FRISCO — Baylor’s Terence Williams is one of the Big 12’s top returning tailbacks, but Bears coach Matt Rhule announced Tuesday that he’ll miss at least the first three games of the season, meaning he may not make his debut until the Bears’ Big 12 opener against Oklahoma on Sept. 23.
Rhule said Williams is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
Williams gained 1,048 yards last season and scored 11 touchdowns. He was one of eight runners in the conference to surpass 1,000 yards. Of those returning tailbacks, only two — West Virginia’s Justin Crawford and Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill — gained more yards.
Baylor’s best option now is JaMychal Hasty, a sophomore who rushed for 623 yards. Incoming freshman Jon Lovett likely will move up the depth chart. Rhule also has looked at using receivers Tony Nicholson and Blake Lynch.
In other Baylor news, all-conference safety Travon Blanchard remains suspended with training camp set to start July 27. Blanchard was suspended in February when the school was notified that a McLennan County judge had issued a protective order against Blanchard. The request for the order came from the district attorney’s office and was filed on behalf of Blanchard’s former girlfriend.
Blanchard still is listed on the roster, but hasn’t been allowed to participate in any team activities. Rhule said he’s awaiting a ruling from the school.
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