Bears junior wide receiver Kendall Wright is Baylor's most experienced offensive player. The 5'10" 190-pound inside receiver has led Baylor in receiving the past two seasons. The favorite target of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Wright will be a key player in the outcome for Bears this Saturday. After a slow start in Baylor's opening game, Wright returned to form last week against Buffalo.
"I think I played well," said Wright after the game. "Not just catches, but I had a couple of good blocks on Jay's [Finley] runs, other runs, and on punt returns. Overall, offensively I think we played well. Like I was saying, we started slow in the 3rd quarter, but in the first 2 quarters we played fast and connected well."
After recording 3 catches for -1 yards against Sam Houston State in the season-opener, Wright bounced back with an eye-opening performance in Week 2. The Pittsburg, Texas native hauled in 5 catches for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. The score came from 61 yards out on a deep pass by Griffin to a wide open Wright. Later in the game, Griffin connected with Wright again for 47 yards, but Wright was brought down at the Buffalo 1-yard line.
"It was basically the exact same play," Wright said of his 2nd long reception of the game. "The corner crashed and it had me running free."
While Wright was temporarily left open, he was unable to capitalize on the blown coverage due to an unfortunate event.
""I caught a cramp in my legs which I didn't want to say because of Coach Kaz [Kazadi]," said Wright. "That's why I tried to play it off. I tried to dive into the end zone, but I just couldn't make it. But we got the touchdown."
Baylor head coach Art Briles addressed the issue of why Wright may have been a little slower getting caught up to game speed this season as opposed to the past two seasons. Briles also discussed Wright‘s performance in the Week 2 victory.
"Kendall was Kendall. After the first game I took the heat for that because we held Kendall out of our scrimmages," Briles said. "Our timing wasn't down together and we knew there might be an issue and there was. I think just from a repetition standpoint at that level of speed there was a decided difference from Week 1 to Week 2. Hopefully now we're on the same page and we're rolling. It's good to see. Kendall has really worked hard to get where he is now and it was good to see that it paid off for him."
On Saturday, Wright and the Bears will face their biggest test of the football season as they take on #4 TCU on the road. Both teams are undefeated heading into Saturday‘s game, and the two old Southwest Conference foes will break the tie in a historic series that is currently dead even.
"We just have got to go out there and work hard and be ready to knock a top 5 team off," says Wright.
The Bears and Horned Frogs kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The game is televised nationally on the Versus network.
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