Bears boast two Academic All-Americans in same year for first time
Bears have school-record 13 first-team honorees.
Bears have two members honored for first time since 2010.
Coach Art Briles and players met with media before the first day of fall practice
Bears have six representatives on first team, seven on second team.
ALL-BIG 12 CANDIDATE
Veteran All-Big 12 offensive lineman, fifth-year senior... Starter at right tackle as sophomore on 2012 Holiday Bowl championship team, injured knee during 2013 spring and worked way back into starting lineup at conclusion of 2013 Big 12 championship season... 15 career starts ranks fourth on team and 26 career games played tied for seventh... Earned 2012 honorable mention All-Big 12 from league coaches in only full season as starter... Named 2014 preseason All-Big 12 by Athlon (second team) and Phil Steele (fourth team)... Local product from nearby Connally High School in Waco... Has squatted 615 pounds... Traveled to Kenya for mission trip with BU student-athletes in May 2011... Two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree... Member of Dean's List in spring 2010 and spring 2013 and nine-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection... December 2012 graduate with degree in finance... Currently working on MBA.
2013 (Junior): Played 10 of 13 games and started twice during junior season while recovering from knee injury... Missed first two games while rehabbing knee, earned back starting right tackle spot during final two games of season... Member of O-line that powered nation's No. 1 offense in total yards (618.8 ypg) and scoring (NCAA-record 681 points), and rushing attack (259.7 ypg) that led Big 12 and ranked 13th nationally... In limited play, averaged 86.3 percent coaches grade and totaled 20 knockdowns on season... Earned first-team 2013 Academic All-Big 12 honors... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2013 and spring 2014... Saw limited snaps as reserve in games three and four, wins over ULM and West Virginia, respectively... Did not play in fifth game at Kansas State... Played in season's final eight games, playing time progressively increased, started final two games... Earned season-high grade of 88 percent, with one knockdown, as reserve vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State in 10th game... Named Co-Lineman of the Week after season-high three knockdowns and 86 percent coaches grade in win at TCU in 11th game... Made season's first start in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school's first-ever BCS bowl berth, graded 87 percent and made two knockdowns... Matched season-highs of 88 percent grade and three knockdowns as starter in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
2012 (Sophomore): Started all 13 games at right tackle as sophomore, one of 10 players to start every game... Earned All-Big 12 honorable mention from league coaches... Starter on offensive line that led Big 12 in rushing (231.7 ypg) and finished second nationally in total offense (572.2 ypg)... Averaged coaches grade of 89.2 percent and totaled 73 knockdowns on season... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors... Earned 89 percent grade and had five knockdowns in first career start in season-opening win over SMU... Graded at 90 percent with five knockdowns in win over SHSU in second game... Made seven knockdowns and 89 percent grade at Texas in sixth game... Made team-high 89 percent grade and added six knockdowns at ISU in seventh game... Led team with season-high eight knockdowns and graded 89 percent vs. No. 14 Oklahoma in ninth game... Earned season-high 93 percent coaches grade with six knockdowns in upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game... Graded 91 percent and had seven knockdowns in win over Texas Tech in 11th game... Made 89 percent grade with five knockdowns in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2012 and spring 2013.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Reserve tackle played in three games and dressed for all 13 games... Earned first collegiate letter... Made Baylor debut against Rice in third game... Also saw action in the fourth quarter against Iowa State in fifth game and Texas Tech in 11th game... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012.
2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Dressed for eight games but did not see any game action... Earned Baylor's Offensive Academic Excellence Award... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010 and spring 2011... Also earned spring 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll status in first semester on campus.
High School: Three-year letterman and captain at Connally High School in Waco, Texas... Played under head coaches Steve Hoffman and Kevin Johnson at Connally... Listed nation's No. 35 ranked tackle by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. and 47th nationally by Rivals.com... Rated No. 89 recruit in Texas by Rivals.com and listed on Fort Worth Star-Telegram State Top 100 list... 2008 first-team All-District 19-3A selection as junior... Member of Waco Tribune-Herald's Super Centex Football Teams as sophomore and junior... National Honor Society member... Ranked fourth in class at CHS... Named to 2009 Rodgers Recruiting Report's preseason All-Academic first team which honors state's top student-athletes in football.
Personal: Son of Brent and Maria Baker... Full name is Troy Allyn Baker... Born July 16, 1992, in Waco, Texas... Graduated in December 2012 with degree in finance... Currently working on MBA.