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Baylor Football Team Completes Next To Last Practice Before Classes Begin

Aug. 17, 2007

With classes on the Baylor campus starting next Monday, the Baylor football team drilled for two hours Friday evening on the grass practice fields in helmets and shoulder pads.

"It was a good day, we dodged the rain and lightening," said Baylor head coach Guy Morriss. "We got our work done, but I think we lost our focus a little bit. I know the kids are anxious to get out of camp and they may be thinking about tomorrow. I think the defense bounced back in team, they came after us pretty hard. We lost our composure a little bit offensively, but we did manage to put one in the end zone so that was positive."

Freshman defensive end Antonio Johnson was on the field Friday night after being cleared earlier in the day by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Johnson, who prepped at Waco (Texas) High School, will be able to put full pads on next Wednesday after going through the NCAA acclimation period.

"We are excited about Antonio (Johnson) being here," Morriss said. "He's a little bit behind mentally, but we are going to do our best to get him caught up from a positional standpoint. He's going to help us on special teams, there's not a lot of learning in that. It's who can run and who's willing hit and he's certainly going to do that for us. You'll see him on those special teams quite a bit."

The Bears will hold position meetings on Saturday morning then check out of their hotel and move into the dorms in the afternoon before participating in the annual Meet the Bears Day from 4-5:30 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. The team will then hold a full-pad workout on the stadium turf starting at 6 p.m.

"It won't be an all out scrimmage (Saturday), but we'll do a heavy thud for about 30 minutes and the whole thing will last about 90 minutes if I'm pleased and get the kind of work I want we'll cut them lose and they'll have a time to start resting up and class starts Monday so we'll have to push them through that one," Morriss said. "We are going to get in there and bang for the last time and take a look at some people. The veterans probably won't take a lot of reps tomorrow night we know what they can do so we want to take a look at some of the young guys and give them a final chance to show us they can be players."

Notes: Junior WR Thomas White (sore quad), sophomore QB Blake Szymanski (ankle sprain), senior DE Geoff Nelson (left ankle sprain), sophomore OT Thad Boatner (right knee strain), freshman linebacker Chris Francis (left knee strain) sophomore WR David Gettis (hamstring) and DE Jameon Hardeman (sprained ankle), all missed Friday's practice ... Morriss indicated that Szymanski may be close to full-speed by Monday when the Bears workout at 6 p.m. ... In the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Friday, Baylor ranked third among Big 12 universities and 75th overall behind only The University of Texas at Austin (No. 44) and No. 62 Texas A&M.



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