Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Baylor Bears season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Baylor Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 in Big 12
Head Coach: Matt Rhule, 3rd year, 8-17
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BAYLOR OFFENSE
– The Baylor offense wasn’t the Baylor offense of a few years ago, but it started to keep up the pace again, and it took control. While Big 12 teams score in bunches and in a hurry, the Bears were able to dominate the time of possession battle by doing a great job on third downs with a balanced attack that should be even better with eight starters returning.
– The Bears have their guy. QB Charlie Brewer might not get the press of Sam Ehlinger of Texas, and he won’t be a national thing like Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, but he turned into an ultra-reliable starting Big 12 passer who could more than hold his own against the league’s quarterback heavyweights. Redshirt freshman Gerry Bohanon is a nice backup option, and Jacob Zeno was a good get in the latest recruiting class.
– The running game is more effective than any one back. John Lovett led the team with just 573 yards and six touchdowns, but the 212-pounder averaged well over five yards per carry, as did 205-pound senior JaMycal Hasty. Throw in the return of Trestan Ebner and speedy redshirt freshman Craig Williams, and there’s a good rotation of backs – and Brewer can take off, too.
– Leading receiver Jalen Hurd is done after a successful transformation from a Tennessee running back, but there’s a whole lot of firepower coming back with with almost everyone else of note returning to the receiving corps. Denzel Mims and Chris Platt are home run hitters – Mims led the team with eight touchdowns – and Tyquan Thornton and Marques Jones are good veterans. The skill positions are all terrific, but …
– The offensive line has to hold up its end of the bargain. It was fine for the running game, but it gave up the most sacks and most tackles for loss in the conference. There’s going to be some moving around throughout fall camp to find the right starting five, but senior Sam Tecklenburg is back at center, and 325-pound Johncarlo Valentin is back at right guard. The interior should be okay early on, but the tackles have to be stronger.