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Baylor Quartet Praised at Big 12 Media Day
8:30 P.M., TUES., JULY 24, 2012

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Media from all over the nation got their first chance of the season to talk with head coaches and players from Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia on Tuesday in Dallas at the Westin Galleria Hotel. It marked the final day of the 2012 Big 12 Football Media Days as Baylor's Art Briles, Ahmad Dixon, Nick Florence, Ivory Wade and Terrance Williams answered questions at the annual media gathering.

The coaches and players met with media members in radio and print breakout sessions, interviewed in front of the cameras with multiple national television outlets, sat with Big 12 correspondent Wendell Barnhouse live on the Big12Sports.com set and did their part for the conference on league-wide PSAs.

Many of the media took to Twitter to voice their on-the-spot opinions as interviews wore on throughout the day. Here's just a few of the impressions left by the Baylor contingent:

From @HornSports: Art Briles is acting like the #Baylor offense will be better this year even without RG3. Like the Swagger.
From @MorganOnAir: Art Briles is impressive...great sound byte. Did great job building up UH & will continue to succeed at #Baylor. #Big12
From @kbohls: Art Briles is killing it. I'm ready to sign with Baylor.

Coach Briles and the players had their own share of impressive comments and thoughts on the upcoming season. Here's just a small snippet of what we overheard:

Head Coach Art Briles: "What we have is a team that believes in itself and is working toward a common goal."
Quarterback Nick Florence: "We still have a lot of weapons on offense. You're going to find out this fall that we didn't drop off at all. You've got to take the pressure and use it to your advantage."
Nickel Back Ahmad Dixon: "We have a lot of experience and a lot of guys who know things we didn't know last year."
Offensive Lineman Ivory Wade: "(Having a target on our backs) is something we've got to get adjusted to, but I think we're handling it well."
Wide Receiver Terrance Williams:"West Virginia. We both have top of the line offenses, so I'm ready for that."

And once the day was complete, the journalists put their fingers to the keyboards and punched out their early stories on the Bears, the new stadium and the season ahead:

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman: "Big 12 Football: Baylor's Art Briles..."
Keith Whitmire, FoxSportsSouthwest.com: "Baylor, Oklahoma State..."
Patrick Southern, CBSSports.com: "Baylor coach Art Briles: `We..."
John E. Hoover, Tulsa World: "Briles says new stadium can help..."

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


Skinny on Preseason Publications
3:47 P.M., THU., JULY 5, 2012

We're less than 60 days away from Baylor's 2012 season opener against SMU at Floyd Casey Stadium. Here's a look at what some preseason publications are saying about Baylor football in 2012:

ATHLON
Quotable: "Robert Griffin III is gone, but the Bears should remain relevant in the Big 12... Don't expect Baylor to challenge for the league title, but a third straight bowl appearance is likely."
Predicted Big 12 finish: 7th (7-5, 4-5)
All-Big 12, first team: Cyril Richardson
All-Big 12, second team: Terrance Williams, Ahmad Dixon
All-Big 12, third team: Tevin Reese, Ivory Wade, Aaron Jones
Recruiting: 5th
Unit Rankings: WRs (5th nationally)
Nation's Top Transfers: Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga), Lache Seastrunk (Oregon)

BLUE RIBBON
Predicted Big 12 finish: 7th
All-Big 12: Terrance Williams, Cyril Richardson, Jordan Najvar, Sam Holl

DAVE CAMPBELL'S TEXAS FOOTBALL
Predicted Big 12 finish:
t6th (6-6, 3-6)
All-Texas, first team:
Ivory Wade (best offensive lineman), Ahmad Dixon
All-Texas, second team:
Terrance Williams

LINDY'S
Quotable: "...the Bears are confident they can reach a bowl game for the third straight year with a lot of offensive talent surrounding (Nick) Florence and a veteran defense that should make great improvements in coordinator Phil Bennett's second season."
Predicted Big 12 finish:
8th
All-Big 12, first team: Terrance Williams
All-Big 12, second team: Tevin Reese, Cyril Richardson
Recruiting: 6th

PHIL STEELE
Quotable:
"BU does have a vastly upgraded defense and will have a potent offense with the experienced Florence at QB. Briles' Bears now have a new found confidence giving them a solid shot at a third straight bowl."
Predicted Big 12 finish: 8th
All-America, fourth team: Terrance Williams
All-Big 12, first team: Jordan Najvar, Cyril Richardson
All-Big 12, second team: Terrance Williams, Ahmad Dixon
All-Big 12, third team: Ivory Wade, Levi Norwood
All-Big 12, fourth team: Lache Seastrunk, Tevin Reese, K.J. Morton
Recruiting: 6th
Unit Rankings: WRs (8th nationally)
National Position Rankings (draft eligible): Terrance Williams (3rd, WR); Cyril Richardson (10th, OT); Ahmad Dixon (18th, FS); Jordan Najvar (18th, TE); Levi Norwood (18th, PR); Ivory Wade (22nd, C); Nick Florence (58th, QB); Cameron Kaufhold (58th, OG); Lanear Sampson (64th, WR)

USA TODAY
Predicted Big 12 finish:
8th (6-6, 3-6)
All-Big 12, first team: Cyril Richardson
Recruiting: t8th

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