Baylor Camp Report: Day 2

The Baylor Bears hit the practice fields once again on Saturday. The 2-hour practice saw time distributed between the outside grass practice fields, and the indoor artificial surface. Baylor head football coach Art Briles gives his thoughts on the 2nd day workout as well. Read more inside.

Day 2 of Baylor's fall camp is in the books and there was plenty for the green and gold faithful in attendance to be excited about. Quarterback Robert Griffin III continues his journey back from a torn ACL, and with every snap shows he will be ready when the September 4th season-opener comes around.

In addition to Griffin III, starting running back Jay Finley, appears to be moving closer in the right direction towards 100%, but is still being held out of several team drills. One running back that is making the most of his opportunity is JUCO transfer running back Isaac Williams. Williams had several explosive plays throughout the day including one 50-plus yard touchdown run.

"You know, Isaac can play," said Briles of Williams' performance.

"That's why we recruited him. We are not going to recruit guys that can't play. If they come from a JC, we expect them to contribute immediately. We are not going to go out and sign anybody that cannot play. If we sign them, then they are good football players that can help our team. He is a guy that can spread out and play from the backfield and never have to change personnel," Briles said.

With a few options at running back, Briles understands the importance of having options in the backfield. According to Briles, it no longer seems ideal to have one main back carrying the entire load.

"I don't think you can have one guy. You have got to have two or three of those guys, and they have to be ready to go all the time," says Briles.

At wide receiver, sophomore wide receiver Josh Gordon opened some eyes with a long touchdown strike from quarterback Robert Griffin III as Gordon and fellow sophomore Terrance Williams continue to battle for the starting role at one of the outside receiver positions.

At inside receiver, Baylor's leading receiver, sophomore Kendall Wright, continues to show his athleticism down the field. Wright displayed fancy-footwork during several drills, and also hauled in several one-handed grabs on the day.

On defense, true freshman safety Ahmad Dixon had perhaps the hit of the day. As transfer tight end, Jordan Najvar, leaped to make a reception near the goal line, Dixon unloaded a hefty blow that jarred the ball loose. In addition to Dixon, senior cornerback, Mikail Baker, is looking sharp after coming back from off-season surgery.

"I am proud of Mikail. He has come with a fierce and competitive mentality. He is fighting hard to be a good teammate, and that is the most important thing. He is working hard to make himself better and help everyone else around him. So that's encouraging. We have some pretty old, mature guys which helps."

Before fall camp opened, Briles expected a few of his players to take more of a leadership role on the defensive side of the ball. Senior linebacker Chris Francis and senior defensive tackle Phil Taylor are two of the players Briles expects to be team leaders on defense. Briles talks about how the process is coming along.

"I think really well. It will develop positively, or it will lose some of its luster through the next few weeks because people may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do."

Baylor practices on Sunday afternoon before taking Monday off.


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