SI Pub, NFL Transactions & More Practice...
The Bears continue with practice sessions and lifting this week despite the off date this weekend. Here are some odds and ends of Baylor happenings to tide you over until the 19th...
- If you haven't yet, check out this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, the Inside College Football section on page 40 is dedicated to RG3 and the Bears, an article titled: "Fast-Tracker" by Mark Beech (who was in Winston-Salem for the win over Wake Forest).
- A couple of somewhat surprising transactions involving former Bears in the NFL recently, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut kicker Matt Bryant, who had a strong season in 2008. Odds are Bryant will be picked up by another team at some point this season. The Denver Broncos reached an injury settlement with Josh Bell and released the defensive back, who started five games last season.
Baylor fans are eagerly awaiting the home opener Sept. 19 vs. UConn at 4 p.m. CDT. Tickets are on sale online and by phone at 254-710-1000.
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Coach and Player Honors & Poll Votes...
The effects of Baylor's season-opening win at Wake Forest are still being seen. Honors have continued, such as Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com naming Art Briles his "Coach of the Day" on his online blog Sunday, as well as Joe Pawelek being voted the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday for the second time in his career.
The really big news Tuesday came when the national polls were released and, for the first time since 2005, the Bears received votes in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches' polls. Jerry "A View From The" Hill weighed in on the poll votes here.
Excitement is high among the Baylor faithful, and the next two weeks can't fly by soon enough. The Bears next action is at home Sept. 19 vs. UConn at 4 p.m. CDT. The game will not be televised, so please plan to wear your gold and get out and cheer the Bears. Tickets are on sale now online and by phone at 254-710-1000.
Former Player Updates
Four former Baylor players were involved in recent professional transactions. Two former receivers and Bears teammates were released by NFL teams Saturday, Dominique Zeigler was cut by the 49ers and Trent Shelton was let go by the Washington Redskins. Both players were immediately resigned to the practice squads for their previous teams on Sunday.
Offensive lineman Dan Gay, who signed a free agent contact following this year's draft, was cut last week by the San Diego Chargers.
Nice Start, Bears 1-0
The Bears opened the season with a big road win, defeating Wake Forest 24-21 Saturday in Winston-Salem in front of a regional ABC television audience.
The folks at ABC/ESPN were impressed, as highlights and player honors followed late Saturday and Sunday. Joe Pawelek, who led Baylor with seven tackles, one interception and one sack, was nominated for AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week. The player of the week is selected by fans, and Bears fans can vote for JoePaw through Wednesday at this link.
Pawelek was also given a helmet sticker by ESPN's Reece Davis on College Football Scoreboard show last night for his efforts in the upset. ESPN also showed the Ernest Smith-to-Lanear Sampson trick-play TD as the No. 8 play on the Top 10 plays of the day.
Here's what Coach Briles said Sunday when he met with local media. Here's the write-up by Cuttin' in the Baylor Line about the Bears' "Giant Leap" taken with Saturday's victory.