Billings, Blackshear and Drango up for nation’s top interior lineman award.
Coach Art Briles, QB Bryce Petty and DT Beau Blackshear talk with media after arriving for Cotton Bowl.
Spencer Drango gives Bears third straight season with Offensive Lineman of the Year choice
Shock Linwood led the Bears 148 yards and the clinching touchdown.
Coach Art Briles and players met with media before the first day of fall practice
Baylor at Kansas State
No. 4 Football vs. No. 7 Michigan State (USA Today)
Baylor takes on West Virginia
Returning All-Big 12 lineman, fifth-year senior… Third-year starting interior defensive lineman, underrated cog on D-line… 2014 All-Big 12 honoree as junior… Veteran with 38 career games played (second-most on team) and 25 career starts (third-most on squad), has started 21 straight games entering 2015 season… Projected 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 by Phil Steele (second team) and Athlon (fourth team)... Local from nearby Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas... Graduated in May 2015 with a degree in communication studies.
2014 (Junior): Starting defensive tackle in all 13 games for Big 12 champions… Named 2014 second-team All-Big 12 by San Antonio Express-News and honorable mention by league coaches… Totaled 44 tackles (27 solo, 9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks (-41 yards), two hurries, one fumble recovery and one field goal block… 4.5 sacks ranked third on squad and 19th in Big 12… One of nine players to start all 13 games in 2014… Made career-high 1.5 sacks (-13 yards), three total tackles and QB hurry in season-opening win over SMU… Had five-yard sack in win at Buffalo in third game… Made five tackles, including 17-yard sack, in win at Iowa State in fourth game… Monster effort in win at Texas in fifth game, blocked field goal that was returned for TD (and 7-0 lead) in first quarter, also recovered fumble on goal-line in final minute of first half to preserve 7-0 lead – finished with four tackles (one for loss of five yards)… Set career-high with two TFL (-7 yards) including six-yard sack, and had five total stops (four solo) in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game… Made career-high six tackles and had QB hurry at West Virginia in seventh game… Made four stops, including career-high-tying two for loss, in win over No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game… Totaled five tackles (one for loss) in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year’s Six bowl… Made five stops in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (Sophomore): Starting nose tackle in 12 of 13 games… Totaled 33 tackles (13 solo), six for loss (-20 yards), 2.5 sacks for 14 yards, one fumble recovery and one QB hurry… Made first career start in season-opening win over Wofford, made four tackles and assisted on sack… Had four stops (three solo) and assisted sack in win over Buffalo in second game… Did not start in third game (win vs. ULM), had one tackle… Had seven-yard sack and four tackles in win over West Virginia in fourth game… Made unassisted sack and hurry in win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game… Had career-high five tackles, including 1.5 sacks, at No. 11 Oklahoma State in 10th game… Made three tackles and recovered fumble in win at TCU in 11th game… Had three stops in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school’s first BCS Bowl berth in 12th game… Made sack and two tackles in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman):Played all 13 games as redshirt freshman, as reserve defensive lineman and on special teams... Earned first collegiate letter... Totaled 15 tackles (eight solo), one tackle-for-loss and one QB hurry on season... Played from scrimmage in 10 of 13 games, saw action exclusively on special teams in other three... Made two tackles in career debut in season-opening win over SMU... Recorded no statistics in games two through six, played on line in games two and three, only special teams in four, five and six... Registered 13 of season's 15 tackles over final seven games... Made multiple tackles in five of final seven contests... Made two solo stops, including one-yard tackle-for-loss, at Iowa State in seventh game... Had two tackles and added hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Had two assisted tackles at No. 14 Oklahoma... Made two solo tackles in upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game... Season-high three stops in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA.
2011 (True Freshman):Dressed for two games but did not see any game action… Redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: All-state defensive lineman from nearby Midway High School... Played under head coach Terry Gambill at MHS... National position rankings among defensive linemen: No. 57 by ESPN.com, No. 59 by Rivals.com... Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Second Super Team (second-team all-state) in 2010... Listed as No. 6 defensive end in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Winter 2011 and No. 7 by TexasHSFootball.com... No. 2 local recruit on Centex Top 25 by Waco Tribune-Herald... Rated among state's top 100 recruits by TexasHSFootball.com (88), Rivals.com (96), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100 and Waco Tribune-Herald... Member of Rodgers Recruiting Report's 2010 Preseason All-Academic first team...Named 2010 Class 4A first-team All-State by TheOldCoach.com, Super Centex Defensive Player of the Year by Waco Tribune-Herald (first-team All-Super Centex) and 2010 District 8-4A co-MVP following stellar senior season... Named District 8-4A MVP by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Totaled 77 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 14 hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and six breakups in 2010 while leading Midway to 12-1 record... Selected 2009 first-team All-District 16-4A after totaling 68 tackles as junior on Midway's 9-3 area finalist team... Named 2008 District 16-4A defensive newcomer of the year as sophomore... Made 80 tackles and nine sacks... Played quarterback on Midway junior varsity.
Personal: Son of Richard and Kim Blackshear… Full name is Beau Tyler Blackshear… Born May 10, 1992, in Waco, Texas… Graduated in May 2015 with a degree in communication studies.