The Baylor Bear Report w/ Shaun Rochon - 9/4

In this weeks segment of the Baylor Bear Report, Shaun Rochon answers questions about the inaugural game at McLane Stadium, and looks at a couple of key questions regarding the Bears health heading in to their Saturday contest against Northwestern State.

In this weeks segment of the Baylor Bear Report, Shaun Rochon answers questions about the inaugural game at McLane Stadium, and looks at a couple of key questions regarding the Bears health heading in to their Saturday contest against Northwestern State.

----- The defense was dominant, holding SMU to 67 yds of total offense. Obviously this was a complete team effort on defense, but which one of the newcomers stood out to you on defense?

I’m excited most about Javonte Magee (he’s technically not a newcomer) for many reasons. To get a sack in his first game back with the program and in front of that crowd, will do wonders for his psyche. Magee is clearly a gifted athlete who needs to win the game between his head and his heart every play because any poor offensive lineman that lines up across from that “grown man” begins to doubt themselves before they even get in their stance. Furthermore, Bennett’s asserted that he could control the line of scrimmage with 3 down lineman, WHAT!? Some may not realize what that means. That tells me that he finally feels like he has the signature speed and athleticism that’s usually reserved for the offense side of the ball. Having the ability to run the 3-4 allows Bennett to disguise the coverage, and occupy 5 offensive linemen with 3 defensive lineman giving or Linebackers/Nickleback-Safeties the ability to roam or blitz.

----- With the news of Bryce Petty’s back injury, what do you feel Coach Briles will do to slowly bring in Seth Russell?

The basic steps are increase practice reps with the ones and encourage him to spend more time studying the opponent’s defensive tendencies. And, then there’s the Briles approach, teach him how to be swaggerific. What I mean is, Briles has a way of building his guys confidence up so high that they begin to exceed their own expectations, ask RGIII.

----- How would you describe the atmosphere of McLane Stadium and what was your favorite moment, during Sunday nights festivities?

Bananas! Had to be the Baylor Line rushing the field. The largest freshman class in school history taking John Eddie Williams Field was nothing short of Bananas!

----- With Northwestern St. coming in to town on Saturday, how do you keep the team motivated to perform at a high level?

a. Hire Kaz Kazadi and pay him well. This team has the national championship in their sights and Kaz is a laser focused kind-of guy. He and his staff will be tasked with that responsibility all season long. They’re goal is to instill a warrior mentality in the guys the moment they get on campus. Although we had a great win against SMU, there were a lot of blown assignments, missed reads, and opportunities missed. They’ll use this week to try to correct a lot of that.

----- NDSU went in to Aimes, IA and embarrassed ISU. Oklahoma St. and West Virginia put together great games against Florida St. and Alabama, respectively. How would you rate the opening weekend for the Big 12 Conference?

Although on paper Iowa State’s loss would seem to give the Big XII a black eye, they were playing a three time defending national champion. Most FBS teams in America would’ve had their hands full with that squad in week 1, that’s why you play the game. 6-3 as a conference leads me to believe that the Big XII is in great shape. No other conference in the country can say that they competed against the number one and two teams in the country in the first week.


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