Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Baylor defense has a lot to prove
By David Ubben
Robert Griffin’s return highlights Baylor's spring practices, but even an otherworldly effort next fall won’t matter if the Bears can’t replace a pair of All-Big 12 defenders. Senior Earl Patin is the most likely candidate to replace linebacker Joe Pawelek, and Jordan Lake’s strong safety spot is up for grabs after his career came to an end last fall.
Byron Landor and Mike Hicks will have to show they’re ready to compete against the top talent in the Big 12, and will also replace the graduated Jeremy Williams. If they’re not ready, ESPNU 150 recruit Ahmad Dixon, the nation’s No. 3 safety and a Waco native, could land pretty high on the depth chart when fall practice arrives.
However, it'd be dishonest of me to not admit I’m also looking forward to watching JUCO offensive lineman Robert Griffin (6-foot-6, 345 pounds) block for quarterback Robert Griffin. Only 20 more Robert Griffins to go until Art Briles has himself a terrifying juggernaut.