Baylor Football 3 Days Into Fall Camp

The Baylor Bears football team has three practices under their belt, but have the position battles clouded? Who has the inside track on the QB job, who is likely to start at RB, and which freshman player is making a push to crack the starting lineup? Find out inside.

After spring and summer, most believed the race to be Baylor's quarterback was down to two players. Those two players were transfer Michael Machen, and JUCO transfer John David Weed. Machen, a graduate student, is a strong-armed quarterback at 6-6 230. He adds experience to the position, and also adds a bit of age as well. Machen is the oldest player on offense for the Bears, partly due to his stint as a professional baseball player.

John David Weed, a 6-4 225 signal caller, is a physical specimen. Weed played his first two years at Tyler Junior College until signing with the Bears last season. Neither of these two quarterbacks were on the Bears roster last year when Baylor implemented their new offense.

While Machen and Weed were the talk of the summer around Baylor football circles, Blake Szymanski has been getting plenty of reps, and is taking advantage of them. Consider the quarterback position at Baylor to me a three-headed race.

At running back, the odds on favorite to win the spot is senior Brandon Whitaker. Whitaker split time last year with now graduated Paul Mosley. Whitaker is the lone senior of the group of running backs, which will likely give him the nod.

The Bears freshmen are on campus and working out, but which ones are making an immediate impact?

Earl Patin and Chris Francis, two freshmen linebackers, have come in ready to play. However, the starting linebacker position will not be easy to get a hold of with All-American Joe Pawlelek holding down the fort at one linebacker spot. The other starting linebacker gig belongs to senior Nick Moore.

Three days, it has only been three days, but the questions have already begun to fly around. Stay tuned to BearsIllustrated.com for all the latest.

Bears Illustrated Top Stories