BU Set To Have 1st Full Pad Practice Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Baylor Bears will don full pads in what will be their 6th practice so far. Through the first few workouts, several key questions have been raised, and some players have definitely surprised. BearsIllustrated.com takes a look at a few burning questions.

1. IS THIS QB RACE NOW A 3-MAN RACE?

After all the talk of Michael Machen and John David Weed in the offseason, the bright performer on the practice field for the Bears has been Blake Szymanski. With three games under his belt as a starter in 2006, Szymanski is getting his fair share of reps with the 1st team offense. Coach Morriss conitunes to say that the Baylor QB spot is not settled as Machen and Weed are still in the picture. Look for this QB battle to continue all fall.

2. HAS THE ISSUE OF DROPPED PASSES BEEN ADDRESSED?

With as many times as the Bears throw the ball, there are likely to be dropped passes. However, dropped balls haunted the Bears throughout the season last year; something two coaches in particular are going to correct. This year, new coaches Assistant Head Coach Kasey Dunn and WR Coach Jason Phillips are making it a point that dropped passes are no longer going to be an issue. The Bears are young at receiver, but it could very well be the most talented group of receivers that have lined up at Baylor in the past decade. Coach Dunn and Coach Phillips both bring great experience to the coaching staff, and their dedication to teaching and coaching the game of football will allow the receivers learning from them to get the most out of their performance everyday.

3. WHO IS GOING TO BE THE "GAME-CHANGER" FOR THE BEARS?

A hard question t oanswer, but if you look to last year, Joe Pawelek had one of the biggest plays of the year for the Bears. Intercepting a pass in triple overtime on the road against Colorado sealed the victory for Baylor. On offense, with a roster full of explosive wide receivers, and an offense that allows for great yardage to be gained through the air, it is likely that on any given Saturday, any given wide receiver will have the ability to bust the game wide open. Early favorites here are Ernest Smith, David Gettis, and Mikail Baker.

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