Slowing Bear QB a Priority

Shawn Bell could potentially pose all sorts of problems for K-State. A experienced senior who has taken the majority of snaps under center for the Bears over the years, Bell is someone who can hurt the Cats through the air and with his feet. The Wildcats open up Big 12 Conference play and to come out of Waco with a win- the Cats must contain Bell. Here is a look at Shawn Bell

The fifth-year quarterback for the Baylor Bears is rewriting the history books for his team right now, and K-State coach Ron Prince said he possesses tremendous talent.

"This team here has as fascinating an offensive firepower as any team we've seen so far in the young season," Prince said. "Baylor's quarterback is completing 66 percent of his passes and he throws the ball and plays with tremendous confidence. If you didn't know any better, you could easily see him in the role of that team that we just played (Louisville)."

In four games so far this season, Bell has completed 113-of-171 passes for seven touchdowns, 1,071 yards and only four interceptions. For comparisons sake, K-State starting quarterback Dylan Meier has gone 58-of-114 for 665 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Bell has passed for at least 200 yards in six consecutive games, dating back to last season. If he throws for that number against K-State Saturday in Waco, Texas, then he will tie the all-time Baylor mark of seven consecutive games, which was set by Don Trull in 1963. No other Baylor player has reached four games.

He has completed at least one touchdowns pass in six straight games as well. No Bear has completed a touchdown pass in seven straight games since 1987.

The Baylor offense passes a lot, and defensive end Ian Campbell said he is looking forward to facing a pass heavy offense.

"That's always fun for a defensive end – to try to get in there and make as big an impact as you can," he said. "We're going to scheme and do whatever we can to try to get to that quarterback."

Bell established Baylor's all-time career completions record last Saturday against Army. He now has 431, passing Jeff Watson (1994-1997) who previously had the record with 425. He ranks 19th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 Conference with his 256 yards of total offense per game.

He was put on the 2006 Manning Award Watch List on Aug. 23, an honor given to 22 student-athlete quarterbacks at the beginning of each season. Nebraska's Zac Taylor and Iowa State's Bret Meyer were the only other Big 12 players named to the list.

K-State Safety Marcus Watts said his team is ready to handle the Baylor quarterback and the rest of his offense in the first road game of the season and the conference opener for the Wildcats.

"I'm happy where the defense is at right now," Watts said. "We're going to have to step up our game even more so this week. We don't like teams scoring on us, and that's what we expect out of ourselves. It will probably be a challenge for us, but we'll just come out and do what we do - play physical."


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