Opponent Preview: Baylor Bears

Inside, a look at Colorado's Oct. 7 opponent, the Baylor Bears

Baylor Bears at Folsom Field • Oct. 7 • TBA
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (4th season)
2005 Record: 5-6/2-6 Big 12 South
Series Record: 8-5

Baylor enters this season with a bowl game on their mind. Showcasing a new spread offense, the Bears have the talent to make a splash in the Big 12 this year.

New Offensive Coordinator Lee Hays and quarterbacks coach Wes Phillips bring to Baylor a spread offense much like conference foe Texas Tech University runs. The Bears will start Shawn Bell behind center. Bell, one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12 coming into this season, will have the opportunity to play behind the most talented offensive line Baylor has had for quite some time. Jason Smith, a towering offensive tackle, will most likely be the key to the offensive line's success.

Baylor returns Dominique Zeigler and Trent Shelton, two of the Big 12's fastest wide outs. All eyes will be on David Gettis, a high school All-American and a true freshman wide receiver. The wide receiver position will lead the way for the newly installed offense, while Baylor's version of "Thunder and Lightening," running backs Paul Mosley and Brandon Whittaker will look to continue their success at the running back position.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears have an extremely athletic secondary, and C.J. Wilson will be the player to watch. A leader both on and off the field, Wilson will lead a young Baylor defense on the field.

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Antonio Jones could possibly be the best player no one knows about. His speed, tackling ability, and nose for the ball will allow him to be a difference-maker for Baylor's defense.

The Bears have steadily improved under the watch of head coach Guy Morriss, and this is the year they just might break out.

Colorado Connection: Quarterbacks coach Wes Phillips is son of former Denver Broncos head coach Wade Phillips.

Returning Leaders: PASS: Bell 320-190-1,964, 12 TD, 6 INT; RUSH: Mosley 180-657/3.7; REC: Zeigler 48-563/11.7, 5 TD; TCKLS: Marcus Foreman 58; SACKS: Foreman 2.5.


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