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Bears Grind On

Aug. 13, 2007

After an off day Sunday, the Baylor football team returned to practice Monday evening with a 150-minute full pad workout on the grass practice fields at Floyd Casey Stadium. It marked the team's 11th fall camp workout.

"I thought it was a good practice," said Baylor head coach Guy Morriss. "We gave them yesterday off and I think they came back out fresher and they were moving around pretty good. So, we were pleased with their energy."

The Bears worked without three of their top four receivers during Saturday's scrimmage, but they welcomed juniors Mikail Baker (hamstring) and Thomas White (sore quad), as well as sophomore David Gettis (hamstring) and freshman Krys Buerck (hamstring) back into the fold. All four were able to go through the majority of Monday's practice and for Buerck, it was his first action in camp after missing the first 10 workouts with a hamstring injury he sustained in the Oil Bowl All-Star Game.

"I guess most of them (the injured receivers) were three-quarters speed at least," Morriss said. "I talked to Mike (Sims, Baylor's head trainer) and we'll probably in the next day or two they'll be released to go full speed."

With sophomore quarterback Blake Szymanski sidelined with an ankle sprain and senior Michael Machen and junior John David Weed both trying to adjust to Baylor's spread offense, redshirt freshman Tyler Beatty took all of the snaps with the Bears' offense during the team portion of Monday's workout.

"What I want to see is how poised a guy is when the rush is coming at him and I thought Tyler (Beatty) did well today in the team period," Morriss said. "The question is, while he had a good day, now let's see what he does tomorrow because we've had this up and down thing going on all camp long. I'm not going to get too excited. It was nice for him to have a great day and I talked to him after practice about it.

"I congratulated him (Beatty) on the day he had, but now let me see what you are going to do tomorrow morning and then come back tomorrow night and do it again Wednesday," he added. "I'm looking for some more consistency in the quarterback play. I know that the message has been sent to John David and Michael and I wanted to make sure Tyler understands that's what I'm looking for--someone who can come in and do it on a consistent day-to-day basis. He (Beatty) understands that so right now we'll feed him as much as we can and see how he responds."

Senior defensive end Geoff Nelson (left ankle sprain), sophomore offensive tackle Thad Boatner (right knee strain), freshman linebacker Chris Francis (left knee strain), senior offensive guard Ricky Hasoon (back) and Szymanski (right ankle sprain) were all sidelined for Monday's practice.

The Bears will workout twice on Tuesday, practicing at 9:30 a.m. in full pads before returning for a 6 p.m. workout in shells to conclude the first of two, two-a-day practice sessions this week.

Note: Baylor's annual Meet the Bears Day is scheduled for Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. inside Floyd Casey Stadium.



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