Ten Things We Learned

This week's 10 things focuses on a set starter at quarterback, a shakeup at the wide receiver position and what makes Baylor so tough to defend.

1) No more -OR-. For the first time since Texas quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash took the job from Garrett Gilbert, one player is listed atop the depth chart without the requisite two-letter word that indicates a co-starting arrangement. McCoy has made big plays in two straight second halves, and it appears that the starting job is now his, and his alone. At least, until there's some reason to give Ash another shot …


2) McCoy wasn't one of the players at Monday's media availability, but offensive guard Mason Walters was asked about his interaction with the sophomore quarterback after a delay of game call against Texas A&M. Walters declined to comment on what was said after he visibly yelled at McCoy, calling it "a discussion between teammates." Texas coach Mack Brown said Walters was an intense player, and that what McCoy likely took from the lashing was simply that Walters wanted to win.


3) McCoy wasn't the only new starter on Monday's depth chart. Miles Onyegbule, who had a big third-down catch late against Texas A&M, is slated as the starter at the 'H' spot, with DeSean Hales listed behind him with an -OR-. Onyegbule brings a big target with great hands who has shown an ability to get open in key situations. He also had a big catch before halftime against Missouri.


4) That wasn't the only depth chart change at wide receiver. The other two starters are Marquise Goodwin and Jaxon Shipley, with usual starter Mike Davis now listed behind Shipley. The coaches said Davis had a hip flexor, but also said that he wouldn't have been playing if it were a serious issue.


5) The expectation is that everyone will be ready to go against Baylor. Shipley came out of the A&M game unscathed and apparently looked good running on Sunday. Malcolm Brown is back to being healthy, which leaves Joe Bergeron as the only question mark. Coach Brown said he expected that Bergeron would play Saturday, but added that Bergeron was slated to play against A&M, but couldn't go.


6) The message from the defense is simple: don't let Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III have his Heisman moment Saturday. At least four defensive players and one offensive player mentioned that goal Monday, stating that the team didn't want to be another stop on the Griffin Heisman tour. Griffin has an intriguing opportunity Saturday, with some of his fellow candidates — including Alabama RB Trent Richardson — sitting out, meaning he'll have a day to stand out to voters by himself.


7) The trouble with defending Griffin, according to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, is that he's a triple-threat player. First, he's a threat in the vertical passing game, which Baylor does as well as any team in the country. Second, he's a threat in the quarterback run game. And third, he's a threat to scramble and make plays with his legs in the passing game. Diaz said a quarterback who can do one of those three things is typically a headache for defensive coordinators.


8) About that vertical passing game, Diaz said the difference is that the Bears are so relentless with it. Not only does Baylor attack teams vertically more often than other squads, but the speed of the receivers, along with Griffin's uncanny touch and accuracy on deep balls, means that defenders have to stay on the receivers' hips 40-plus yards downfield.


9) Diaz jokingly referred to the Baylor receiving corps as a 4x100 track team, but he had special praise reserved for Kendall Wright. Diaz said Wright shouldn't take a back seat to any other receiver, and said that he belonged in the same company as Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles and Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. Senior safety Blake Gideon said that what sets Wright apart as a receiver is the fact that he finishes plays.


10) The underrated weapon in the Baylor attack is Terrance Ganaway. Ganaway's size, speed and agility make him a handful, especially when teams are spread out to try and defend the Baylor passing attack. And it's his ability that allows the Bears to be explosive in the running game. And when trying to defend such a multifaceted attack, that makes all the difference.


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