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RG3 impresses in scrimmage return

8/16/2010

Robert Griffin will save the big runs for the real games, but he had a solid return in Baylor's first scrimmage of the preseason, completing 16 of 23 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, along with an interception.

Griffin lobbed his touchdown pass toward the back of the end zone where diving sophomore receiver Lanear Sampson hauled in the 34-yard score on a fourth-and-4 play designed to go underneath to a different receiver.

"I think it was good for him. I think anytime you get in these live atmospheres, get a few people around and the pace increases, then I think your body starts working toward that," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "The thing that we've got to remember is that it's been a while since he's been in this type of atmosphere. And I thought he did remarkably well today."

He ran just three times for 4 yards, but most importantly, Griffin led the offense to three touchdowns in the 90-minute scrimmage.

"We'll evaluate and see if everything he saw is what really happened," Briles said. "And then we'll look at what we can do to improve his high percentage for production. Because that's what it's all about at that position is being productive with the football every snap."

Also notable: Griffin's one interception found the hands of early enrolling freshman safety Prince Kent, who is joined by fellow highly recruited safety Ahmad Dixon in camp this fall. Kent's interception is obviously a good sign for his development, but Dixon, a 6-foot, 195-pounder is making noise with his big hits in fall camp.

Kent originally signed with Miami in 2009 before enrolling in military school in Virginia for a season and came to Baylor as the nation's No. 51 overall recruit in the 2009 class. Dixon ranked as the No. 15 overall recruit and the No. 3 safety in the 2010 class.