Baylor vs. TCU: An Overview

In Part I of a 5 day series leading up to the weekend of the Baylor Bears first football game of 2006, BearsIllustrated.com brings you an overview look of the Baylor vs. TCU game.

Baylor

2005 Record: 5-6
2005 Non-Conference Record: 3-0
2005 Home Record: 2-3 (Wins against Samford and Oklahoma State; Losses against Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Texas)

Returning Starters

Offense:
QB: Shawn Bell (5th year Senior, Played in 27 games over the last 3 seasons, Started 9 of 10 games in 2005, 5-4 in the games he started in 2005, 1964 yards, 12 TD's, 6 ints, .594 completion percentage)

RB: Paul Mosley/Brandon Whitaker (split time last year as primary RB's, Mosley - 5th year Senior, 657 yards and 7 TD's in 2005, 3.65 yards per carry; 12 receptions for 90 yards and 2 TD's, led Baylor the last 2 seasons in rushing; Whitaker - 4th year Junior, 481 yards, 1 TD, 4.81 yards per carry, 30 receptions for 160 yards)

WR: Dominique Ziegler/Trent Shelton (Ziegler - True Senior, 48 receptions for 563 yards and 5 TD's in 2005, more career starts than any other returning offensive player, No. 5 on Baylor all-time reception list; Shelton - 5th year Senior, 39 receptions for 452 yards and 1 TD in 2005, at least 1 reception in 33 straight games, No. 6 on Baylor all-time reception list)

OL: Yancy Boatner/Jason Smith/Will Blaylock (Boatner - 5th year senior, started 9 of 10 games last year; Smith - Redshirt Sophomore, started at TE last year in 8 games and played in all 11; Blaylock - 5th year senior, started 8 games last year in his first playing year with Baylor)

Defense:
DL: M.T. Robinson/Marcus Foreman (Robinson - 5th year senior, 22 career starts; Foreman - True Senior, started all 11 games last year)

DB: C.J. Wilson/Anthony Arline (Wilson - True senior, Thorpe Award candidate, 5 ints; Arline - 5th year senior, 21 career starts, 3 ints in 2005)


TCU

2005 Record:11-1
2005 Non-Conference Record:2-1
2005 Road Record:5-1 (wins over Oklahoma, BYU, Wyoming, Air Force, San Diego St, loss to SMU)

Returning Starters

Offense:
QB: Jeff Ballard (Senior, started and won 8 games in 2005, 1801 yards, 13 TD's, 7 ints, 60.1 completion percentage, 314 yards rushing, 8 rushing TD's, was a backup his previous years at TCU)

RB: Robert Merrill (Senior, TCU's top rusher each of the last 3 seasons, 911 yards, 10 TD's in 2005, 4.9 yards per carry, 14 receptions for 114 yards)

WR: Quentily Harmon (Senior, top returning receiver, 28 catches for 318 yards and 1 TD in 2005)

OL: Herb Taylor (Senior, Started 36 straight games, considered best offensive player for TCU by College Football News, All American Candidate)

Defense:
DL: Tommy Blake/Chase Ortiz (Blake - Junior, Preseason All American, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 7 sacks; Ortiz - Junior, numerous watch lists for defensive awards, All-conference in 2005, 9 sacks)

LB: Robert Henson/Jason Phillips (Henson - Sophomore, honorable mention all-conference in 2005, 69 tackles, started only 2 games; Phillips - Sophomore, 2nd team freshman all-american, started all 12 games, 71 tackles, 8.5 stops for a loss)

DB: David Roach/Marvin White/Eric Buchanan (Roach - Junior, 4 career starts, 41 tackles, 2 ints in 2005; White - Senior, 2nd team all-conference in 2005, 46 solo tackles, 3 ints; Buchanan - Senior, 9 career starts, 35 tackles, 1 int)

Odds: TCU -7.5


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