Baylor News and Notes

We take a look back at this weeks interviews involving Coach Briles, Ian McCaw, and Paul Rhodes, the Head Coach at Iowa State; as Baylor prepares to take on the Cyclones on Saturday evening at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Today we just take a quick look back at the interviews done, as Baylor prepares to take on the Iowa State Cyclones, at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday evening. We also take a look at one big 2014 commit that is planning on taking his official to Baylor this weekend.

Kd Cannon plans Official

One of the highest rated commitments in Baylor history has planned his official. BearsIllustrated has learned that KD Cannon plans on taking his official visit to Baylor, when they face the Iowa State Cyclones. Cannon is widely considered to be the cornerstone of a Baylor WR corp, that includes Davion Hall, Ishmael Zamora, and Chris Platt. It is well publicized that this group of 2014 commits, make up arguably the top WR group in their class.

Along with KD, there will be several other visitors including 2016 QB recruit Devin Williams. Recruits are noticing the progress made of this Baylor football program and are jumping on the ship. The current Baylor recruiting class is ranked in the top 10 by scout.com and 2015 could shape up to be even better.

Briles: "We looked death in the face and said NOT today."

Always one to provide one-liners during his interview, Coach Art Briles did not disappoint. Using a reference from a popular television show, Coach Briles was referring to a punt block during a miserable 3rd quarter of the Bears 35-25 win over the Kansas State Wildcats. The Bears certainly looked death in the face and fought back and overcame. The Bears were held to under 120 yards of rushing, and were unable to find a rhythm all afternoon; however, when the Bears needed it the most, their massive offensive line pushed ahead and gave Glasco Martin enough room to run on his way to a game clenching TD run. We take a look back at some highlights from Coach Briles press conference on Monday afternoon.

- When asked about Kansas States mentality, Briles said that he felt they played with purpose and determination. Said last year Baylor the hunter and the Wildcats were the hunted, but that this year the roles were reversed and were pulling out all stops to win.

- When asked about how he felt about his teams ability to come back and win the game, he described the fact that the team had the maturity and character to fight for the win. Said that he was impressed with the fact that the Bears had 5 new starters that were playing their first road game. Specifically mentioned a time, late in the game, when Bryce Petty came by and calmed him (CAB) down with his calmness in a highly stressful situation. Said that he is still learning about his team, as it is still the early part of Baylors season (after 2 bye weeks).

- When asked about the 8th official, Briles mentioned that it made things easier for the officials and allows the game to go faster and more efficiently. Said there were more calls on the field, but that that was a positive, and believes the 8th official makes things safer for the whole officiating crew.

- When asked about his two (2) RBs, Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk, Coach Briles mentioned their maturity, toughness, and energy as reasons for wh they are successful. Said he believes that Martin is back 100% and that the Athletic Training staff, specifically Mike Sims, and the S&C staff did a great job of getting him ready and back in a timely manner without rushing him. Said Lache is a big team guy and has grown up a lot since last year.

- When asked about Iowa State, Coach Briles specifically mentioned a 1-2 record over the past 3 years. Says that ISU game is going to be a battle and that the team will need to continue to step up now that they are in to their conference portion of the schedule. Mentioned that ISU held them to 21 points last year (Lache was not involved in the game plan) and that they remind him of Kansas State, in regards to the way they play defense.

Ian McCaw's visit with David Smoak

Much has been said about the suspension levied against Corey Coleman for his supposed targeting of a Kansas State defender, last Saturday. We have discussed the fairness behind the suspension at nauseum, but we have to live with it and I'm sure that Coach Briles will have schemed around it for the first half of the game. It should be noted that Baylor fans should expect to see both Clay Fuller and Levi Norwood in place of Coleman for the first half.

During his interview with David Smoak, Ian McCaw spoke at length about the suspension. He also talked about the accommodation of the approximately 4,000 fans that will be in attendance in the South End Zone of Floyd Casey Stadium, during the final game against Texas. McCaw said that they have already made plans to have temporary facilities and concessions available on the concourse, in the South End Zone.

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