Scouting the Big 12: Baylor Bears

The situation in Waco is not good for the twenty-first century version of the "Bad News Bears." This program, one of our personal favorites during the Grant Teaff era, shows little sign little signs of reversing five years of terrible football. The recent offering of Baylor pro-prospects to the NFL has been paltry and the 2003 draft may not end that trend.

Baylor Bears

Offensively they have a sleeper in Reggie Newhouse, a productive possession receiver with sure hands and the ability to make the difficult catch. The son of former Cowboy Robert Newhouse, Reggie has the possibility of finding his way into the late rounds should he run well for the clock prior to next April. Quarterback Greg Cicero has shown flashes of ability when healthy but played less then 100% much of last year after a broken collarbone during the first game of the 2000 knocked him out for the entire campaign. Cicero has decent pocket-passer size and a nice arm but needs a huge senior season, (which will be his sixth in college), if he's to get any late round consideration. Josh Zachy is a junior signal caller that could grow into a prospect if he gets the reps behind center over the next two seasons.

A former offensive lineman, Ethan Kelly moved to the other side of the ball and did an admirable job his first season stuffing the run at tackle. He has a terrific build for either a nose tackle or middle guard with the quickness and explosion to match. Kelly has a real possibility to get drafted if he continues to progress. A.C. Collier is an undersized pass rusher with some athleticism, which must be applied to linebacker at the next level if he's to have any shot of making it.




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