The Baylor Bears will take on Oklahoma State this weekend in Arlington for the Big 12 Championship, and they could be missing one of the best players on their team yet again. Quarterback Gerry Bohanon’s status for the game is “uncertain” as of Monday afternoon, regarding the hamstring injury that he sustained in the Kansas State game on November 20th.
Head coach Dave Aranda said that Bohanon was “awfully eager” about being back at practice for the Bears and is hopeful to be on the field with his team on Saturday.
“He’s going to go through all that, so we’ll see kind of where he’s at,” Aranda said. “Gerry is the leader for us and is a stalwart really. And so I think he’s the face of what we’re doing over here, and so we’re excited to have him back and kind of see where it goes.”
It would be a huge boost to a Baylor team that is currently a 5.0 point underdog to Oklahoma State, and would bring the Bears’ unquestioned leader back into action.
If Bohanon is unable to go, redshirt freshman Blake Shapen will start against the Cowboys. Shapen is coming off of a performance in which he threw for 254 and two touchdowns against Texas Tech, but the Oklahoma State defense is a whole different animal. Either way, Aranda says he is confident in Shapen if he is needed to start or play again:
“I thought that he had real maturity and presence in the pocket, and I think he made some really tight throws and some big-time throws.”