March 28, 2013
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider
Art Briles is convinced that the best scrimmage is one where neither side leaves totally happy.
That was the case in a 95-play scrimmage on Thursday that saw the Baylor defense come up with some stops and the offense hit its share of big plays, including a 63-yard TD strike from quarterback Bryce Petty to receiver Antwan Goodley.
"I saw some stops; I saw some scores. Neither side is completely happy," said Baylor's sixth-year head coach. "But that's what you want, because that means you've got a football team when you don't have one side dominating the other."
Following up on his 326-yard passing day in Saturday's scrimmage, Petty hit 18-of-25 passes (72.0 percent) for 251 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as the first- and second-team offenses combined for 577 yards on 95 plays (6.1-yard average).
"Bryce has always had it," said junior inside receiver Clay Fuller, who had six catches for 104 yards. "All he needed was an opportunity, and that's what he's getting."
Petty threw TD passes of 32 and 63 yards to Antwan Goodley, who led the way with 115 yards on five catches, and then capped his day with another 32-yarder to Jay Lee. Leading the second-team offense, redshirt freshman Seth Russell was 14-of-22 for 169 yards and connected with Lynx Hawthorne on a 23-yard TD pass.
The offense also struggled at times with some three-and-out series, lacking the kind of consistency that Briles said the Bears have to have.
"From an offensive standpoint, you've got to know what to expect before it happens, determined by the play call and the position on the field and down and distance and what the defense is showing you," Briles said. "That's what we're after. I thought the offense flashed a little bit and the defense flashed some, which is really what should happen. You should trade blows. You want both teams making plays, and that's what happened."
Sophomore defensive lineman Jamal Palmer had three sacks and a fumble recovery to lead the second-team unit, while linebackers Eddie Lackey and Bryce Hager had seven tackles apiece on the No. 1 defense.
"We're on the same page, feeding off each other and making excellent calls together," Hager said. "And we're playing great up front."
The first-team offensive line has had to shuffle around after losing starting right tackle Troy Baker to an ACL knee injury on Monday. Stefan Huber moved from right guard back to center, while Kelvin Palmer shifted back from center to right tackle, and sophomore Desmine Hilliard is now at right guard.
"It's tough when you lose one of your own," Huber said. "That's a serious injury, an ACL, and he's going to be out for a while. But we still have to rise up and get better."
Briles said the offensive linemen are "like everybody else. . . . If you're on the field, you've got to contribute."
After relying more on the passing game to keep the chains moving through the early part of the scrimmage, the Bears focused more on the running game on the last few series and grinded out some tough yards. Glasco Martin led the way with 60 yards on eight carries, while Lache Seastrunk picked up 42 yards on 12 totes.
The Bears will take off the next four days for Easter weekend before returning to the practice field on Tuesday, April 2. Baylor wraps up the 15-practice spring training with a scrimmage on Saturday, April 6.
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Antwan Goodley - 5-115, 2TDs; Clay Fuller - 6-104; Lynx Hawthorne - 6-51, TD; Jay Lee - 3-44, TD; Shock Linwood - 3-25; Gus Penning - 1-28; Levi Norwood - 4-23; Tevin Reese - 2-18; B.J. Allen - 2-12 .
Orion Stewart - 8; Eddie Lackey - 7; Bryce Hager - 7; Jamal Palmer - 6; Suleiman Masumbuko - 6; Terrell Burt - 6; Joe Williams - 5; Ahmad Dixon - 4; Javonte Magee - 4; Kendall Ehrlich - 3; Ryan Reid - 3; Terrance Lloyd - 3; Prince Kent - 2; Darius Jones - 2; Demetri Goodson - 2; K.J. Morton - 2; Patrick Llevels - 2; Aiavion Edwards - 2; Beau Blackshear - 1; Sam Holl - 1; Chris McAllister - 1; Shawn Oakman - 1; Xavien Howard - 1; Zorrell Ezell - 1
Jamal Palmer - 1
Goodley 32 pass from Petty (pass failed)
Hawthorne 23 pass from Russell (Jones kick)
Goodley 63 pass from Petty (Jones kick)
Lee 32 pass from Petty (Jones kick)
Jones 34 FG
Jones 24 FG