The Baylor Bears are coming off a 43-40 loss to West Virginia last Thursday night, and in that game quarterback, Blake Shapen went down with a head injury and did not return.
In relief of Shapen, freshman quarterback Kyron Drones stepped in and was serviceable, completing 7 of 14 for 95 yards and one touchdown. However, having Shapen back going forward is paramount for the Bears’ success going forward, and it appears that he might be back against Kansas this weekend.
During Baylor’s Coach’s Show on Wednesday, Bears’ head coach Dave Aranda gave an update on QB1’s status heading into the game against Kansas on Saturday.
“Blake is back with us this week,” Aranda told John Morris, the voice of the Bears. “He looks really good, feels really good. It’s really a positive to just see his growth, just as a leader.”
When asked about the process of players returning from apparent head injuries, Aranda explained what the timeline at Baylor looks like.
“With the Thursday game, there’s a couple of extra days that you have, because generally, a normal week is Saturday-to-Saturday and you’re on a strict timeline,” Aranda explained. “They have to take a test that is motor function, memory and these things have to come back and their practice is a fourth of a practice one day and if they feel O.K. then it’s a half of a practice and then you can get to a full practice.
“And all throughout that, there’s trainers right there looking at them and how they’re recovering,” Aranda said. “You know, their words, they say whatever they say so they can play, but the trainer is there measuring all of that and he’s done well in all of that process.”