(1) Bryce Petty, QB: Completed 250 passes in 403 attempts for an even 4,200 yards, with 32 TDs and only 3 interceptions. He averaged 323.1 yards a game with a passing efficiency rating of 174.3 and completed 62 percent of his passes. And he added 14 rushing TDs, too.
(2) Shock Linwood, RB: Was second on the team in rushing last year, with 881 yards on 128 carries. He rushed for 8 TDs. He averaged 73.4 yards a game.
(3) Antwan Goodley, WR: Led the team with 71 catches for 1,339 yards and 13 TDs last year. Levi Norwood (47-733-8) is back as well.
About the Bears’ triplets:
Baylor’s offensive production in 2013 was astonishing. The Bears led the nation in total yards (618.8 per game) and points (52.4). They could make an argument as having the flashiest offense ever seen.
But Baylor will be hard pressed to repeat the offensive onslaught. Several key parts to that offense are gone.
The good news is that Petty is back at quarterback. In his first season as a starter, Petty very nearly was good enough to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Baylor coach Art Briles can rattle off Petty’s offensive stats by memory. He’s still upset that Petty didn’t make it to New York for the Heisman festivities.
“I mean, you’re a first-year starter, you win 11 football games, win the Big 12 championship for the first time in school history, throw 4,200 yards, 33 TDs, three picks — and you sit at home in December,” Briles said. “Do those numbers again this year, he’ll be in New York. Might win it.
“But that’s the whole deal. His perception, his image is different than a year ago because he had nothing. Now he’s got substance. He’s got something people can believe.”
But does he have the experienced talent around him? Gone are All-Big 12 receiver Tevin Reese and All-Big 12 tailback Lache Seastrunk.
Antwan Goodley is back. Linwood, who saw action when Seastrunk was hobbled by a hamstring injury, also returns.
“Shock is a great player, another East Texas kid,” Briles said. “(He’s) Just got great balance. He’s got great vision. He’s got great heart. He’s just a really, really good football player. And he’s a very passionate guy about being great.
“So we’re very fortunate to have him. He came in there and really helped us last year when Seastrunk got hurt, and kind of carried us two or three games there. Got a little overused. Got beat down just a little bit. You’ve gotta watch your running backs because those guys are trying to hit them, trying to hit them pretty good every play.”
Tomorrow’s triplets: Iowa State
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