BAYLOR (2-1, 0-0) at No. 5 TEXAS (3-0, 0-0)
Oct. 2, 2004 11:30 a.m. CDT
Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (80,082) Austin, Texas
Baylor begins Big 12 Conference play Saturday, traveling to Austin, Texas, for a showdown with fifth-ranked Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CDT at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on a pay-per-view basis; fans interested in purchasing the telecast for $29.95 should contact their local programming provider for availabilty in their area.
The Bears (2-1, 0-0) have won two straight after topping North Texas 37-14 last Saturday night in Waco. The Longhorns (3-0, 0-0) have started with three consecutive wins for the third time in four seasons after a 35-13 victory last Saturday at home against Rice.
Baylor and Texas meet for the 94th time on the gridiron; the Longhorns hold a 67-22-4 advantage in the series, which dates back to a 23-0 Texas victory Oct. 29, 1901, in Waco. Texas has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including six straight. Baylor's last victory against UT was a 23-21 decision at home in 1997. The Bears have not won in Austin since 1991 (21-11).
The Bears are in their second season under the direction of head coach Guy Morriss, who has compiled a four-year career record of 14-24 and a 5-10 mark in two seasons at Baylor. Seventh-year Texas head coach Mack Brown, a 1974 Florida State graduate, is 62-17 while at UT and 148-91-1 in 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
BAYLOR-TEXAS GAME AVAILABLE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
Saturday's Baylor-Texas game will be broadcast live on pay-per-view thanks to Big 12 Special Order Sports, a division of FOX Sports Net Southwest. Suggested retail value for the broadcast package is $29.95. Fans should check with their local programming provider for availability.
Bill Land, host of FSN's weekly Big 12 Showcase, handles play-by-play duties, former New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons provides color analysis and John Rhadigan patrols the sidelines.
The game also will be replayed on FSN Southwest throughout the network's Texas-Oklahoma-Arkansas-Louisiana coverage area Monday, Oct. 4 at 2 a.m. CDT.
BAYLOR-MISSOURI GAME TIME SET; ALSO ON TV
Baylor's Oct. 9 game against Missouri at Floyd Casey Stadium has been selected for a national television broadcast on FOX Sports Net. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. CDT.
Saturday is the 94th meeting between Baylor and Texas in football, the third-most played series in Baylor football history behind only TCU (103) and Texas A&M (100). This is the second-earliest date Baylor and Texas have ever played; only the Sept. 25, 1999, game was earlier. This is the first time Texas has played Baylor before playing Oklahoma since the Bears wrecked the Longhorns' perfect 1923 season with a 7-7 tie. ... Texas has won six consecutive meetings since Baylor's 23-21 victory at Floyd Casey Stadium in 1997. The Bears have not won at Austin since a 21-11 decision in 1991. Ironically, Texas made coaching changes at the conclusion of both seasons. ... The Longhorns have posted 22 shutouts in the series, including each of the past two meetings, while the Bears have shutout the Horns four times, the last coming in 1980 (16-0). Texas has held Baylor scoreless each of the last 10 quarters. ... This marks the 26th time the Bears have faced the Longhorns as a top-10 opponent; Texas has won 21 of the previous 25 such meetings with three Baylor victories (1951, 1978, 1984) and one tie (1941). Baylor's last victory over a top-10 UT team was a 24-10 victory at home against the sixth-ranked Longhorns in 1984. ... The fifth-highest passing yardage game in Baylor history came against Texas when the Bears threw for 351 yards against UT in 1974. Neal Jeffrey finished the game 20-of-31 with all 351 yards, the fourth-best individual game total in school history. ... Lawrence Elkins snagged 12 receptions against the Longhorns in 1963 to tie the Baylor single-game record. ... Jerod Douglas galloped 210 yards on 20 carries against Texas in 1994 and established a Baylor single-game record which still stands. ... In 1989, Baylor defeated Texas 50-7, the most lopsided Bears' victory in the series. That also marks the fifth-most points scored by a Baylor team in a conference game and the fifth-largest margin of victory in a conference game. ... Baylor's second-largest margin of defeat was against Texas when the Longhorns shutout the Bears 77-0 in 1913. That also was the second-most points ever scored against a Baylor team.
ANDREWS, DAVIS, LANE EARN WEEKLY HONORS
OS Willie Andrews and DB Braelon Davis earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday. Meanwhile, FS Maurice Lane was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning News.
Andrews, a junior outside safety from Longview, Texas, was named defensive player of the week, while Davis, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Dallas, Texas, was selected as special teams player of the week. It marks the first time in the nine-season history of the Big 12 that two Baylor players earned the conference's weekly honor in the same week.
Andrews tallied five tackles in Saturday's 37-14 victory over North Texas at Floyd Casey Stadium, three of which were behind the line. That tally included two sacks as Andrews set personal career highs for tackles for loss and sacks. The All-America candidate also had three quarterback hurries and forced a fumble.
Davis provided Baylor's first touchdown of the game when he blocked a UNT punt at the goal line and then recovered it in the end zone. It was Davis' first career blocked kick and his first career touchdown. It was the second non-offensive score of the season for the Bears and Baylor's eighth non-offensive score since the beginning of the 2003 season.
Lane, a junior free safety from Killeen, Texas, led the Bears with 13 tackles, 12 of which were solo efforts. He and Andrews led a defensive unit that held North Texas to one first down and 30 yards of total offense in the second half. Lane becomes the first Bear to receive the Dallas Morning News' weekly honor since Derrick Cash was so honored after last year's upset of Colorado.
QUICK SLANTS ...
The win over North Texas gives Baylor a non-conference record above .500 for the first time since 2001 and just the fourth time in the last nine seasons. Other non-league marks above .500 came in 1996 (3-0) 2000 (2-1) and 2001 (2-1). Baylor was 2-2 in non-league play a year ago.
Baylor scored two first-quarter TDs in both the Texas State game and the North Texas game. That marks the first time the Bears have scored at least two first-quarter TDs in consecutive games since the Tulsa and Kansas games in 2002.
Starting with the North Texas game, Baylor plays seven of its last nine games against 2003 bowl participants. Baylor's eight Big 12 foes are a combined 20-5 (.800) heading into games this weekend.
Through three games, Baylor quarterbacks have completed 60.4 percent of their passes. The Bears established a school record last year, completing 56.7 percent of their pass attempts.
OS Willie Andrews is tied for sixth in the Big 12 and 54th nationally with 9.0 yards per punt return. He ranks third in the conference and 18th nationally with 26.6 yards per kickoff return. Andrews also ranks 12th in the Big 12 and 82nd nationally with 104.0 all-purpose yards per game.
PK Kenny Webb has converted 35 consecutive PAT attempts during his career. He has never missed a PAT attempt as a collegiate kicker.
LB Justin Crooks is tied for 16th in the Big 12 with 7.0 tackles per game; he is eighth in the conference among linebackers. Crooks also ranks second in the conference with 0.7 fumbles forced per game and tied for fourth with 0.3 fumbles recoverd per game.
Crooks has recorded four or more tackles in 14 straight games and five or more tackles in 12 of 13 games. He has started 16 straight games for the Bears and had a career-high tying 10 tackles (third time) against UAB in the season opener.
WR Trent Shelton has caught at least one pass in 14 consecutive games with at least two catches in seven consecutive contests.
WR Dominique Zeigler has caught more passes in the past two games (10) than he had all of last season (eight). Zeigler has 13 receptions in three games this season and is tied for ninth in the Big 12 with 4.33 receptions per game.
WR Marques Roberts has snagged at least one pass in 16 of his last 17 outings, including each of his last six. He has started 15 straight games for the Bears at wide out. Roberts needs 18 receptions to crack Baylor's all-time top 10 list and 231 yards to become the school's 21st career 1,000-yard receiver.
14 different Bears have grabbed at least one pass this season. A year ago, 15 different players had at least one catch over the 12-game season.
Baylor is 4-0 when RB Jonathan Golden rushes for 50 or more yards in a game during his career.
FS Maurice Lane has recorded five or more tackles in 10 consecutive games, including double-digit totals seven times in that span and 20 tackles in the last two contests. Lane has started every game (26) of his career in the Baylor secondary.
Lane is tied for fourth in the Big 12 with 8.3 tackles per game, second in the conference among defensive backs. He had 13 tackles against North Texas, the most by a Big 12 player this season.
Lane has now recorded double-digit tackles 10 times in his 26-game Baylor career. All of his double-figure tackle efforts have come over his last 15 starts.
OS Willie Andrews has been credited with five or more tackles in 11 of his last 12 outings. He has started 15 consecutive games for Baylor.
OL Quintin Outland has started 29 consecutive games for the Bears along the offensive line and played in all 38 games of his BU career.
QB Dane King is the 18th signal caller in Baylor history to pass for two 200-yard games.
KOS Ryan Havens had five touchbacks in eight kic-offs against North Texas. For the season he has 10 touchbacks in 16 kickoffs (64.4 percent).
PK Kenny Webb has moved into 10th place on Baylor's career kick scoring list with 68 points. He also has moved into a tie for 10th on Baylor's career chart with 11 field goals.
After allowing 56 points in the season opener against UAB, Baylor's defense allowed just 31 points over the next two games. The Bears held both Texas State and North Texas under 300 yards of total offense.
BRADLEY RETURNS TO TEXAS
Saturday's game at Texas is a homecoming of sorts for Baylor defensive coordinator Bill Bradley. In his first season with the Baylor program, Bradley enjoyed a standout playing career at Texas from 1965 to 1968 under the tutelage of Darrell Royal. Bradley played quarterback and defensive back and handled punting duties for the Longhorns. He was a tri-captain of the 1968 team that went 9-1-1, tied for the Southwest Conference title, ranked in the top five of both major polls and beat Tennessee 36-13 in the Cotton Bowl. Bradley returned to UT as a volunteer assistant coach in 1987.
BAYLOR IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Baylor is 44-39-4 (.529) all-time in conference openers, but 2-6 in Big 12 Conference openers. However, the Bears have won each of their last two Big 12 openers, defeating Kansas 35-32 in 2002 and Colorado 42-30 last season.
In 79 seasons as a member of the Southwest Conference, Baylor was 42-33-4 (.557) in league openers. The Bears won six of their last seven, 10 of their last 12 and 14 of their last 17 such games.
This is the fifth time Baylor has opened Big 12 play on the road. Each of the previous four Big 12 openers away from home resulted in losses (1996 at Texas Tech, 1998 at Colorado, 1999 at Oklahoma, 2001 at Iowa State). This is the first time Baylor has faced Texas to open its Big 12 slate.
SEPULVEDA SECOND NATIONALLY IN PUNTING
Through games of Sept. 25, P Daniel Sepulveda sits second in the NCAA statistical rankings with an average of 48.6 yards per punt. A Ray Guy Award nominee, Sepulveda trails only Michigan State's Brandon Fields (49.8) and is well ahead of BYU's Matt Payne (46.25). The next-highest ranking Big 12 punter is Colorado's John Torp (seventh, 45.1). Sepulveda and Torp are the only Big 12 punters averaging at least 45.0 yards per punt. Preseason Guy Award favorite Dustin Colquitt of Tennessee has averaged 44.9 yards per punt, but with only 11 punts in three games also does not qualify for the NCAA rankings.
Eight of Sepulveda's 11 punts have traveled at least 50 yards, and a ninth was kicked from the opponent's 40 and coffined at the 3. Over the last two games, Sepulveda has averaged 51.5 yards per punt.
Through three games, Sepulveda has nine punts of 50-plus yards and one punt of 60-plus yards. He is sixth in school history with 35 career punts of 50-plus yards, 34.0 percent of his punts and 12 shy of Ron Stowe's school record. He is eighth in school history with four career punts of 60-plus yards, 3.9 percent of his punts and six shy of Kyle Atteberry's school record. Sepulveda established the school single-season record with 26 punts of 50-plus yards last season, including three punts of 60-plus yards (tied for fourth at Baylor).
OPPORTUNISTIC BEARS FIND WAYS TO SCORE
When Braelon Davis blocked a North Texas punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown last week, it marked the eighth time under the direction of head coach Guy Morriss (since the beginning of the 2003 season) the Bears have posted a non-offensive score:
2003 vs. UAB -- James Todd blocked punt for safety
2003 vs. Colorado -- Jamaal Harper 7-yard fumble return (forced by Derrick Cash)
2003 at Kansas -- James Todd blocked punt recovery in end zone (blocked by Michael Boyd)
2003 at Kansas State -- Robert Quiroga 98-yard kickoff return
2003 vs. Texas Tech -- Robert Quiroga 100-yard kickoff return
2003 vs. Oklahoma State -- Willie Andrews 30-yard fumble return (forced by John Garrett)
2004 vs. Texas State -- Justin Crooks 9-yard fumble return (forced by Montez Murphy)
2004 vs. North Texas -- Braelon Davis blocked punt recovery in end zone (blocked by Davis)
ANDREWS ENTERS KICK, PUNT RETURN CHARTS
OS Willie Andrews continues to rapidly move up Baylor's career kick and punt return records charts. Andrews enters the Texas game with 43 career punt returns (ninth all-time at Baylor) for 358 yards (11th all-time at Baylor). His average of 8.33 yards per return ranks 10th in school history. He also has tallied 33 career kickoff returns (tied for 10th all-time at Baylor) for 827 yards (11th all-time at Baylor).
Last season, Andrews established school season records for total kick returns (55) and total kick return yards (873). He also set school single-game marks with eight kickoff returns for 196 yards against Texas A&M. In the season opener against UAB, Andrews tallied 171 yards on six kickoff returns, including a career-long 58-yard return.
NOTES FROM THE NORTH TEXAS GAME
The attendance of 33,619 was the largest non-conference crowd at Floyd Casey Stadium since Sept. 22, 2001 when the Baylor-New Mexico game drew a crowd of 38,396.
Baylor now leads the all-time series 12-1, with a record of 11-0 in Waco.
Baylor has out-scored North Texas 390-133 in the 13 meetings.
Baylor has won eight consecutive games against in-state non-conference opponents at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears' last such loss was an 18-17 defeat Sept. 5, 1981 against Lamar.
The Bears held North Texas to one first down and 30 yards of total offense in the second half.
Baylor scored two first-quarter touchdowns against a Division I-A non-conference opponent for the first time since scoring two first-quarter touchdowns Sept. 6, 1997 at Fresno State (failed two-point attempt on second touchdown).
Baylor's 14 first-quarter points are the most against a Division I-A non-conference opponent since the Bears scored 14 first-quarter Sept. 7, 1996 against Louisianna Tech.
Baylor scored 23 unanswered points after UNT's second-quarter TD. That marks the first time the Bears has scored 20-plus unanswered points against a Division I-A opponent since scoring 24 unanswered Sept. 8, 2001 in a 24-3 victory over Arkansas State.
Most total points against a non-conference opponent since Sept. 21, 2002, against Tulsa (37).
Baylor's first-quarter blocked punt was the Bears' first since Michael Boyd blocked a punt at Kansas in 2003; that punt also was recovered in the end zone for a TD (James Todd).
Baylor's 10 tackles for a loss and three sacks were season highs.
OS/LB Tyler Lindstrom made his first career start and recorded his first career sack.
WR Shaun Rochon made his first career kickoff return.
WR/QB Terrance Parks's 17-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest of his career. Parks also took his first two career snaps at QB, both resulting in quarterback draws.
DB Braelon Davis' blocked punt for a TD was his first career blocked punt and his first career TD.
RB Paul Mosley's 15-yard run in the second quarter was the longest of his career.
RB Paul Mosley's 84 rushing yards on 16 attempts were both career highs.
DB Maurice Lane snagged his first career interception to close the first half.
P Daniel Sepulveda coffined his second career punt inside the 5-yard line in the third quarter. His other coffin was against Colorado last season.
WR Dominique Zeigler snagged his first career TD reception on the first play of the fourth quarter.
PK Kenny Webb's career high three made field goals was the first time a Baylor kicker has connected on three or more field goals in a game since Kyle Atteberry had three Oct. 2, 1999, against North Texas.
Baylor recorded 2004 season offensive highs for points (37), first downs (24), rushing yards (158) and total offense yards (371) along with season lows for turnovers (1), penalties (6) and penalty yards (41) against North Texas.
Baylor's defense allowed 2004 lows for first downs (8), rush attempts (35), rush yards (98), completions (6), pass yards (126), total plays (54), total yards (224) and total points (14).
Baylor has won nine straight games when scoring 30 or more points since a 49-42 triple overtime loss to Missouri in Waco during the 1996 season.
PK Kenny Webb's kicking points total of 13 was a career high.
WELCOME BACK, TYLER
OS/LB Tyler Lindstrom returned to the field last week against North Texas after missing four weeks with a broken hand suffered during preseason camp. Lindstrom, a former walk-on who was a part of Baylor's strong special teams units last season, made only two tackles but both were for losses, including a five-yard sack. Now on scholarship, Lindstrom made his first career start against UNT.
PARKS RECEIVES TIME AWAY FROM QUARTERBACK
Redshirt freshman QB Terrance Parks is not waiting for his number to be called at signal caller to get on the field. Parks has played several snaps at receiver in the Bears' first three games. He has caught four passes for 39 yards and has rushed three times for five yards. He is among 10 quarterbacks nationally who are seeing time at other positions:
Jabari Arthur, Akron WR
Kendal Briles, Houston WR
Damion Carter, Southern Miss WR
Curt Dukes, Duke FB
Matt Lane, La.-Lafayette S
Bernard Morris, Marshall WR
Terrance Parks, Baylor WR
*Beau Pierce, San Jose State LS
Michael Robinson, Penn State WR
*Dale Rogers, San Jose State P
BAYLOR AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST TEAMS
With 96 underclassmen out of 135 players on its 2004 roster, Baylor ranks as the second-youngest team in Division I-A football behind only SMU. The Bears are 71.1 percent underclassmen, while SMU is 76.1 percent (86 of 113). Only one school has more underclassmen on its roster: Army, which lists 120 underclassmen on a roster of 178 players. North Carolina (92 of 135) is the only other team with at least 90 underclassmen.
Baylor's depth chart features 29 underclassmen out of 50 spots (two-deep at 25 positions). Seven underclassmen are listed as starters at their respective positions: WR Dominique Zeigler, DT Corey Ford, OS Maurice Linguist, CB James Todd, CB Anthony Arline, P Daniel Sepulveda and DS Jonathan Weeks.
FORMER WALK-ONS MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
This season's roster features 11 players who joined the program as walk-ons and have since earned scholarships. The group features three starters -- C Joseph DeWoody, DT Michael Gary and TE Marcus Venus -- along with P Daniel Sepulveda and PK Kenny Webb. Four others rank second or third at their respective positions on the Baylor depth chart -- WRs Baylor Barbee and Shaun Rochon, and DT Quincy Jenkins, DL Julian Hill and OS/LB Tyler Lindstrom. DB David Schieck also has established himself as a key member of Baylor's special teams units and could see spot action in the secondary.
Justin Crooks NAMED TO NAGURSKI WATCH LIST
Baylor senior LB Justin Crooks was one of 60 players named to the Football Writers Association of America's 2004 Bronko Nagurski National Watch List, which is a compilation of college football's best defensive players regardless of position. He and P Daniel Sepulveda were also named to the FWAA 2004 Preseason All-America Checklist.
The Bears' second-leading tackler as a junior in 2003, Crooks was credited with 72 stops a year ago, including 45 solos. He also ranked second on the team in tackles for loss with 9.5 for 21 yards, and had a quarterback sack, six quarterback hurries, a team-high three fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. In addition to being one of eight Big 12 players on the Nagurski Watch List, Crooks was a 2004 honorable mention preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith's magazine.
The winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club, will be named on Dec. 6 at a banquet in Charlotte, N.C. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will be the banquet's keynote speaker. The complete preseason watch list can be found at www.touchdownclub.com.
LANE, SEPULVEDA ALSO MAKE PRESEASON LISTS
Baylor junior FS Maurice Lane and sophomore P Daniel Sepulveda also earned preseason honorable mention All-America honors from Street & Smith's magazine.
Lane, an honorable mention All-Big 12 choice as a sophomore, led the 2003 Bears in tackles (129), solo tackles (89) and assisted stops (40). He ranked fifth in the Big 12 and 30th nationally with 10.75 tackles per game, while his 7.42 solo tackles per game led the Big 12 and ranked 13th nationally.
Rated as the nation's 15th-best free safety in The Sporting News' 2004 preseason magazine and a member of Street & Smith's Thorpe Award Watch List, Lane's 129 tackles equaled the seventh-best one-season total in school history (and were the most since James Francis' 129 total tackles in 1989), while his 89 solo tackles ranked as the third-best single-season total in school history behind Mike Singletary's performances in 1978 and 1979. He also earned 2004 preseason second-team All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News and Rivals.com, and he was ranked as the 29th-best player (regardless of position) and the fifth-best defensive back by College Football News.com.
Sepulveda was rated as the nation's 11th-best punter by The Sporting News and earned 2004 preseason first-team All-Big 12 honors from Street & Smith's, College Football News.com and Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, and second-team All-Big 12 recognition from The Sporting News, Athlon and Rivals.com, College Football News.com also tabbed Sepulveda as the Big 12's best overall kicker.
A 2004 Ray Guy Award candidate, Sepulveda, despite not having any previous punting experience, earned 2003 first-team All-Big 12 honors from College Football News.com and second-team recognition from the league's coaches as a redshirt freshman. Baylor's 2003 special teams MVP, he also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors and and was named to The Sporting News' freshman All-Big 12 squad while also earning honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition from Associated Press. Sepulveda ranked third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with his 43.1 yard punting average a year ago. He recorded a BU single-season record 26 punts of 50 or more yards and had at least one such punt in every game.
BAYLOR AGAIN RANKS HIGH IN GRADUATION RATES
According to the most-recent NCAA Graduation Report, the Baylor football program's 75 percent graduation rate again led the Big 12 Conference, marking the second consecutive year and the fourth time in the league's eight-year history that the program posted the league's best rate. BU also recorded the Big 12's top graduation rate for football student-athletes in 2002, 2000 and 1998.
Since the NCAA began tracking graduation data in 1991, the Baylor football program has averaged a graduation rate of nearly 65 percent. Over the last six seasons, however, more than 73 percent of the Bears have left with degree in hand.
Overall, Baylor owns a 72 percent rate for its student-athletes according to the most-recent NCAA s figures, which places it fourth in the Big 12 Conference. BU has led the Big 12 in overall student-athlete graduation rates four times and finished second on three occasions.
Four members of this year's team, fifth-year seniors FB Jonathan Evans, DE Khari Long and LB Michael Tolbert, and fifth-year junior WR John Martin have already earned their degrees.
COACHING STAFF BOASTS 186 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
The 2004 Baylor football coaching staff boasts a combined 186 years of coaching experience in the professional, collegiate and high school ranks. Seven members of this year's Baylor staff have worked for Guy Morriss since he first became a Division I-A head coach in 2001 at Kentucky.
Not only is the Baylor staff steeped in sideline experience, but it features three men, Morriss (one), defensive coordinator Bill Bradley (three) and receivers coach Harold Jackson (five), who combined to earn nine NFL All-Pro awards between them. Two others, Mark Nelson and Brent Pease, also enjoyed professional football playing careers.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Baylor's 2004 football roster includes the sons of five former Bears. Senior TE Luke Groth's father, Walter, lettered three years for the Bears from 1967-69; junior WR Ryan Jeffrey follows in the footsteps of his dad, Jay, who quarterbacked the Bears to the Southwest Conference title, uncle, Neal, the starting signal caller on BU's 1974 SWC title team, and his grandfather, James, a Baylor letterwinner in 1949 and 1950.
Redshirt freshman DB Braelon Davis' father, Bruce Davis (1981-83), was a standout wide receiver who earned four All-America awards as a sprinter and went on play in the NFL. Another redshirt freshman, walk-on DB Jason Reaux, is the son of Tommy Reaux (1967-69), a star defensive lineman for the Bears who was named to the school's 1960s All-Decade honor squad.
True freshman DB James Francis Jr. is the son of James Francis (1986-89), an All-America linebacker for the Bears in 1989 and a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals who spent nine seasons in the NFL. The junior Francis' uncle, Ron Francis, was a four-year letterman (1982-86) and two-time All-SWC performer at Baylor who would become a second-round pick of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and play four seasons for that organization.
SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS
The strongest facet of Baylor's 2003 team was the play of its special teams, which produced four scores on the season. The Bears' special team units provided two kickoff return touchdowns and a pair of blocked kicks returned for points (one for a safety and one for a touchdown).
Sophomore P Daniel Sepulveda, who had never punted prior to the 2003 season, ranked third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally (fifth among freshman punters) with his 43.1 yard average. The 2004 Ray Guy Award and All-America candidate's average ranks second among returning Big 12 punters and 18th among returning NCAA leaders.
In addition, junior OS Willie Andrews returns to solidify the Bears' return game. He ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 29th nationally in kickoff returns with his 24.65 average, and his 8.0 mark on punt returns was good for 10th in the Big 12 and 71st nationally.
Baylor averaged 22.9 yards per kickoff return in 2003, its highest average since a school-record 24.2 mark in 1995, and its 1,212 yards was a school record.
OVER THE AIR
Bear football games can be heard live on the Baylor Radio Network. The network includes 11 affiliates across Texas, including flagship stations KRZX-AM (1660/1580) in Waco. All Baylor games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, a veteran broadcaster in his 18th season. Former Baylor football standouts J.J. Joe (color analyst) and Ricky Thompson (sideline reporter) complete the broadcast team.
Baylor's official athletic web site can be found at www.BaylorBears.com. The comprehensive site, which includes releases, photos, biographical sketches and audio broadcasts, is part of the College Sports Online network. CSO currently hosts sites for more than 100 universities, including five Big 12 schools and the conference office.
BAYLOR GAMES ON THE INTERNET
The radio call from all of Baylor's games can be heard free of charge live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com.
INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS TV SHOW
Inside Baylor Sports, a half-hour look at the world of Baylor athletics, will air weekly throughout Central Texas and other outlets. The program, co-hosted by John Morris and Lori Scott Fogleman, airs on KCEN-TV Channel 6, Fox Sports Southwest, College Sports Television and the College Channel (Waco cable 18).
Baylor returns home Oct. 9 for a Big 12 inter-division showdown with Missouri. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. CDT at Floyd Casey Stadium, and the game will be broadcast live nationwide on FOX Sports Net. Missouri leads the all-time series 7-2 and has won all four meetings as Big 12 foes.