Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. Baylor

Demo breaks down five Baylor Bears to watch when SMU heads to Waco on Saturday.

Sr. quarterback Seth Russell

Seth Russell threw for 163 yards and 4 touchdowns in less than one half against NSU. He his now 9-0 as a starter and has thrown 38 touchdown passes over that span. He is the career leader for Baylor in pass efficiency (179.9), passing yards per attempt (10.05) and total offense yards per play (9.32). Expect Russell to challenge the SMU secondary by going to KD Cannon over the top. Russell threw for 376 yards with five touchdowns the last time SMU faced Baylor.

Sr. running back Shock Linwood
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Linwood has played in 38 games for the bears and has made 27 starts. He rushed for 97 yards on nine carries last week and is now 107 yards away from becoming Baylor’s all-time leading rusher. He is the nation’s second-leading active rusher. Linwood had 76 yards in eight carries against SMU last season.

Jr. wide receiver KD Cannon
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Cannon is third all-time for career yards per game (72.0), and sixth in yards per reception (17.2) for Baylor. He is in the middle of a 27-game reception streak—so he has made a catch in every game of his career.  In the season opener, he made five catches for 46 yards and one touchdown. Cannon had 104 receiving yards on three catches with a touchdown catch the last time against SMU. Cannon is recovering from a knee issue this fall and lacked his typical explosiveness. With Ishmael Zamora suspended, Cannon should be looked to for even more production.

Jr. defensive end K.J. Smith

Last week Baylor held Northwestern State to just 78 yards in last week’s 55-7 win and Smith was a big reason. He had three tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss in the win. He has made 12 starts in the 27 games he has played.

Jr. linebacker Taylor Young
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The returning All-Big 12 linebacker started in 12 of 13 games in 2015. He made six tackles, a sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss in the season opening win. The DeSoto, Texas product has played in 26 games and 21 starts over his career. Young brings a ton of experience to the Bears front seven. Given how important the running game is to SMU’s offense, finding ways to pick up yardage against the Baylor defense.  

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