Aug. 17, 2004
Baylor head football coach Guy Morriss was pleased with his team's performance on the field Tuesday, but the Bears received bad news when they learned that sophomore defensive tackle M.T. Robinson will be sidelined between four to six weeks while recovering from surgery scheduled Wednesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Robinson injured his knee during last Saturday's controlled scrimmage.
"That's a big blow for our team because he started every game for us a year ago, but it is at a position where we have a little depth at," said Morriss. "But, if you start to lose a couple of those guys, that's when it really begins to take a toll on us."
Robinson started all 12 games at defensive tackle for the 2003 Bears and finished 11th on the team in tackles with 30 stops, 22 of which were solo tackles. He also finished fourth on the squad in tackles for loss with seven for 38 yards lost and is the second returning Baylor starter to be sidelined by injury this fall, joining sophomore offensive tackle Nick Pace, who is recovering from off-season back surgery.
Other players who missed Tuesday's workout included defensive end/tight end Luke Groth (back), defensive tackle Julian Hill (shoulder), linebacker Tyler Lindstrom (broken hand), running back Brandon Whitaker (knee strain), fullback Jonathan Sisk (hamstring), offensive lineman Will Blaylock (knee), defensive back Brandon Hereford (groin) and defensive back Desmond Jenkins (shoulder).
"We've got the normal bumps and bruises, but other than M.T.'s (Robinson) injury, we are in pretty good shape for this point in fall camp," Morriss said.
There was good news on the Baylor injury front, however, as sophomore wide receiver Trent Shelton returned to practice after being sidelined with a sore hamstring.
Baylor worked for two hours in shells on the Floyd Casey Stadium practice fields Tuesday afternoon and Morriss termed his team's performance as good.
"I thought they were really focused and the tempo was good on both sides," Morriss said. "We just have to keep on grinding. I hate to keep saying that over and over, but that's what we are all about."
The Bears are scheduled for their third two-a-day session of fall camp on Wednesday, with two-hour workouts slated for 9:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. All practices are open to the public.