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Spring Drills In Third Week / ESPN T-Shirt Honors
4:00 P.M., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

Week Three of Baylor's 2011 Spring Drills continues this week (Week Two concluded with a scrimmage last Saturday, read recap and view video highlights here) and excitement is high about the progress being made by Coach Briles and squad.

2010 ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY HONORS: Rob Griffin (below right) and Byron Landor (below left) stopped by the Athletic Communications office recently to pick up t-shirts and congratulatory letters that had been sent from ESPN for "Helmet Sticker" honors bestowed on the players (as well as tailback Jay Finley, not pictured) during the 2010 season. The shirts are signed by the College Gameday crew, Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May. Below is a listing of the Baylor trio's Helmet Sticker games in 2010:

  • Griffin III earned a sticker from Mark May following his record-setting performance in a 55-7 win over Kansas Oct. 2. RG3 threw for a then-career-high 380 yards and totaled a school-record 444 yards of total offense.
  • Finley earned a sticker from Rece Davis following his school-record rushing performance in a 47-42 win over Kansas State Oct. 23. Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards and two TDs.
  • Landor earned a sticker from Lou Holtz following a 15-tackle performance in Baylor's 30-22 road win at Texas Oct. 30. Landor made a team-high 15 stops and two PBUs.


Spring Break / Sepulveda Speaks at Chapel
11:45 A.M., MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Baylor has the week off due to Spring Break this week on campus, the squad practiced last Thursday and will resume next Tuesday the 15th with its fourth practice date of Spring Drills.

Below is a video link of former Baylor All-America and current Pittsburgh Steeler punter Daniel Sepulveda, who was on campus and spoke at Chapel on Feb. 28, 2011. He gave testimony of being injured towards the end of the Steelers' 2011 Super Bowl season and the crisis of his identity in Christ. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO.


2010 Team Awards Announced
11:30 A.M., FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011

Baylor Football announced it's team awards and presented them to the student-athletes Thursday night at the Simpson Center. Below is a complete listing of the 2010 award winners, congratulations men:

- Co-Offensive Bear Squad Award: Jordan Najvar & Tim Smith

- Co-Defensive Bear Squad Award: T.C. Robinson & Courtney Green

- Off-Season MVP: Chance Casey

- Academic Excellence Award (Offense): Troy Baker

- Academic Excellence Award (Defense): Matt Ritchey

- Kyle Woods Inspirational Leader Award: Mikail Baker & Robert Griffin III

- Co-Special Teams MVPs: Derek Epperson & Antonio Johnson

- Co-Defensive MVPs: Byron Landor & Phil Taylor

- Co-Offensive MVPs: Danny Watkins & Jay Finley


Several Former Bears Impressive at Baylor Pro Day
5:09 P.M., THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

Photo Gallery | Video Recap

With offensive lineman Danny Watkins and defensive tackle Phil Taylor both expected to be taken in the first two rounds of the April 28-30 NFL Draft, a total of 33 scouts representing 23 teams were on hand for Baylor's Pro Day on Thursday.

While Watkins and Taylor skipped most of the testing after attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the rest of Baylor's players were put through a battery of tests that included the 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, 60-yard shuttle, 5-10-5 shuttle and 3-cone drill.

"It's tiring, a lot of emotions, really more mentally than physically," said cornerback/kick returner Mikail Baker, who posted the fastest 40-yard dash time in the mid 4.3 range. "I'm just hoping to get in one of these camps and show what I can do."

The players were also measured for height, weight and even hand size and tested on their vertical and horizontal leaping ability. At the end of the day, the players also went through position drills, where Watkins and Taylor both got looks from a number of teams.

"It was just technique stuff, just to see how quickly I am able to pick up their technique that they use," Watkins said. "They just wanted to see if I was able to get that down."

Among the other players, safety Byron Landor was one of the standouts in the defensive back drills, coming up with a couple diving catches.

"I don't know where those hands came from. Those were not my hands," Landor said. "I love on the DB drills. I'll tell every scout every day, `If you want to make a choice to go get something to eat when I'm doing 3-cone drills or when I'm doing DB drills, you might want to go during the 3-cone drill. Coming through the (junior college) route, I never really did much 3-cone or 5-cone or 5-10-5. It was just go out there and play football."

Also working out for the Baylor Pro Day were running back Jay Finley, tight end Brad Taylor, receiver/cornerback Krys Buerck, linebackers Chris Francis and Antonio Johnson, defensive backs Tim Atchison, Cliff Odom and Ahmad Jenkins, offensive/defensive lineman Courtney Green and punter Derek Epperson.

Former All-American safety Jordan Lake, who's added about 20 pounds, also went through the Pro Day workout and is trying to latch on with a team as an outside linebacker. But he suffered a pulled left hamstring during the 40-yard dash.

Among the scouts in attendance were former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Cornell Green with the Denver Broncos; and former Baylor assistant coach Wes Phillips, who is now the Cowboys' assistant offensive line coach.


Taylor & Watkins Impress at NFL Combine
10:00 A.M., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Former Baylor linemen Phil Taylor (NG) and Danny Watkins (OL) followed up their impressive showings at the 2011 Senior Bowl with good performances at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine that wrapped earlier this week in Indianapolis.

SI.com labeled Watkins a combine "riser" and said: "Watkins capitalized on a solid Senior Bowl performance with a good combine workout as he continues to move north on draft boards."

ESPN.com wrote this about Taylor: "...a highly regarded two-gap nose tackle prospect displayed very impressive agility and mobility."

Numbers-wise, Taylor totaled 31 reps in the bench press, 12th-best total overall at the combine and sixth among defensive linemen. Watkins pressed 29 reps, ninth among the offensive linemen.


Spring Has Sprung, We're Two Days Into Spring Drills
8:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Baylor Spring Drills kicked off Monday with Coach Briles putting his squad through an afternoon practice at the Highers Complex practice fields, if you missed it, a video recap is below. Also a PHOTO GALLERY HERE.

Tuesday the Bears went through workout number two of the 15-practice spring session. Here are some pics of Day Two:

PHOTOS [top left] Ahmad Dixon runs onto the practice fields; [top right] QBs Bryce Petty, Nick Florence and Robert Griffin III warm up; [bottom left] The running backs warm up; [bottom right] Future NFL draftee Phil Taylor visits Baylor practice Tuesday.

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