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An Updated Look at the 2017 Baylor scholarship situation

An updated look at the 2017 Baylor scholarship situation

The 2016 season's end is in sight, with less than 2-weeks away from the Cactus Bowl against Boise State.  Baylor will be saying goodbye to a group of Seniors that has taken this program to new heights, including all-time leading rusher Shock Linwood, and quarterback Seth Russell.  WIth roughly 70 scholarship players on the roster entering the year, the Bears are hopeful they can get some players back in the fold.  Injured players like Byron Bonds, Josh Pelzel and Taion Sells.  Ineligible players like Brian Nance, or even players that left the team for personal reasons like Johnny Jefferson.  

Not all of those players will make it back, but a few are likely.  Here is a quick look at the current scholarship situation for 2017, obviously before any attrition is known.  There will be losses from this group, with key players making decisions on the NFL (such as Ish Zamora and KD Cannon), or players looking at transferring out of Baylor after the challenges of the past year.  

Right now, Baylor has 60 scholarship players breaking down as:

  • 29 seniors (11 on offense, 8 on defense)
  • 18 Juniors
  • 20 sophomores
  • 3 redshirt freshman
  • 1 signed freshman

As of January 11th 2017


Scholarship Breakdown:

  • Offense - 28
  • Defense - 39
  • Special Teams - 2
  • Total - 69


  • Senior - 19
  • Junior - 18
  • Sophomore - 21
  • Redshirt Freshmen - 3
  • Freshmen - 8

What is left?

Baylor has received 8 commitments so far, however four of those players can be counted for the 2016 recruiting class and not count against the 25-man limit in 2017.  That leaves Baylor with 21 spots to fill for 2017, if they so choose.  Currently, they have 16 scholarships spots left on the 85-man roster, so there will need to be attrition for a full 25-man class.  

Key players Taylor Young and Travon Blanchard have already declared their intentions on coming back to Baylor, leaving just Ishmael Zamora has the lone draft eligible player left to make a choice in regards to the NFL.

There is also some question of whether tackle Riley Daniel will be able to return to health and play football again. In addition, commit John-Marcus Carruthers status is not currently known as a scholarship player or not. 

2017 Baylor Football Scholarship Chart - Offense








QB 3 Charlie Brewer Zach Smith Anu Solomon
RB 3 Abram Smith JaMycal Hasty Terence Williams

WR 7

RJ Sneed

Pooh Stricklin

Blake Lynch

Jared Atkinson

Denzel Mims

Ishmael Zamora

Quan Jones

IR 2

Chris Platt

Tony Nicholson

TE 3 Sam Tecklenburg

Josh Malin

Jordan Feuebacher
OT 6 Riley Daniel

Patrick Lawrence

Dom Desouza

Mo Porter

Ishmael Wilson

Tyrae Simmons

OG 3

Blake Blackmar

Josh Pelzel

Tanner Thrift
C 1 Sean Muir
Kicker 1 Chris Callahan

2017 Baylor Football Scholarship Chart - Defense








DT 6

James Lynch

Will Jones

Bravvion Roy

Ira Lewis

Andrew Morris

Byron Bonds
DE 8

Tyrone Hunt

Michael Johnson

Jamie Jacobs

Greg Roberts

Xavier Jones

James Lockhart (Transfer - RS)

KJ Smith

Brian Nance


Deonte Williams

Lenoy Jones Jr.

Clay Johnston

Jordan Williams

Taylor Young

Thomas Cletcher

Raaquan Davis
NB 2 Eric Ogor Travon Blanchard
CB 7

Harrison Hand

Timarcus Davis

Raleigh Texada

Jameson Houston

Grayland Arnold

Jordan Tolbert

Verkedric Vaughns

S 9

Jalen Pitre

Trevon Lewis

Chris Miller

Rajah Precadio

Henry Black

Jourdan Blake

Chance Waz

Taion Sells

Davion Hall

Punter 1 Drew Galitz

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