True freshman Zach Smith to replace Russell for Saturday’s game against Kansas State.
NCAA Football: Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
USATSI Gallery - Baylor @ Kansas State
USATSI Gallery: Oklahoma at Baylor Photos
Dec. 27, 2016
Photos from Baylor @ No. 14 West Virginia on December 3, 2016.
2016 (Freshman): Played in nine of 13 games and started last four games at quarterback ... Ranked 42nd in FBS and fifth in Big 12 in passing efficiency (139.3) ... Ranked 36th in FBS and fifth in Big 12 in passing yards per completion (13.16) ... Ranked 38th in FBS and sixth in Big 12 with 7.79 yards per pass attempt ... Threw for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in all four starts ... Started, completed 28 passes on 39 attempts with 375 yards, career-high-tying three TDs and one interception, adding seven rushes for two yards vs. Boise State ... Started, went 15-for-31 for 244 yards, two TDs and two INTs at No. 13 West Virginia ... Started, set career highs with 30 completions, 46 attempts, 377 yards and three TDs while throwing one interception vs. Texas Tech ... Started, posted 27 completions, 45 attempts, 258 yards and career-high three TDs while throwing first three career interceptions vs. Kansas State ... Entered game in third quarter at No. 9 Oklahoma after Seth Russell suffered season-ending ankle injury, posted six completions, 15 attempts, 144 yards and 1 TD pass -- a career-long 62 yard strike -- while also rushing two times for negative six yards and first career rushing TD ... Went 0-for-1 passing in limited action vs. TCU in fourth quarter ... Went 4-for-8 for 63 yards, rushed three times for eight yards vs. Kansas ... Did not play vs. Oklahoma State, at Iowa State and at Texas ... Late insert in Rice game, went 1-for-3 passing for five yards ... Came into game in fourth quarter vs. SMU, went 0-for-1 passing ... Entered season-opener vs. Northwestern State in second quarter, completed five of seven passes for 60 yards and one TD. ... 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team.
High School: National top 300 recruit from Grandview (Texas) High School ... All-American quarterback and three-time all-state honoree, rated nation's 224th best overall prospect on ESPN300 ... Named Semper Fidelis All-American ... Rated No. 333 overall national recruit on PrepStar Top 350 All-America listing ... Record-setting QB under head coach Casey Walraven, also two-time all-state pitcher at GHS ... Career passing yards (10,217) and TDs (113) rank among top 10 in Texas high school football history ... Ranked No. 309 overall recruit by 247Sports.com ... National position rating: No. 10 by ESPN, No. 11 by Rivals, No. 12 by 247Sports, No. 24 by Scout ... Top 50 recruit in Texas: 26th on Lone Star 100, top 30 on Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100, 35th by ESPN, 40th on Austin American-Statesman Fabulous 55, 41st by Rivals, 43rd by 257Sports, 47th on Dave Campbell Texas Football Top 150 ... All-time leader in all passing categories at Grandview ... Finished three-year varsity career with 10,217 yards and 113 TDs passing and 482 yards and 11 scores rushing ... Selected 2015 second-team Class 3A All-State after leading GHS to 12-1 record and to regional finals as senior (team averaged 48.9 ppg) ... Threw for 3,877 yards and 46 TDs (8 interceptions) on 251-of-375 passing (67 percent), added 334 yards and six TDs on 92 rushes ... Named 2015 District 9-3A Offensive MVP and All-Johnson County MVP ... Earned 2014 Class 3A All-State honorable mention, first-team All-District 9-3A and Johnson County Co-Offensive Player of Year honors as junior ... Totaled 3,399 yards and 34 TDs (seven interceptions) on 200-of-301 passing and 149 yards and five scores on 48 rushes ... Earned national player of week honors after GHS win over Maypearl, threw for 491 yards, eight TDs and no interceptions (20-for-25) ... Named 2013 honorable mention Class 2A All-State and District 12-2A Offensive Newcomer of Year as sophomore after leading Grandview to 9-3 record and area finals ... Passed for 2,940 yards and 33 TDs ... Standout in baseball for GHS, earned 2014 and 2013 Class 2A All-State honorable mention at pitcher, also twice named district MVP (earned 2013 first-team All-District 10-2A honors as sophomore infielder) ...Three-time academic all-district honoree.
Personal: Son of Shawn and Kim Smith ... Major is communications.