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Heat Greets Baylor Football Team

Aug. 5, 2007

The legendary Central Texas heat greeted the Baylor football team during its helmet and shoulder pad Sunday evening on the grass fields at Floyd Casey Stadium.

"I thought we competed OK, but we didn't execute offensively real good," said Baylor head coach Guy Morriss. "We had some drops and fumbled the ball. We just got a little sloppy, maybe the heat or the grind got to us a little bit on that side of the ball. We are trying to look at a lot of people."

Morriss and his staff have utilized the first four camp practices to evaluate the newcomers and look at various combinations on the field in order to build depth.

"When you are moving people in and out, especially the freshmen, you have some breakdowns which make you look bad," Morriss said. "But, in order to get them better you have to stick them in there and keep repping them."

"It's good for them to get out here and work," he added. "The defense is really swarming and that pressure makes the pipe burst. We are trying to put as much pressure on them as we can because we have to find out if they can handle it or not. How do you know if you don't put them into those situations?"

As has been the case the past couple of evenings, sophomore Blake Szymanski (Wichita Falls, Texas) turned in another solid evening practice.

"I thought Blake (Szymanski) had another pretty good night," Morriss said. "Maybe he's emerging as they guy. It's really too early to tell, though. There is a lot of camp left. We haven't given up on anybody, let's put it that way."

The Bears had a walk-through workout Sunday morning and came back in the afternoon for a seminar with MVP Sports Media Training before heading into position meetings and taking the field for their fourth practice of camp at night.

Baylor returns to the field Monday at 6 p.m. in preparation for its Sept. 1 opener at TCU.



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