August 21, 2006

Bears eye next step in 2006

When Guy Morriss and the Baylor football team headed to the Clarion and cell phones and car keys were taken up, they knew they had several questions to answer. However, there were not as many as there used to be.

Gone, for now, are the days of the great starting quarterback debate. Gone are the "can Baylor compete in the Big 12" questions. Gone are the days of having to instill an attitude of competitiveness and confidence.

The Baylor program has not arrived but they appear to be on their way.

The injuries

Fall camp saw several players go down with a variety of injuries. Everyone did participate in spring drills except for Daniel Sepulveda and Julian Hill and most of those that were out or seeing limited action are expected to be ready to go for Monday's 6 p.m. workout.

The injuries were noticeable on the offensive line. Will Blaylock, Dan Gay, Yancy Boatner, and Travis Farst all sat out significant portions of fall camp. In their absence true freshmen Reid Prince and Jeremy Michel saw action on the second team while Thad Boatner, Sam Sledge, and Ricky Hasoon worked with the first group along with Jason Smith and Chad Smith.

Blaylock, Gay, and Boatner should be back in action this week, and ready to go for the season opener against TCU.

Receiver also took a hit with Carl Sims, Queito Teasley, Mikail Baker, Terrance Parks, Thomas White, Garfield Hicks, Justin Fenty, and David Gettis all missing practices.

None of the injuries to the receivers appears to be serious with most suffering muscle strains.

The injuries may not keep anyone out of game action, but it cannot help the implementation of the new offense. It's a good thing they have two weeks to prepare for TCU.

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