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Aaron Karas 2

Aaron  Karas


Spring, Texas

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Height / Weight:
6-2 / 197



2004: Baylor's most-experienced signal caller with 21 career starts under his belt, fifth-year senior Aaron Karas will begin fall practice No. 3 on the depth chart, but he figures to be in a four-way fight to earn the Bears' starting job ... He owns the highest career completion percentage in school history at 59.1 percent (321-of-543) and stands fifth all-time in pass efficiency (121.45), eighth in passing yards (3,799) and ninth in total offense yards (3,685) ... All-told, Karas ranks among BU's top 10 in 11 different categories and holds a place on nine of its 11 all-time passing lists ... With eight career 200-yard passing games to his credit, he needs five such performances in 2004 to break Don Trull's (1962-63) school record.

2003: Started and played in season's first 10 games ... Connected on 135-of-239 passes on the year for 1,481 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions ... Hit 56.5 percent of his passes for the year, which equals the fifth-highest one-season mark in school history ... His 135 completions rank as the school's seventh-best one-year performance, while his 239 attempts stand ninth on the single-season chart ... Ranked 11th in the Big 12 and 76th nationally in passing efficiency with a 113.14 rating ... Was also 13th in the Big 12 in total offense at 117.82 yards per game ... Guided Bears to wins over SMU, Sam Houston State and Colorado ... Threw for 100 or more yards in nine of 10 starts and had at least one touchdown pass in six games, including three contests with multiple-scoring strikes ... Against UAB, he was 20-of-33 in the air for 227 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions ... Connected on 18-of-28 passes against Colorado for 207 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Bears' 42-30 victory over the Buffs ... Sixteen of his completions went for 25 yards or more, including a season-long 53-yard pass to Rashad Armstrong against Sam Houston State ... Earned third letter.

2002: Played in 11 games and started 10 to receive his second varsity letter ... Set school single-season record for completion percentage (.598, 150-of-251) ... Had the fifth-highest single-season completion total (150) in school history, the seventh-best passing yardage total (1,792) and tied for the seventh-most attempts (251) ... Did not start season opener at Cal ... Injured throwing shoulder in first half at No. 23 Colorado and did not play against No. 20 Kansas State ... Returned against Texas Tech and completed 23-of-35 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown ... His marks for completions and attempts against the Red Raiders were career-bests ... Finished ninth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency (117.3) ... Had the third-highest one-game passing total in Baylor history, and the best since 1984, with a 22-for-32, career-best 359-yard performance against Kansas ... Led the Bears to 11 points in the game's final two minutes in 35-32 win over the Jayhawks ... Threw two TD passes and caught a 20-yard TD pass against KU ... Threw for over 200 yards in Baylor's first two games, giving him three straight 200-yard games for first time in career ... Tossed an 85-yard scoring strike to Reggie Newhouse at Cal, the fifth-longest pass play in school history.

2001: Appeared in final two contests, including a start against Southern Illinois in the season finale, to earn his first letter ... Came off the bench against Oklahoma State to complete 14-of-22 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns ... Finished season with a 22-of-31, 331-yard passing performance against SIU that made him the first Baylor quarterback in 10 years to record a 300-yard passing effort ... Threw three touchdowns and had one interception versus the Salukis.

2000: Sat out the season as a redshirt ... Named to fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

High School: Spring High School, Spring, Texas ... Preseason third-team selection on the Texas Football Super Team ... Listed among Texas' Top 100 by the Waco Tribune-Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and ... District MVP completed 188-of-300 passes (62.6 percent) for 2,404 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior ... Finished career by passing for a school record 5,101 yards, 48 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 621 attempts ... Only finalist for both the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards ... Rated the state's third-best quarterback by Texas Football magazine ... Second-team all-state as a senior also earned All-Greater Houston honors ... Coached by his father, Sonny Karas, at the District 16-5A school.

Personal: The son of Sonny and Janifer Karas, Aaron Paul Karas was born July 13, 1981, in El Paso, Texas ... Speech communication major.

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