The Baylor Bear Report w/ Shaun Rochon

BearsIllustrated is excited to present a new feature to the site, The Baylor Bear Report. In this weekly segment, we will welcome former Baylor Football player, Shaun Rochon, to BearsIllustrated to answer 5 Questions about the upcoming game for the Bears.

BearsIllustrated is excited to present a new feature to the site, The Baylor Bear Report. In this weekly segment, we will welcome former Baylor Football player, Shaun Rochon, to BearsIllustrated to answer 5 Questions about the upcoming game for the Bears.

This week Shaun answers 5 Questions about this weekends inaugural game at McLane Stadium against the SMU Mustangs. Shaun answer questions about Bryce Petty, the defense, and what the players will be feeling leading up to game time. Join us in welcoming Shaun, and we hope that you enjoy this new feature exclusive to BearsIllustrated.com!

----- With the opening of the new stadium, how do you feel the players will react when stepping on the field for the game? Do you think they will come out pressing with all the hoopla surrounding the fanfare of the opening of McLane Stadium?

Inherently the excitement of the first game makes your heart beat a little faster, that coupled with a brand new state of the art stadium, “the belt” slung over your shoulder, and 45,000+ fans filling the stadium up to the brim….you can’t help but bring your “A” game.

At the end of the day football is football and it’s the coach’s job to put his best players on the field. The best players are the guys that don’t have to think, but, instead, they just react. Their instincts are what guide them to make the right decision and good instincts can’t be coached, either you got’em or you don’t.

----- We have heard all summer about Bryce Petty, Antwan Goodley, Shawn Oakman, and Bryce Hager, but who do you see as the darkhorse to step on offense and defense outside of those 4?

Dark Horse O: Corey Coleman, a tough player with a chip on his shoulder who can score. With Corey, it doesn’t matter. He can do it all; receiving, rushing, or returning the ball. He has to have the ability to stretch the middle of the field, read the defensive coverage, put pressure on this mismatch (safety or linebacker trying to cover him,) and adjust to the blitz (audible to the hot route.) Those will be the factors that will determine whether Bryce brings another cast bronze statue back to Waco.

Dark Horse D: Terrell Burt, he has to be the dark horse in order for the defense to endure the onslaught of offensive firepower in the Big 12. The D-Line’s ability to pressure the quarterback is key, but Terrell will have the most responsibility when it comes to stopping the big play potential of the spread looks he’ll see week in and week out.

----- Bryce Petty was excellent last year. 4200 yds, 32 TDs, and 3 INT’s, but he did seem to level off as the season went on, however, many would blame that on injuries to key players. Heading in to this season, what do you see as the things that Bryce will have to improve on in order to lead his team to a National Championship?

Bryce has to trust his teammates to make good decisions when the ball is in their hands. Inevitably he’ll see more looks like he saw against Oklahoma State and Central Florida. He has to get the ball into his playmakers hands early and trust their ability to take it to the house. It’s hard to take what the defense is giving you in the “air it out” game of hurry up no huddle spread offenses, but when a defense is playing deep and trying to keep everything in front of them you have to trust your teammates. Their jersey is the same color as yours for a reason. They’ll eventually walk down to stop the underneath success then he can go right back to doing what he does so well.

----- With the DL being one of the most talented groups in the country, how do you see Coach Bennet tailoring his game plan so as to not put so much pressure on a young secondary?

There’s nothing he can do about that. In today’s game, pressure on the secondary is as connected as stink on crap. Coach Norwood and Buckles will get those guys lined up right and the players will gain more experience as the season progresses. Bennett will have a few more gray hairs before it’s all said and done but they’ll all be better for it.

----- What are you looking forward to the most this Sunday? As a player that went through the program, and now as a part of the Baylor Sports Network, you have seen this program from both sides. Does it feel good to see this program where it is today?

I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys respond to being on this end of the barrel. I spent some time with Baylor Great, Santana Dotson this summer. He put it best when he said, “its a whole different ball game when the rabbits got the gun,” but we both agreed that we, Baylor, seems poised to endure the Big 12’s best shot.

Absolutely! The visionary leaders who committed to investing the resources and infrastructure necessary to give the Football program a real opportunity deserve most of the credit. Our gear is everywhere and our tickets aren’t. We’ve got one of the best college football stadiums in the country! If you can’t get excited about that, you’re just hating.


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