The Baylor Bears season went from bad to worst on Monday morning. Head coach Dave Aranda announced during the Big 12 coaches teleconference that linebacker Terrel Bernard needs shoulder surgery and is done for the season.
Bernard has been one of the best defensive players in the Big 12 dating back to the middle of the 2019 season. He’s number 1 in the Big 12 Conference with 11.0 tackles per game and also has 3.5 sacks this season.
Meantime for Baylor, it hurts their defense mightily, which does not have the strength or depth of last season’s unit. They’re currently ranked seventh in the Big 12 allowing 27.8 points per game and rank sixth in total defense.
The Bears are coming off a 14-point blown lead at Iowa State that resulted in a 38-31 loss in Ames that saw the Cyclones score 28-unanswered points.
Baylor beat Kansas in the season opener, but has since lost four games in a row to West Virginia, Texas, TCU and Iowa State. The Bears are set to travel to Lubbock this weekend to take on Texas Tech.
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