|FB Duo Aiming to Increase Draft Stock at Senior Bowl
2:30 P.M., THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012
Baylor running back, Terrance Ganaway, and center, Philip Blake, will represent the Bears at the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network. Record-breaking wide receiver, Kendall Wright, was also invited, but will not participate due to an ankle injury.
The Senior Bowl will be televised live nationally on the NFL Network at 3 p.m. CST. Baylor's trio will be joined by more than 100 of the nation's top senior collegiate players in Mobile for the country's top pre-draft all-star game.
Ganaway and Blake, both representing the South squad coached by Washington Redskins' Mike Shanahan, reported to Mobile on Sunday afternoon and started practice and light workouts for scouts Monday morning. Practices in the week leading up to the game will be attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Blake was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches in 2011. He paved the way for a Baylor offense that ranked second nationally with 587 yards per game during the regular season, and he helped guide the Bears to school records with 777 total yards and 482 rushing yards in the Alamo Bowl win. Blake led the team with an 86% average coach's grade and 86 knockdowns during the regular season.
Ganaway, an All-Big 12 selection and the Offensive MVP of the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl, rushed for a school-record 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns. The DeKalb, Texas native recorded three 200-yard rushing games, matching the number of 200-yard performances in 109 previous seasons of Baylor football. Ganaway also broke the school record for carries in a game when he rushed 42 times for 246 yards in a win over Texas Tech.
Baylor defensive tackle Tracy Robertson's National team won the inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game, jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and holding on for a 20-14 victory Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Linebacker Elliot Coffey played on the American team that also included former Baylor defensive end Matt Singletary, the son of Baylor legend Mike Singletary, who finished his career at Division II Cal Poly.
Defensive tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptist was on the losing side in Saturday's East-West Shrine all-star game in St. Petersburg, Fla., as the West rallied for a 24-17 victory over the East.
Center Philip Blake and running back Terrance Ganaway are scheduled to play in next Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Record-breaking wide receiver, Kendall Wright, was invited but will not participate due to an ankle injury.
Defensive lineman, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, will represent Baylor in the 87th East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 21, 2012, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.. Kick off is slate for 3 p.m. CT and will be televised on the NFL Network.
Jean-Baptiste, a former walk-on and two-year starter for the Baylor defense, led the Bears in tackles-for-loss (8.5) and finished second in sacks (4.0). His 36 tackles were tied for the team lead amongst defensive linemen. Jean-Baptiste graduated from Baylor in the spring of 2011.
Jean-Baptiste joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.
The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets for the January 21, 2012 game online at www.shrinegame.com,www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 727-342-5777.
All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).
The 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl was not short on offensive fire power as Baylor and Washington set FBS bowl records for most combined points in a regulation game (123) and most combined yards of total offense (1,397); and viewers took notice.
The 19th annual Alamo Bowl got a 5.1 TV rating; ESPN's most-watched non-BCS bowl game of the year and fifth all-time in network history.
Here's a quick breakdown of the ratings from Big 12 schools participating in a non-BCS bowl game. Kansas State is the only Big 12 team left to play, as the Wildcats take on Arkansas in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, on Jan. 6.