Bryce Petty threw for 550 yards and three touchdowns in Cotton Bowl loss to the Spartans.
Baylor returns 15 starters and 47 letterman from last season's Holiday Bowl champion team.
No. 4 Football vs. No. 7 Michigan State (USA Today)
Enormous fifth-year senior tight end… Gained national notoriety during 2015 Cotton Bowl when 18-yard TD reception earned nation-wide coverage and replays (named to Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team)… Former offensive lineman used as backfield blocker and tight end in latter portion of 2014 season… Athletic big man with large hands, light on his feet... Bench presses 500 pounds, 37 reps at 225 pounds... Clocked at 5.42 40-yard dash... Selected to spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Has benched 480 pounds.
2014 (Junior): Played all 13 games as junior for 2014 Big 12 champions… Played special teams and reserve offensive lineman, utilized as blocker in goal-line formations and tight end over latter third of season… Selected TE on Sports Illustrated’s 2014-15 All-Bowl team… Totaled five knockdowns and 82.8 percent coaches grade in six games played as reserve lineman on season… Made one reception for 18 yards and TD… Graded 83 percent and made two knockdowns in seasonopening win over SMU… Had season-highs of three knockdowns and 86 percent grade in win over Northwestern State in second game… Played mostly special teams and sparingly at o-lineman over subsequent five games… Earned 80 percent grade with no knockdowns in win over Kansas in eighth game… Graded 82 percent (zero knockdowns) in win at No. 16 Oklahoma, his final appearance on offensive line… Broke onto national scene when caught 18-yard TD (career-first reception) from Bryce Petty in third quarter of Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State
2013 (Sophomore): Played all 13 games, on special teams and as reserve offensive lineman... Earned first career letter... Totaled 84 percent coaches grade and 22 knockdowns in eight games played from scrimmage... Named to spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Played on line in seven of first nine games, played exclusively on special teams over final four games... Made career debut in season-opening win over Wofford, had three knockdowns and graded 82 percent... Made three knockdowns and earned 84 percent coaches grade in win over Buffalo in second game... Earned season-high 86 percent grade with three knockdowns in win over ULM in third game... Matched season-high 86 percent grade and made four knockdowns in win over West Virginia in fourth game... Had season-high five knockdowns and graded 83 percent in win over Iowa State in sixth game.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Dressed for four games but did not play as redshirt freshman in 2012... Dressed for first three games as well as fifth game (vs. TCU), but did not see action.
2011 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Big all-state offensive lineman from Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas... Four-year, three-way starter on offensive line, defensive line and place-kicking... Rated No. 92 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com and No. 118 by Scout.com... Rated No. 22 offensive tackle prospect in state on TexasHSFootball.com's Top 200 Texas listing... Listed among "Best of the Rest" offensive linemen on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 recruit listing... 2010 first-team Class 1A All-State selection on offensive line as senior by TheOldCoach.com... 2010 first-team All-District 3-1A in three positions: offensive guard, defensive line and place-kicker... 2010 first-team All-West Texas by TheOldCoach.com... Earned 2009 first-team all-area honors as junior from Amarillo Globe-News... Also participated in basketball and track and field at Boys Ranch... Won 2010 Class 1A state championship in shot put (55-5.25).
Personal: Son of N'Teesha Smith... Full name is LaQuan Sherard McGowan... Born March 4, 1993, in Dallas, Texas... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.