1. Seth Russell excites:
This was not junior QB Seth Russell’s first start, but it was his first start against an FBS opponent. He struggled with efficiency at times, but certainly lived up to the hype. Russell finished the game with 376 yards and five passing touchdowns. He added another four-yard scamper on the ground, and had a seventh touchdown called back by a holding penalty. He will unfortunately have to be complacent with tying the record for most touchdowns in a game by a Baylor player. Another mind-boggling school record: Baylor averaged 10.48 yards per play (723 yards on 69 plays). Had the Bears not gone through a lull in the second quarter, the numbers could have been even better.
2. Taylor Young update:
I talked to Art Briles after the game, and it sounded like there was some doubt about what exactly happened to sophomore linebacker Taylor Young. If my memory holds, he did not appear in the game after the second quarter and came out later without pads and with his arm in a sling. Briles said it appears to be a collarbone issue. The medical staff does not think it is broken, but X-rays were somewhat ambiguous. The team will evaluate him again tomorrow in Waco with a timeline potentially being addressed after that. For now, Aiavion Edwards will likely step into the role.
3. Baylor debuts:
In all, 13 players made their Baylor debuts on Friday night against the Mustangs. Three of those players were true freshmen: QB Jarrett Stidham, P Drew Galitz and LB Clay Johnston. In his first pass, Stidham threw a 42-yard bomb for a touchdown to WR Chris Platt, who was also making his debut. Galitz punted a couple of times, and did a good job of bringing the nose of the ball down. He will have to work on hangtime over the next week. It is unclear where Johnston entered the game, but it likely was on special teams.
In other redshirt news, sophomore Jordan Feuerbacher will redshirt this season with LaQuan McGowan, Tre’Von Armstead and Gus Penning taking up minutes ahead on the depth chart. He will become that much more valuable when McGowan and Penning graduate.