Saturday afternoon, the Baylor Bears will wrap up their 2017 spring camp with their annual Green and Gold game at McLane Stadium. The Bears will kick off their annual scrimmage at noon. It is Baylor nation's first real chance to see the new-look Bears under head coach Matt Rhule.
Coach Rhule broke down what he wanted to see from the game this Saturday. "There are a couple purposes, you know, I want to see the kids compete and have fun. We have a bunch of injured guys and banged up guys so we will be a little thin at some places."
The Bears will focus on offense versus defense rather than a traditional scrimmage game. However, expect Baylor to play the starting offense versus the starting defense, at least a little bit.
With the Bears still installing quite a bit of their offense and defense, there is a lot of work left to do, starting with continuing to improve the physical condition of the team, a focus for the last few days of spring camp and something that will continue up to the fall. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
"All of Baylor nation should come out. It should be a celebration should be a fun to come together and tailgate one more day and to watch the kids compete."
5-Things to Watch
- Who stands out at corner back - The biggest question for me on the defensive side of the ball is at the corner back position, where the Bears lose Ryan Reid but have an intriguing trio of players with starting experience. Two of Grayland Arnold, Verkedrick Vaughns, and Jameson Houston will more than likely start, at least early in the year. Signees Harrison Hand and Timarcus Davis might have something to say about this in the fall when they arrive, but Arnold and Houston look to have the highest chance to earn the starting nod.
- How does the offensive line fit together - On the other side of the ball, how the offensive line meshes and is put together is the biggest question to me. Tanner Thrift is leading the way to replace Kyle Fuller, but how does Rhule and company build around Mo Porter, Blake Blackmar and Patrick Lawrence as critical returners. The Bears offensive line will have the biggest adjustment to make with this new offense, so new faces could rise if they are a better fit for the scheme and style Rhule is looking for.
- How quickly is the defense reacting - The Bears defense is making wholesale changes in terms of philosophy, even moreso than the offense. Gone are the more simplistic styling of Phil Bennett. In its place is a significantly more complicated scheme, where reads and adjustments will be made after the offense lines up. It is too much to have them full speed at this point in everything that they do, but with the install ongoing, it would be good to see the Bears flying around and reacting quickly to what the offense shows them.
- A different type of rushing attack - This will be without Terence Williams, the Bears presumed starter, but with a different blocking scheme and style, this will be our first chance to better understand what the new rushing attack could look like. How do the runners adjust to the different types of lanes and cutback options? JaMycal Hasty has had a very strong spring
- A look at the newcomers - The Bears had few redshirt players last year, but we will get a chance to see them all play a little bit. Deonte Williams, Will Jones, and Raleight Texada are the big names, but four new freshman players in Charlie Brewer, RJ Sneed, Abram Smith, and Jalen Pitre all will look to play a game at McLane Stadium for the first time. Throw in grad transfer Anu Solomon, and there is a lot to watch for.