We kick off our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver.
Here, we’re talking Baylor.
Quarterback: Charlie Brewer
FYI: 6-1, 206-pound junior, from Lake Travis; Big 12 co-offensive freshman of the year; has the second-best career completion percentage (63.8%) in Baylor history, behind Robert Griffin III (67.1). Has seven 300-yard passing games and two 400-yard games.
Last year: Started 12 games — 240 of 390 for 3,019 yards, 26 combined TDs and 9 INTs. (Career: 379-594-4,581, 30/13)
Brewer really could emerge as the best quarterback in the Big 12. Last time fans saw him in action, he was sporting a new Stetson, which was awarded to him after he earned outstanding offensive player honors in the Texas Bowl. He threw for 384 yards and rushed for 109 in the victory over Vanderbilt.
Brewer is in his third season as a starter. The former Lake Travis standout was elevated to first team during his freshman season in 2017.
His numbers have been stout. He threw for 3,014 yards last season and has the best returning stats of any quarterback in the league after Texas’ Sam Ehlinger. Brewer rushed for 375 yards and seven touchdowns, so view him as a dual threat.
Running back: JaMycal Hasty
FYI: 5-9, 205-pound senior, from Longview; has played in 31 career games, with 13 starts. Was the nation’s sixth-best all-purpose running back prospect in 2015 by 247Sports, and was 24th on that year’s Fabulous 55.
Last year: 82 carries for 434 yards and 4 TDs. (Career: 277-1,371-8)
The Bears haven’t had a true featured back the past two seasons, although coach Matt Rhule would love one. He has set a goal for his runners to average, collectively, 200 yards a game, which would be 31 yards better than last season.
So who will be the first back to trot onto the field? It should be fifth-year senior JaMycal Hasty, who has stuck with the program through coaches Art Briles to Jim Grobe to Rhule. Hasty rushed for 434 yards last fall, playing in 11 of 13 games.
The Bears are deep enough at tailback to allow Rhule to think about using John Lovett — whose 573 yards led the team in rushing last year — as a safety. Rhule stuck him in the secondary during spring workouts. In preseason, he’s listed as a third-team tailback behind Hasty and Trestan Ebner.
Wide receiver: Denzel Mims
FYI: 6-3, 215-pound senior from Daingerfield; ranks 10th in school history in touchdown catches, 13th in receiving yards and 15th in receptions.
Last year: 55 catches for 794 yards and 8 TDs (Career: 120-1,905-16)
The Bears are looking to replace Jalen Hurd, who in his only season on campus after transferring from Tennessee played both receiver and running back.
Who might be Brewer’s go-to receiver this fall?
Mims, a senior, could be the guy. He caught six passes for 95 yards in the Texas Bowl win and had 100-yard-plus performances against UTSA and Oklahoma.
But if it’s not Mims, keep an eye on Chris Platt, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Platt tuned up for the fall by running the 400 meters for the Baylor track team. He earned All-American honors in the 1,600 relay. Before he was hurt his sophomore season, Platt posted four catches of more than 70 yards, best in the country.
Coming at noon: Iowa State