12 p.m. CT)
July 15 - Bronze Medal Game (12 p.m. CT)
July 16 - Gold Medal Game (12 p.m. CT)

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Trio Named to Inaugural Pony Express Watch List
3:24 P.M., TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011


Baylor's dynamic trio of junior QB Robert Griffin III, senior IR Kendall Wright and junior WR Josh Gordon is among the 48 tandems included on the inaugural Pony Express Watch List released this month. The award, conceived by SMU's legendary "Pony Express" backfield of Craig James and Eric Dickerson, will look at two- and three-player tandems from across the nation, ultimately honoring the combination of whose work ethic, desire, on- and off-the-field leadership and playmaking ability best fuel their team.

The award, voted on by a panel of experts who will form the award's board of directors, will be announced at the conclusion of the 2011 regular season.

The Baylor trio is one of six different duos or trios of Big 12 players on the inaugural Watch List. The other Big 12 schools represented on the list were: Oklahoma (QB Landry Jones, WR Ryan Broyles, WR Kenny Stills), Oklahoma State (QB Brandon Weeden, WR Justin Blackmon), Texas A&M (QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Cyrus Gray, WR JEff Fuller) and a pair of Texas tandems (LB Keenan Robinson, LB Emmanuel Acho, DL Kheeston Randall; and S Christian Scott, S Blake Gideon).

All three Bears have garnered preseason accolades this summer. RG3, who is among several 2011 Heisman Trophy hopefuls, was selected as a third-team All-American by Athlon. Griffin III is also named to first-team All-Big 12 by Athlon and third-team by Phil Steele. Wright hauled in three All-Big 12 honors - second team (Lindy's, Phil Steele) and third team (Athlon). Gordon was an All-Big 12 third-team pick by Phil Steele.

During Baylor's 2010 season in which it ended its 16-year bowl drought, Griffin III, Wright and Gordon each posted some of the best individual offensive seasons in program history. Griffin III became the school's career passing leader, while throwing for a school-record 3,501 yards and 22 TDs. Wright caught a school-record 78 passes for 952 yards with seven TDs; the Pittsburg, Texas, product is projected to conclude his stellar career as Baylor's career leader in receptions and receiving yards. As a sophomore, Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards with seven TDs, including a school-record 94-yard TD pass play from RG3 against Kansas.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Football to Host 'Tackle Hunger With the Bears'
11:15 A.M., MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Baylor football will host `Tackle Hunger With the Bears', Saturday, June 18 at Floyd Casey Stadium beginning at 9 a.m.

Several Baylor players and coaches will be on hand for the special event, which will include competitions, inflatables and face painting. The event is open to all boys and girls ages up to 8th grade. Entry for the event is three non-perishable items which will be donated to the Gospel Café, a local food ministry in Waco.

Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the event wrapping up at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.


Bear Blitz Coaches Caravan
11:33 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

The Baylor Sports Network - in conjuction with the San Antonio Quarterback Club - will host Baylor head coach Art Briles in his first 2011 Bear Blitz Coaches Caravan event. The event, which is the only appearance in the greater San Antonio/Austin area before the start of the season, will be held Monday, June 13 (Noon), at Earl Abel's Restaurant (1201 Austin Highway, San Antonio).

Tickets are $30 each (with tax) and you pay at the door. You can register by calling Rodney Hayden at (830) 491-1396 or email him at sanantonioqbclub@gmail.com by June 10.

The Baylor Bookstore will be present with Official Baylor Gear!

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN LUNCHEON
Date:
Monday, June 13
Time: Noon
Location: Earl Abel's Restaurant (San Antonio)
Parking: Available
Cost: Tickets are $30 with tax; pay at the door
Register: Contact Rodney Hayden (830-491-1396 or sanantonioqbclub@gmail.com) by June 10 

Later that same week, The Baylor Sports Network is hosting the 2011 "Extra Point Luncheon" in San Angelo with new defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. The luncheon will be held Thursday, June 16, at Blanek's Village Cafe. Tickets are still available and you have until June 14 to register.

2011 "EXTRA POINT LUNCHEON"
Date:
Thursday, June 16
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Blanek's Village Cafe (San Angelo) 
Cost: Individual tickets are $20; Baylor Bear Foundation/Linebacker/"B" Association Members/2006-2011 Graduates are $15; select tables of 10 are $300 each (tax included)
Register: Online or call 866-281-9444 by June 14

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).

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