April 21, 2012

Post-Spring Analysis: WR/TE

Post-Spring Depth Chart

Terrance Williams (6-3, 205, Sr.)
Antwan Godley (5-10, 220, So.)

Tevin Reese (5-10, 165, Jr.)
Clay Fuller (6-1, 200, So.)

Levi Norwood (6-1, 190, So.)
Michael Valdez (5-10, 185, So.)

Lanear Sampson (5-11, 200, Sr.)
Jay Lee (6-3, 205, RS Fr.)

Jordan Navjar (6-6, 260, Jr.)
Jerod Monk (6-5, 275, Sr.)

Key Loss: Kendall Wright
Impact Newcomer: Corey Coleman
Projected Starters: Williams, Sampson (WR), Reese, Norwood (IR); TEs will rotate

Key Stat: 14.9 - That was the average yards per reception by Baylor receivers during the 2011 season.

Post-spring analysis: Williams missed the spring season because of a broken collarbone. But the belief is that the injury should heal well enough for him to be ready for the 2012 season. Williams just missed 1,000 yards (59-957, 11TD) in 2011, but he will be viewed as the leader of this very talented corps. Sampson is coming off a bit of a disappointing season (42-572, 3 TD) but now is the time for him to show he can be a strong performer in this offense. Reese(51-877, 7TD) blossomed last year and not has to repeat it this fall. Norwood gets his chance to show what he can do. He was solid in the return game. While the first line is exceptional, there are some depth questions only because these players have yet to get on the field. But look for Lee and Coleman to get on the field. Nothing should change in the tight end role between Navjar and Monk.

What Art Briles said: "We have great potential. There's some validity there with Lanear, Terrance and Tevin. They've delivered some singles and doubles sliding in. We need standup doubles, inside the park home runs and we need to knock some over the fence. Wed need to hit some home run balls. They need to take it to another level."

Pre-spring analysis: Baylor's wide receiver corps took an expected hit when record setting receiver Kendall Wright moved on and should be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. But the good thing was that this was the only loss from this offense. Now, the question will be who steps up and takes the lead role for this unit? It could be Williams who came up clutch with the game-winning TD reception against Oklahoma. It could be Reese who enjoyed the breakout 2011 season. Sampson probably has the most to prove of anyone just because he didn't have the impact that the coaching staff would have hoped. What this unit needs is for the unknowns to make the two-deep roster. That would include 2011 signee Jay Lee, who redshirted last fall. At 6-3, he's a big target. Baylor hasn't had that in this offense in recent years. This group will be very good. It will just have to work tirelessly with QBs Nick Florence and Bryce Petty to develop that relationship.

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