Greg Davis on Baylor's defense: The offensive coordinator said the Bear D has more speed and is more aggressive than in the past and it typically tries to outnumber the run. He expects it to do the same Saturday. Baylor employs a 4-3 defensive scheme and blitzes about 40-percent of the time. Behind their blitzes, the Bears play both man and zone. Overall, the Baylor D plays about equal snaps in man and in zone. Davis said BU's basic blitz is with its outside 'backers who, depending on the DE blocking of the OTs, either come around each end or inside the tackles. He said the Bears will occasionally bring corner and strong safety blitzes as well. Davis called LDE A.C. Collier a "nice speed rusher off the edge" and NT Ryan Gillenwater a "strong nose guard." Baylor has had some defensive success this season. In the Oklahoma game (a 33-17 OU win), when the Bears totaled eight sacks against the Sooners, "they matched blitzes really well, creating situations where they were able to get to the quarterbacks," according to the Texas offensive coordinator. In the A&M game (a 16-10 Aggie win), "A&M wasn't able to get its running game going well and (Baylor) was able to tee off."
Reese and Davis talk Baylor
Carl Reese on Baylor's offense: The defensive coordinator said the Bears run a "finesse" offense with a lot of "tricks" and "misdirections." Reese said we won't see much power running, but rather draws and runs behind pulling guards and tackles. The Baylor QB, whether it is former Horn Greg Cicero or Josh Zachry, will line up in the shotgun on every snap. The Bears will employ a five-wide set about a third of the time but will also operate out of a three-wide, single-back, single-TE set and, occasionally, out of a two-back, two-TE set (where they use a quick snap to catch the D out of alignment). In five-wide sets, Reese said Baylor spreads the field more than any other team the Horns have faced, stretching wideouts literally from boundary to boundary. In the passing game, Baylor throws a lot of quick release stuff like quick screens, middle screens and shovel passes, but the Bears will also look for WR Reggie Newhouse deep (he's caught a 40- and a 35-yard TD pass this season). Reese said the BU QB will look for the quick slant or the fade when blitzed. Interestingly, Baylor's offensive play call comes from the booth and is signaled in from the sideline to the QB with the Bears already at the line of scrimmage, hence the no-huddle look. Although Baylor is largely a passing team, it is also a ball control team. If you've seen either Northwestern or Clemson play this season, you've seen what the Bears will attempt to do offensively, what Reese calls the "fun and gun." Baylor hasn't had much success running the ball but the coordinator said the Bears can be dangerous in the ground game by dragging the RB in front of the QB, and if the defense is bringing a hard outside rush, handing off and hitting the holes left by the charging ends. If the rush is not there, the QB will then look to throw. "Cicero is the guy we've really got to get a handle on," the DC said. "He can throw the football and he has a good, quick release. If they get hot, he's the guy that's going to make it happen." Reese said the D, through mainly zone looks, will try to force Cicero to hold the ball and put him in situations where he doesn't know where to throw. That's how teams have been successful getting pressure or sacks from their DEs. The DC said his D, after three weeks of playing mainly in the 4-3, will revert to the defenses -- nickel, dime, 3-3 and 3-4 -- we saw in the three-game stretch vs. Houston, Tech and OU. He said he expects to try a lot of different things to try to get the Bears off their rhythm.
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