Bears have five on first team, two second-team picks.
BU’s line unit one of 14 honored for play in season’s first six games.
Bears lead Big 12 with quartet of players on preseason list.
Junior center one of 63 recognized nationally.
Junior center one of 52 recognized nationally.
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
Fifth-year senior center and two-time All-Big 12 honoree… Veteran honors candidate with 39 career games played (most on team) and 26 career starts (tied for most on squad) entering 2016 season… Third-year starter and anchor on o-line for nation’s most productive offense… Squatted 590 pounds, recorded clean lift of 360 pounds... Two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection… Scheduled to graduate in May 2016 with a degree in communication studies.
2015 (Junior): Starting center in all 13 games as junior, earned All-Big 12 honors… Anchor on offensive line that paved way for nation’s No. 2-ranked rushing offense (326.7 ypg) and led Big 12 with 1.15 average sacks allowed… Named second-team All-Big 12 by Associated Press, league coaches, San Antonio-Express News and Waco Tribune-Herald… Averaged 88.9 percent coaches grade and totaled 51 knockdowns on season… Named to USA Today All-Bowl team for efforts in BU’s Russell Athletic Bowl victory… Four times earned team’s Lineman of Week honors… Graded 90 percent and had four knockdowns in season-opening win at SMU… Had career-high 92 percent grade with two knockdowns while helping BU rush for 427 yards and three TDs in win over Rice in third game… Earned LOW honors for performance vs. Rice… Led team with five knockdowns and graded 91 percent in win vs. Tech in fourth game, Baylor totaled 368 rushing yards and five TDs on the ground… Earned 91 percent grade with five knockdowns in win at Kansas in fifth game… Named Lineman of Week after 91 percent grade and four knockdowns in win over West Virginia in sixth game… Team-high six knockdowns (87 percent grade) in win over Iowa State in seventh game… Matched career-high of 92 percent grade and had four knockdowns in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game, earned team LOW honors… Led team with career highs of seven knockdowns and 92 percent coaches grade in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl… Named BU Lineman of Week, helped Bears to 645 yards and seven TDs rushing.
2014 (Sophomore): Starting center in all 13 games as sophomore for Big 12 champions... Earned 2014 All-Big 12 honorable mention from league coaches... Anchored Baylor 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... Named second team All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication... Named to spring 2015 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... One of two offensive players to start every game... Led team with 49 total knockdowns and averaged 87.3 percent coaches grade on season... Four times named squad's lineman of week for outstanding play... Made career-first start in season-opening win over SMU, earned 86 percent coaches grade and had two knockdowns... Earned lineman of week honors after leading team with five knockdowns and grading 89 percent in win over Northwestern State in second game... Also named LOW after win at Buffalo in third game, led squad with five knockdowns and earned 89 percent grade... Had career bests of 90 percent grade and six knockdowns in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Graded 88 percent (two knockdowns) in win at Texas in fifth game... Earned 89 percent coaches grade and totaled four knockdowns in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Had team-high three knockdowns and 85 percent grade in win at No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game... Led squad with four knockdowns and graded 88 percent in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game... Named lineman of week after leading team in knockdowns (four) and grade (89 percent) in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Earned LOW honors after matching career-highs of 90 percent grade and six knockdowns in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl... Had team-high 88 percent grade with three knockdowns in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Played all 13 games as special teamer and reserve offensive lineman as redshirt freshman... Earned first collegiate letter... Saw action from scrimmage in nine games, played exclusively on special teams in other four... Totaled 22 knockdowns and averaged 86.1 percent coaches grade in nine games... Selected to spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over Wofford, had two knockdowns and graded 85 percent... Recorded season highs of 88 percent grade and four knockdowns in win over Buffalo in second game... Matched season-high 88 percent coaches grade and had three knockdowns in win over ULM in third game... Three knockdowns and 86 percent grade in win over West Virginia in fourth game... Played only special teams in win at Kansas State in fifth game... Played snaps on line in subsequent five games, had multiple knockdowns in four of five... Graded 86 percent and made two knockdowns in win over No. 12 Oklahoma in eighth game... Played only special teams in final three contests.
2012 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Dressed for five of 13 games, but did not see any game action.
High School: Consensus state top 100 offensive line recruit for Wylie (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Bill Howard at WHS... National position rankings among offensive linemen: No. 37 by ESPN.com, No. 44 by Rivals.com, No. 53 by Scout.com, No. 57 by 247Sports.com... Ranked among top 100 overall prospects in Texas by ESPN.com (50th), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (50th), Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 (52nd), Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (55th), 247Sports.com (95th), Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Top 100, Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Rated No. 9 offensive lineman in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 23rd by Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas Area Top 100 (sixth O-lineman)... Rated No. 126 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named 2011 second-team DFW Class 4A All-Area... Earned 2011 first-team All-District 10-4A honors... Teammate at Wylie of fellow Baylor signee Terrell Burt.
Personal: Son of Larry and Audrey Fuller... Full name is Kyle Emmitt Fuller... Born March 4, 1994, in Duncanville, Texas... Majoring in speech communication.