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Football To Hold Spring Drills March 1-April 6


Feb. 26, 2013

WACO, Texas --Baylor football will open spring drills Friday, March 1, and conclude the 15-practice workouts Saturday, April 6, with a controlled scrimmage. The scrimmage and all spring workouts will take place at the Highers Complex practice fields located behind the Simpson Center on University Parks Drive.

Baylor spring practice dates are scheduled for March 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, April 2, 4, 5 and 6. Fan inquiries about attending workouts may be directed to the football office at 254-710-3058.

Head coach Art Briles opens his sixth season in 2013 with a squad made up of 49 returning lettermen from 2012 and welcomes four scholarship newcomers during spring drills (mid-year junior college signee Gus Penning, a tight end from Riverside Community College; early enrollee Chris Johnson, a quarterback from Bryan [Texas] High School; and two enrollees from BU's 2012 signing class: nickelback Kiante' Griffin of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, and defensive end Brian Nance of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas).

The 2013 Bears roster includes 15 returning starters (six offensive, seven defensive and two specialists) from last year's Holiday Bowl championship team that finished 8-5 and won its final four games. Baylor's record-setting offense set or tied 37 school records and two NCAA marks. The Bears have won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in 25 years.

Baylor opens the season Aug. 31 when it hosts Wofford at Floyd Casey Stadium. The 2013 season will be Baylor's 63rd and final in "The Case" before moving into new Baylor Stadium along the Brazos River in 2014.

2012 Record: 8-5, 4-5 Big 12
2012 Final Ranking:  RV
2012 Bowl Appearance:  Holiday Bowl (champs)
Offensive System:  Spread
Defensive System:  Multiple
2012 Lettermen Ret.: 49 (20 O; 26 D; 3 ST)
2012 Lettermen Lost:  23 (12 O; 8 D; 3 ST)
2012 Starters Returning: 15 (6 O; 7 D; 2 ST)
2012 Starters Lost:  8 (5 O; 4 D; 0 ST)
First Year of Football:  1899
All-Time Football Record:  549-544-44 (.502)
Conference Titles (last):  6 (1994)
Bowl Appearances (last):  19 (2012)

Head Coach: Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
Record at BU:  33-30, 5 seasons
Career Record:  67-58, 10 seasons
Defensive Coordinator: Phil Bennett
Offensive Coordinator/QBs: Philip Montgomery
Running Game Coordinator/OL:  Randy Clements
Passing Game Coordinator/WRs: Kendal Briles
Associate Head Coach/Safeties: Brian Norwood
Defensive Line: Chris Achuff
Cornerbacks: Carlton Buckels
Linebackers:  Jim Gush
Running Backs: Jeff Lebby
Assistant AD/Operations:  Colin Shillinglaw

Official Athletic Website:
Twitter: @BUFootball, @BaylorAthletics
Facebook: Baylor Athletics

Office Phone:  254-710-2743
Associate AD/Communications: Heath Nielsen
Cell: 254-709-4237 / Twitter: @HeathNielsen
Assistant Dir./Communications: Sean Doerre
Cell: 254-640-4613 / Twitter: @Sean_Doerre

Location: Waco, Texas
Chartered:  1845, by the Republic of Texas
Enrollment:  15,029
President:  Ken Starr
Faculty Representative:  Michael Rodgers, J.D.
Director of Athletics:  Ian McCaw
Nickname:  Bears
Colors:  Green (PMS 560) & Gold (1235)
Stadium:  Floyd Casey (50,000/1950)
Surface:  Artificial (Prestige)
Conference:  Big 12



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