Senior All-American up for award recognizing off the field accomplishments.
Bears lead Big 12 with quartet of players on preseason list.
Billings, Blackshear and Drango up for nation’s top interior lineman award.
Junior offensive tackle picks up honors from Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America.
Junior offensive tackle gives BU an o-line honoree in six of last seven years.
No. 4 Football vs. No. 7 Michigan State (USA Today)
Kansas vs. Football; photos by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
OUTLAND TROPHY CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
Fifth-year senior, returning All-American and two-time first team All-Big 12 honoree… Fourth-year starter at left tackle, team-high 35 career starts entering 2014 season… Imposing team leader and bell cow of offensive line… 2012 Freshman All-American and Freshman All-Big 12... Three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and 2013 first-team Academic All-District VII selection... Two-time Dean’s List honoree and seven-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member... Recorded 34 reps in 225-pound bench press and benched 415 pounds... Has squatted 605 pounds... Former blue chip recruit from Cedar Park, Texas, outside of Austin... Traveled to Brazil for mission trip with Baylor student-athletes in May 2015... Graduated in December 2014 with a degree in Finance.
2014 (Junior): Starting left tackle in all 13 games as junior for Big 12 champions… Consensus 2014 All-America, unanimous first-team All-Big 12… Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of Year and semi-finalist for Outland Trophy… Leader of offensive line that powered running game to 215.5 yards per game (second in Big 12) and ranked fourth in league with 1.85 average sacks allowed… Led squad as six-time Lineman of Week honoree… Averaged team-high 88.5 percent coaches grade and 39 knockdowns on season… Named first team All-Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football… Earned 2014 Academic All-Big 12 first team honors… Named to Fall 2014 Dean’s List and Fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Made team-high three knockdowns and graded 86 percent in season-opening win over SMU… Earned team Lineman of Week honors after grading team-high 90 percent with three knockdowns in win over Northwestern State in second game… Named LOW after 92 percent coaches grade and season-high four knockdowns in win at Iowa State in fourth game… Made three knockdowns and graded 89 percent in win at Texas in fifth game… Over season’s final six games, named lineman of week four times and averaged 89.7 percent grade and 3.0 knockdowns… Tied season-high of four knockdowns (led team) and graded team-high 90 percent, named LOW, in win over Kansas in eighth game… Team-high 91 percent grade and had two knockdowns in win at No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game, named LOW… Led team with both season-high 93 percent grade and season-high-tying four knockdowns in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game, named LOW… Named LOW following team-high 91 percent grade and seasonhigh-tying four knockdowns in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year’s Six bowl… Graded 86 percent and one knockdown in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (Sophomore): Starter at left tackle in nine of 13 games, missed final four games due to back injury... Named first-team All-Big 12 (league coaches, Sporting News, Athlon/FoxSports, Phil Steele, Big 12 Broadcasters, S.A. Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald) and to second team by AP... Selected Scout/CFN Sophomore All-America honorable mention... Leader 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... Averaged team-high 89.2 percent coaches grade and totaled 43 knockdowns on season... Named first-team Academic All-District VII by Capital One/CoSIDA... Earned Baylor spring 2014 Dean's List distinction... Selected to Academic All-Big 12 first team... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2013 and spring 2014... Earned Lineman of Week honors in win over Buffalo in second game after grading team-high and season-high grade of 92 percent as well as six knockdowns... Named Lineman of Week following third game when matched team and season-high grade of 92 percent in win over ULM, added five knockdowns... Recorded season-high seven knockdowns and team-high 91 percent coaches grade in win at Kansas State in fifth game... Graded 88 percent with five knockdowns in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Named Lineman of Week after leading team with 90 percent grade and had three knockdowns in win over No. 12 Oklahoma in eighth game... Had six knockdowns and graded 85 percent in final appearance of season, win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game... Had back surgery following Tech game, ending 22-game streak as starter... Sat out final four games of season in which Baylor won Big 12 championship.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Started all 13 games at left tackle as redshirt freshman... Named Freshman All-American by Scout/FoxSports (first team) and Phil Steele (second team)... Named All-Big 12 Freshman and to 2012 All-Bowl team by ESPN.com... Earned first collegiate letter... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors... Selected to fall 2012 and spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Leader of offensive line that led Big 12 in rushing (231.7 ypg) and finished second nationally in total offense (572.2 ypg)... Totaled 76 knockdowns on season and averaged coaches grade of 89.2 percent... Graded 89 percent or higher and totaled six or more knockdowns in each of final seven games of season (5-2 record)... Totaled season-high eight knockdowns and earned team-best grade of 92 percent in season-opening win over SMU... Graded team-best 89 percent and had seven knockdowns vs. Iowa State in seventh game... Made team-high six knockdowns and graded 89 percent in win over Kansas in eighth game... Graded season-high 94 percent (tied for team's highest grade of season) and totaled seven knockdowns in historic upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game... Topped 90 percent for second straight game with grade of 90 in win over Texas Tech in 11th game, added six knockdowns... Made seven knockdowns and graded 89 percent in win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game... Earned 90 percent grade and had six knockdowns in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA.
2011 (True Freshman): Dressed for three games but did not see any game action... Redshirted to retain eligibility... Earned spring 2012 Dean's List honors... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012.
High School: Blue chip offensive lineman from Cedar Park (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Chris Ross at CPHS... Rated No. 203 recruit nationally on Rivals.com Rivals250 listing... National position ratings among offensive linemen: No. 15 by ESPN.com, No. 20 by Scout.com and No. 24 by Rivals.com... Attended 2010 Army National Combine in San Antonio, named second-team All-Combine by Rivals.com... Named "Best Offensive Lineman" in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Winter 2011... Listed No. 2 OT in state by TexasHSFootball.com... Named to Texas top 100 lists by following publications: Texas Showcase Combine Hot 11 (No. 6), Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 (No. 9), No. 18 on Austin American-Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55 (No. 18), TexasHSFootball.com (No. 26), Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (No. 29), Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 (top 30), SuperPrep "Texas 120" (No. 38), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44... Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football 2010 First Super Team (first-team all-state)... Member of Rodgers Recruiting Report's 2010 Preseason All-Academic first team... 144 knockdowns, allowed zero sacks as senior... Led Cedar Park to 13-1 record and state quarterfinals as senior... Named 2010 first-team Class 4A All-State and District 25-4A Offensive Lineman of the Year... Also first-team All-Central Texas selection by Austin American-Statesman... 2009 honorable mention Class 4A All-State (AP) selection and unanimous first-team All-District 16-5A honoree as junior for 8-4 DII area finalist and District 16-5A champion Cedar Park ... Second-team 2008 All-District 16-5A selection as sophomore.
Personal: Son of Gary and Pamela Drango... Full name is Spencer Joseph Drango... Born on Oct. 15, 1992, in Indianapolis, Ind.... Majoring in finance... Brother, Brad, is a Baylor graduate.