The Baylor Bear Report w/ Shaun Rochon - 9/11

In this weeks segment of the Baylor Bear Report, Shaun Rochon answers questions about Seth Russell, the running game, and true freshmen KD Cannon and Davion Hall, leading up to Baylor's Nationally televised game against Buffalo, in New York.

In this weeks segment of the Baylor Bear Report, Shaun Rochon answers questions about Seth Russell, the running game, and true freshmen KD Cannon and Davion Hall, leading up to Baylor's Nationally televised game against Buffalo, in New York.

----- How would rate the play of Seth Russell, after his first career start last Saturday?

It’s exciting to see the offense firing on all cylinders. It’s a testament to Seth’s drive and dedication to learn, and his discipline to abide in the rules of Briles’ system. Early in his career you saw some uncertainty in his pre-snap reads, indecision and a bit of impatience. Against Northwestern State, Seth was more familiar with his reads, more decisive in his decision-making, and took what the defense gave him. Playing with one of the best offensive lines and wide receiving cores in the country helps.

----- Being a fellow WR yourself, how exciting was it to see True Freshmen KD Cannon and Davion Hall make big contributions in the passing game?

The beauty of running a no huddle, hurry up offense is that it allows you to take advantage of matchups and superior athleticism. KD Cannon and Davion Hall are elite athletes that would give most FBS teams fits, much less FCS Northwestern State University. I’m really interested in how Briles/Bryce will manage to spread the love around when everyone is healthy. #baylorproblems

----- The OL has seemed a little out of sync these first two games, as the running game has seemed to get going slow out of the gate. Should this be a concern as the season goes on, or do you just attribute it to new faces?

Baylor has rushed for over 260 yards and averaged over 5 yards a carry in both games of the 2014 season. I would hardly describe that as out of sync. Naturally, the offensive line will develop better chemistry as the season progresses. Now that’s a scary thought for opposing D-lineman.

----- The defense has allowed only 6 points in two games at McLane Stadium. What do you attribute their early success to and what do they need to do to carry that over in to their first road test, against Buffalo?

A lot of the #ganggreens (Baylor defensive moniker) success is due to their ability to pressure the quarterback, which starts with the Defensive Line. Their depth and athleticism gives Coach Bennett the ability to bring pressure from anywhere. Billings, Blackshear, Magee, Oakman, and Palmer are grown men, enough said.

----- With so many injuries at key positions (QB and WR, respectively), how will this affect Bryce working with and getting in synch with his WRs?

These guys have been together for too long to allow a couple weeks to throw off their rhythm…too much. Plus, the Upperclassmen have set a standard that the Underclassmen have maintained. No one in the Receiving Core or Quarterback Room is taking a day off.


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