2015 Early Depth Chart - Offense

With the 2014 season all wrapped up, it is time to start looking ahead to what 2015 might bring us. With 9 starters coming back on the offensive side of the ball, what changes could the Bears see in 2015?

The 2014 Baylor Bears football season is over, with a second consecutive 11-2 campaign featuring a Big 12 title on the books. The Bears will return the bulk of their 2-time defending champion squad, but will lose several key starters going into next season. What positions are we losing key starters or contributors at and what type of changes could we see in terms of positions for certain players going into 2015? Up first is the offense.

First off, let’s take a look at what the depth chart will look like without the graduating seniors. This will allow us to see the holes that we have and see what the logical backups (with their 2015 classification). I will include injured players where they would have fit in a best case scenario, and talk about how the Bears reshuffled certain positions to fill gaps.

Baylor Offensive Depth Chart
First Team
Second Team
Pos # Name Class # Name Class
WR 16 Davion Hall SO
IR 5 Corey Coleman JR 9 KD Cannon SO
RT 69 Pat Colbert SR
RG 67 Desmine Hilliard JR 61 Jarrell Broxton SR
C 55 Kyle Fuller JR
LG 73 Blake Muir SR 60 LaQuan McGowan SR
LT 58 Spencer Drango SR
TE 41 Tre'Von Armstead JR 15 Gus Penning SR
IR 7 Lynx Hawthorne JR
WR 4 Jay Lee SR 12 Quan Jones SO
QB 17 Seth Russell JR
RB 32 Shock Linwood JR 28 Devin Chafin JR
UB 2 Johnny Jefferson SO

As you can see, there are just not a lot of holes to fill, though the ones they will have to replace are quite large. Gone are Quarterback Bryce Petty, Wide Receiver Antwan Goodley, Tackle Troy Baker, Wide Receiver Levi Norwood, and Offensive Lineman Tyler Edwards. That is the entire list of seniors that were on the 2-deep in 2014. Those are some very important players, but the Bears will return the majority of their offensive contributors in 2015.

There will also be several newcomers, either freshman or junior college players coming to campus or freshmen coming off of their redshirt seasons looking to make an impact on the 2-deep. Who are some of the key guys to watch out for and how could they move around the returning players?

Quarterback: Jarrett Stidham (FR)

There is just one new name on the roster for 2015, but it is a big one. Returning are Chris Johnson and Seth Russell, but most eyes will be on the 5-star freshman from Stephenville, TX. Stidham will be coming to Waco in January as an early enrollee, so he will compete for the starting job in the spring. Seth Russell will be the favorite to win the starting job going into the spring, due to his experience in the system and on the field the last two season. Chris Johnson is a bit of a dark-horse right now, with Stidham being an unknown with the highest ceiling of the three.

Running Back: Terence Williams (rsFR), JaMycal Hasty (FR)

The Bears will be welcoming two new players this fall, with power back Terence Williams coming off of a redshirt season and 4-star recruit JaMycal Hasty set to join the Bears in the fall. Williams was also a 4-star recruit, and a guy to keep an eye on this spring. He will likely start off as the 4th string back, behind the three-headed monster of Shock Linwood, Devin Chafin and Johnny Jefferson.

Hasty is an interesting player, as the Bears don’t really have anyone like him on the roster. Chafin and Williams are power backs, while Shock Linwood isn’t truly a speed guy. Jefferson could develop into a big play guy, but he doesn’t have the speed, agility, or catching ability of Hasty. With his unique skill set, a redshirt year is not a guarantee for the true freshman.

Wide Receiver: Ishmael Zamora (rsFR), Chris Platt (rsFR), Devontre Stricklin (FR), Blake Lynch (FR)

With the loss of three key wide receivers in Antwan Goodley, Levi Norwood and Clay Fuller, there are some spots in the wide receiver rotation for the Bears. Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt are both coming off of redshirt years, with Zamora profiling as a prototypical outside receiver and Chris Platt destined for the inside.

KD Cannon, Corey Coleman and Jay Lee are pretty much locked into three spots for the Bears. A question will arise in regards to Davion Hall and whether wide receiver is his best position, something that has rumored to already start. If he stays at wide receiver, he would be the favorite to win the second outside spot.

Also competing for playing time will be sophomore Quan Jones and the two incoming freshman in Devontre Stricklin and Blake Lynch (who could also see time on defense, though is slotted for a wide receiver spot by the coaching staff right now). Stricklin seems like a candidate to redshirt next year, especially if Hall stays on the offensive side of the ball. Lynch could play immediately, similar to Davion Hall this year, with injury dictating more of his playing time.

Offensive Line: Guard Blake Blackmar (rsFR), Tackle Patrick Lawrence (rsFR), Guard Josh Pelzel (rsFR), Tackle Dominic Desouza (JUCO JR), Guard Sam Tecklenburg (FR), Tackle Maurice Porter (JUCO JR), Rami Hammad (Transfer SO), Ishmael Wilson (Transfer SO)

The Bears return all but two spots on their whole offensive line. Simply put, there are just not a lot of spots available on the offensive line, despite there being 8 new names to consider in 2015. The only spots are a backup center and right tackle. The right tackle spot will be fascinating to watch, with returning starter Pat Colbert coming back along with junior college tackles DeSouza and Porter. Transfer Ishmael Wilson could also make an impact there as well, or maybe the Bears move Blake Muir outside to tackle and move one of their new guards into the starting lineup.

The Bears have a huge bounty of riches at offensive line, made even richer by the return of left tackle Spencer Drango. The Bears are loaded on the line, and will have several players that could play for most other Big 12 teams not even on the 2-deep.

Baylor Offensive Depth Chart
First Team
Second Team
Pos # Name Class # Name Class
WR 16 Davion Hall SO 8 Ishmael Zamora FR
IR 5 Corey Coleman JR 18 Chris Platt FR
RT 69 Pat Colbert SR 68
---
Ishmael Wilson
or Dominic Desouza
SO
JR
RG 67 Desmine Hilliard JR 61 Jarrell Broxton SR
C 55 Kyle Fuller JR 74 Sean Muir SO
LG 73 Blake Muir SR 60 LaQuan McGowan SR
LT 58 Spencer Drango SR --- Maurice Porter JR
TE 41 Tre'Von Armstead JR 15 Gus Penning SR
IR 9 KD Cannon SO 7 Lynx Hawthorne JR
WR 4 Jay Lee SR 12 Quan Jones SO
QB 17 Seth Russell JR --- Jarrett Stidham FR
RB 32 Shock Linwood JR 28 Devin Chafin JR
UB 2 Johnny Jefferson SO 22 Terence Williams FR

This is obviously just a guess, and assumes that Davion Hall will stay at wide receiver. The Bears will have a deep and talented offense, as strong and experienced as any in the country. The question will come down to the play of the quarterback position and their ability to get the ball to the weapons surrounding them.


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