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5 Baylor Bears that have seen their stock rise or fall after two games

We take a look at a few key Bears that have seen their stock rise or fall in the first two weeks of the season.

 WR Jay Lee and Corey Coleman

Jay Lee is the Bears only senior receiver and leads the Bears in receptions through two games, with 12 catches.  His three touchdowns tied a school record, before Corey Coleman scored 4 in the next game, and his ability to be a dependable target has been a key early in games for new QB Seth Russell.  Lee is the Bears biggest receiver, and a pure outside threat.  He has very good size, and has breakaway speed when he makes guys missed, as he showed against SMU in the opener.  

Coleman though, might be the best receiver in college football.  It is hard to find an "up" arrow big enough for Coleman.  He leads the nation in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and big plays. He is averaging over 32 yards a catch.  All he did against Lamar was set a new Baylor record for receiving touchdowns in a game with 4.   If Russell and Coleman had been on the same page deep in Baylor's own territory, they might have added a 5th to that, with a 90+ yard pass and catch.  Coleman is taking short passes and long passes for touchdowns.  1800+ receiving yards and 16+ touchdowns for the year is easily on the table if Coleman can stay healthy.  Those are Belitnikoff level numbers.  

 LB Grant Campbell

Despite being the Bears leading tackler, with 16 through two games, Baylor's newest starting middle linebacker has not played as well as Baylor fans hoped.  He has struggled with the zone-read, especially early in games, and has taken some bad routes to ball carriers.  He gets his tackles, but usually a few yards father down field. WIth just 2 of his tackles going for loss, Campbell has to do a better job of reading and attacking, versus reacting to the plays.  

 P Drew Galitz

One of just two Baylor true freshman to play a down (along with backup QB Jarrett Stidham), Galitz has done a solid job in his first year as punter. He is showcasing a strong leg with very good hangtime.  In fact, none of his 4 punts have been returned yet.  He is averging 43.75 yards per punt, good for a solid 43.75 yard average, but with no returns, that same net average climbs to 12th in the nation.  With the past struggles from the punt coverage team, this is great news.  

 Return Specialists

The Bears return specialists have not had a great first 2 games.  In fact, you could call them awful and not be far off.  Kick Returners Johnny Jefferson, Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt have been tentative and indecisive on when to bring the ball out of the endzone.  When they have brought the ball out, they have usually not gone very far.  Baylor is 82nd in the nation in kickoff return average, at just under 20 yards per return.  

Punt returning might be even more of an issue, as Lynx Hawthorne and Corey Coleman have returned just 2 of 15 punts, with many of those not even being fair caught.  Those are hidden yards lost making it harder on the offense. Add the overall struggles of just both returned punts going for 5 yards, and a muffed punt on a returnable one in the Lamar game that could have set up the Bears deep into Cardinal territory, and this is has no been a strength for the Bears.  

 Running Back Depth

Baylor has played four running backs, with Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin being the two primary guys.  Johnny Jefferson is sprinkled in at times, with Terence Williams playing in garbage time.  Those four players have combined for 654 yards, 5 touchdowns and over 8 yards per carry. Linwood is the starter, and the leading rusher.  His 26 carries, 205 yards and 3 touchdowns lead the group.  Chafin is the "power" back, coming in primarily for short-yardage plays.  

Jefferson has been the biggest play threat of the bunch, gaining over 10.6 yards per touch.  Williams, a redshirt freshman getting his first collegiate action, has dominated late in games, and is second on teh team with 194 yards.  The Bears have 2 juniors, a sophomore and a freshman out of these four players, and are using all of them very well.  Expect the rotating to continue, especially to keep them fresh while the up-tempo offense drains defenses.  


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