Fourth-year senior quarterback... Listed No. 1 at QB to replace
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III heading into fall practice...
Smart, veteran leader... 2012 Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list...
Forewent redshirt in 2011 to relieve starter RG3 in 11th game vs. Texas
Tech (9-for-12, 151 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rushing TD)... Starter in seven games
in 2009 as true freshman in place of Griffin III... Set school's then single-
game passing record (427 yards, since surpassed) and led BU to
road upset at defending Big 12 North Division champion Missouri in
fifth career start as true freshman in 2009... Has squatted 535 pounds...
Three-time Dean's List honoree and seven-time Big 12 Commissioner's
Honor Roll selection... Graduated in December 2011 with degree in
2011 (Junior): Unable to redshirt after playing second half of 11th
game vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in relief of injured starter
Robert Griffin III, threw TWO TDs to lead team to victory... Played two
of 13 games... Named to Dean's List in fall 2011 and Big 12
Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012... In one half vs.
Tech, accounted for three TDs, throwing for 151 yards, on 9-for-12
passing, with two TDs, while rushing for another on seven carries for 14
yards... Brilliant relief effort helped lead Baylor to first win over Texas
Tech in Big 12 era... Also saw action at wide receiver against Texas in
12th game, did not record a stat... Did not play in Valero Alamo Bowl
win over Washington.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in seven games as backup quarterback...
Totaled 55 passing yards, on 6-for-12 passing, with no TDs or
interceptions... Rushed for seven yards on two carries... Named to Big
12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters...
Threw most passes in season-opening win over Sam Houston State, six
attempts with two completions for 21 total yards... Also took snaps vs.
Buffalo, at No. 4 TCU, at Rice, vs. Kansas and vs. No. 23 Texas A&M...
Completed one pass for seven yards in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois.
2009 (True Freshman): Played in nine games, starter in seven, as true
freshman quarterback in 2009 to earn first collegiate letter... Ascended
to starting role in season's fourth game due to injuries to top two
quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III and Blake Szymanski) in season's third
game... Started seven of season's final nine games... Threw for 1,786
yards on 165 completions and 266 attempts... Totaled six TDs and nine
interceptions on season... Ranked seventh in Big 12 Conference with
198.4 passing yards per game... Ranked eighth in total offense yards in
Big 12 with 205.3... Also rushed for 62 yards and three TDs on 57
carries... One of seven returning starters on offense... One of eight true
freshmen to letter in 2009... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12
honors... Named to Baylor's Dean's List in fall 2009 and spring 2010
and fall 2009 and spring 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll...
Received team's Baylor Academic Excellence Award on offense... Saw
first career action in fourth quarter of win over Northwestern State in
third game after injuries to top two QBs, did not attempt a pass in one
series played... Made first career start and led BU to win vs. Kent State
in fourth game, threw for 216 yards on 20 of 27 passing with no TDs or
interceptions and rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns... Threw for
220 yards and one score in second start at No. 19 Oklahoma in season's
fifth game... Passed for 49 yards in six attempts as reserve at Iowa State
in sixth game... Started next five games, throwing for 200-plus yards
four times... Had career day in upset at Missouri in season's ninth
game, broke school's passing mark with 427 yards on 32 of 43 passes
and threw three touchdowns without an interception... Was honored as
Big 12 Offensive Player of Week (Nov. 9) and earned ESPN.com "Helmet
Sticker" for effort in Missouri win... Threw season-high 45 passes vs.
No. 2 Texas, completed 28 for 240 yards and one TD with three picks in
season's 10th game... Did not play in season finale vs. Texas Tech
(coach's decision)... Earned first collegiate letter... Enrolled at Baylor in
January 2009 (signed in 2008) and participated in spring 2009 drills.
High School: South Garland High School, Garland, Texas... One of
four Metroplex preps to throw for 3,000 yards in 2007, area's fourthleading
passer as senior at South Garland [Texas] High School... Ranked
No. 22 on Rivals.com's dual-threat quarterbacks list... 3-star ranking from
both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Rated nation's 66th-best prep signal
caller by Scout.com... Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 member... Ranked
No. 62 on San Antonio Express-News' Texas Top 100 and No. 46 on Dallas
Morning News Area Top 100 list... 2007 Texas Football Texas Top 300
honoree also tabbed one of state's top 20 quarterbacks in preseason...
2007 District 10-5A MVP... Selected to 2007 Dallas Morning News' all-area
first team... Also earned first-team 10-5A all-district honors in final prep
season... 2008 Oil Bowl participant also earned 2007 first-team THSCA
academic all-state honors... Passed for over 8,000 yards in three-year
prep career and established 10 Garland ISD records... Holds Garland
ISD career marks for passing yards (8,001), total offense yards (9,131)
and total-offense touchdowns (87)... As senior, set Garland ISD records
for passing yards (3,047), total-offense yards (3,495), touchdown passes
(30) and total-offense touchdowns (39)... Completed 212-of-357 passes
for 3,047 yards and 30 touchdowns as senior with just four
interceptions... Also rushed 138 times for 448 yards and nine
touchdowns .... Threw school single-game record five touchdown passes
vs. arch-rival Garland as senior... Led Colonels to 10-2 overall record
and 2007 District 10-5A title with 7-0 record... As junior, completed 211-
of-366 passes for 2,910 yards and 23 touchdowns with 14 picks en route
to second-team all-district honors... Rushed for 431 yards and six
touchdowns on 111 carries... Ranked No. 4 in Metroplex in passing
yards as junior, established Garland ISD single-game records for
passing (450) and total-offense (472) yards vs. Plano West... Completed
145-of-264 passes as sophomore for 2,295 yards and 12 TDs, rushed 88
times for 251 and seven scores... District newcomer of year as
sophomore... Also lettered in track as sophomore... Twin brother, Luke,
played safety for South Garland... Selected Baylor over Purdue...
Committed to Baylor in March 2007... Coached by Mickey Moss at
District 10-5A school.
Personal: Son of Joe and Tina Florence, Nicolas Daryl Florence was
born June 21, 1989, in Dallas, Texas... Married to Rachel Florence...
Parents are both Baylor graduates... Has four brothers: Matt, Josh, Zach
and Luke... Honors student ranked second in 467-member senior class
academically and scored over 1,200 on SAT on first attempt... Graduated
in December 2011 with degree in economics... Currently enrolled in
graduate school, working on MBA.