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Three Questions For Baylor Heading Intro Spring Football Practice

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College basketball is heading down the home stretch, college baseball has started, but let’s not forget (I know many of you aren’t) that spring practice is already getting underway across the country. We will handle spring previews for every Big 12 football team and roll them out based on when their respective spring practices begin. Next up are the Baylor Bears who will start up spring practice on Monday March 22nd. Here are my three questions for Baylor heading into spring ball.

Keep in mind, Baylor had one of the worst offenses in the Big 12 and while there are some questions on defense, I think there are far more questions on offense that new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes will need to address.

 

1. Quarterback

With Charlie Brewer off to Utah, that leaves a hole for Baylor at signal caller. The question is, who will it be? Will it be Jacob Zeno or Gerry Bohanon? While Zeno appears to have the early edge due to playing time in games such as the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl two seasons ago, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be the guy. Meanwhile Gerry Bohanon is still a bit raw in my eyes and has taken a bit of a backseat to Jacob Zeno since Zeno arrived at Baylor. To me, Jacob Zeno has the upside, but it will be interesting to see how this battle shakes out in Waco.

2. Running Back

When Charlie Brewer left, not only did the Bears lose their quarterback but also their leading rusher from the 2020 season. In fact, Baylor did not have a single running back rush for over 300 yards last season. Of course, there were some injuries, but things will need to pick up in the backfield to help the new offense in 2021. Craig Williams will look to lead the way after going down with an injury last season. Williams has flashed some good stuff, but health has been an issue with him. The Bears will also get back veteran Trestan Ebner as well as some more young guys with Qualan Jones, and Taye McWilliams. No matter who is in the backfield, the run game must get better as Baylor was dead last in rushing offense in the Big 12 last season.

 

3. Offensive Line

One thing that didn’t help the run game much last season was the offensive line. It took a few weeks to pick up, but Baylor finally settled on a starting five a few games in the 2020 season. Left tackle Connor Galvin and left guard Xavier Newman-Johnson return to lock up the left side. But center Jason Moore retired for medical reasons and Jake Burton and Blake Bedier are gone as well on the right side. That means there are three spots up for grabs up front and it will be interesting to see who can emerge to help the offensive line this season.

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