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Which newcomers could make an impact in 2016 for the Baylor Bears?

With signing day past, it is time to look at new players that could make an impact in 2016. What freshmen, redshirt freshmen, or junior colleges transfers should Baylor fans get to know.

With another year in the books, a wave of seniors and key contributors is gone from each and every school.  Baylor faces tough losses on both lines, along with losing key skill position players from both sides of the ball.  With a Top-20 class coming in, and all but two freshmen from the 2015 class redshirting, which players could be key faces to remember. 

Jeremy Faulk, Junior Defensive End

A mid-term enrollee, Faulk will be leaned on for a significant role on the defensive line from day 1 of spring practice.  With the loss of all four starting defensive linemen, the Bears will have an entirely new starting lineup in 2016.  Byron Bonds was a starter 2-years ago, and has been a key reserve the past few seasons behind Andrew Billings and Beau Blackshear.  With not much proven depth outside of Bonds, Faulk, along with fellow junior college transfer Dequinton Osborne, will see early playing time.  The Juco All-American is already in Waco and starting to gain strength and weight to help anchor the middle of the Bears defense.

Brandon Autry, Junior Guard

The offensive line was also hit hard by graduation, with four of five starters completing their eligibility.  Autry was one of the top Juco linemen in the country, and committed to the Bears to help restock the guard position.

Maurice Porter, Junior Tackle

Porter is a rare double signee for the Bears, having committed out of high school to Baylor but failed to qualify.  After two very successful seasons in the junior college ranks, Porter again signed with the Bears in the 2015 class. With a redshirt season, Porter projects to be the starting left tackle when spring practice starts.  He will be in a key role for the Bears, a role that Spencer Drango has dominated the past 3-seasons. 

Parrish Cobb, Freshman Cornerback

With the early departure of Xavien Howard to the NFL, the Bears have an immediate need at cornerback.  Ryan Reid will be the starter on one side of the field, with Tion Wright leading the way to replace Howard.  Cobb profiles to be a top-tier corner, with good size and tremendous athleticism.  The 4-star recruit will battle Wright and others for the starting job.  

Josh Malin, Sophomore Defensive Lineman

At 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, Malin has the size and strength to play on the inside or outside.  He profiles similarly to Beau Blackshear at the same times of their career.  He came to Baylor at just 245 pounds, but has put on great weight, and is expected to climb up the depth chart quickly.  Blackshear came to Baylor at 240 pounds, and quickly emerged as a rotation defensive tackle after a redshirt year.  

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