What You Need To Know About The Baylor Offense
– The Baylor offense will never go back to the Art Briles days. However, it’s going to start working again at a reasonable level to hang around in the Big 12. There was a massive overhaul in experience, talent, and styles, but it still averaged a solid 405 yards per game – scoring, though was an issue, averaging just 24 points per game.
Part of the reason? Nine underclassmen were thrown to the wolves, and it was a struggle to find anything that consistently worked. Now, QB Charlie Brewer has a year of experience. The top five running backs return, the top five receivers are back, and four starters are there on the line. Best of all …
– The upgrades are coming. The recruiting class won’t have to rise up and rock right away with all the experience coming back, but at least the depth will start to form.
However, the transfers should make an immediate impact, led by former Tennessee star running back Jalen Hurd, who’ll turn into a big, matchup-nightmare wide receiver. Former Clemson right tackle Jake Fruhmorgen will likely take a spot right out of the gate at one job, and NC State QB Jalan McClendon will at least push for the starting gig, if not take it over.
– The passing game has the pieces to rock. Whether it’s Brewer or McClendon, the receiving corps should blow up, starting with No. 1 target Denzel Mims coming off a terrific 61-catch sophomore season.
Chris Platt – who roared out of the gate averaging over 25 yards per catch with five scores in the first four games before suffering a knee injury – returns, and the three new options from the recruiting class can all fly, particularly world-class sprinter Kalon “Boogie” Barnes.
Biggest Key To The Baylor Offense
Blocking. The skill players are good enough. More so than last season, there’s depth, there are options, and the explosion and consistency should be there as long as everyone gets time to work. The O line didn’t account for all of the problems last season, but it didn’t help, struggling in pass protection – allowing 38 sacks – and failing to generate much of a push for the ground attack.
The Bear front five allowed the fourth-most tackles per loss per game of any offense in the country, but with a few reinforcements, and with the experience returning, this could – and needs to be – the biggest turnaround spot.