New Faces Display Talent In Spring Game

The Bears concluded spring practice with the annual Spring game.

Although several key players sat out due to injury, the Baylor Bears still showed off plenty of talent during the annual Spring Game. Baylor's Spring Game was held on the campus of Baylor University, and closed out spring practice for Art Briles and his team.

Starting in place of Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from knee surgery in the off-season, sophomore quarterback Nick Florence led the way for the Bears. Florence completed 20 passes in 31 attempts and connected on two long strikes for touchdowns. Florence's perfect deep ball to wide receiver Terrance Williams covered 66 yards for the score and was the Bears' first touchdown of the afternoon. Florence later found wide receiver Josh Gordon streaking down the sidelines for a 40 yard touchdown pass.

Several new faces had the stage to showcase their abilities, and one new face to the Bears' roster is JUCO transfer running back Isaac Williams. Williams, the most productive rusher on the afternoon, carried the ball 15 times reaching pay dirt on a 6 yard scamper. With probable starter Jay Finley sidelined with injury, other Baylor running backs got plenty of chances to carry the ball. Evan Hearn rushed 7 times for 31 yards, Jarred Salubi rushed 1 time for 2 yards, and Terrance Gannaway carried the ball 6 times for 14 yards.

Redshirt freshman quarterback, Brody Trahan, displayed his versatility by playing multiple positions for the Bears during the Spring game. At quarterback, Trahan went 11-for-20 for 91 yards including a 40 touchdown pass to freshman wideout Tevin Reese. Trahan also assumed some punting duties in place of injured punter Derek Epperson. Also getting time under center was freshman quarterback Bryce Petty. In limited action, Petty completed 10 passes in 14 attempts and 1 interception.

On defense the Bears displayed plenty of athletic plays. Defensive tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste recorded two sacks on the afternoon, and safety Shane Ros recorded the game's only interception. Safety Prince Kent, a highly recruited athlete out of Hargrave Military Academy, made 5 tackles. Linebacker Elliot Coffey led all tacklers with 7.

With starting kicker Ben Parks held out of the Spring Game due to injury, Aaron Jones got most of the work at kicker. Jones displayed good leg strength booting field goals of 43 and 53 yards on the afternoon.

The Baylor Bears open Fall camp on August 1st, and host their season-opener on September 4th against Sam Houston State University.

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