Friday, March 26, 2010
The Revolving Door: Baylor
By ESPN.com staff
Here, we'll take a look at a couple key players going, staying and coming for each team in the Big 12.
Jordan Lake, S:
Lake was a three-year starter at safety for the Bears, earning a reputation as one of the conference's biggest hitters. He was also named to the All-Big 12 team each year he started.
Joe Pawelek, LB
Pawelek started four seasons at linebacker, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in all four seasons. He made 237 tackles in his final two seasons.
Kendall Wright, WR
Wright played mostly inside receiver as a sophomore, leading the Bears with 66 catches for 740 yards and four touchdowns. With the departure of David Gettis, he could play some outside receiver, but at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, the slot seems like a more natural position for him to succeed.
Robert Griffin, QB
He probably belongs in a special "returning" section, but one of the Big 12's biggest stars returns from a torn ACL suffered in the Bears' third game in 2009. The Bears will go as far as the 2008 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year can take them.
Ahmad Dixon, S
Dixon grew up in Baylor's backyard, Waco, and picked the Bears over four SEC schools and Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. Ranked No. 15 in the ESPNU 150, Dixon has a great chance to play meaningful snaps as a true freshman or even earn a starting spot replacing Lake.
Tyler Stephenson, CB
Stephenson (5-11, 153 pounds) was one of four defensive backs at Lancaster (TX) to sign letters of intent with Division I programs. The school also had two defensive backs sign with Division I programs last season, including Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst. Stephenson certainly has the pedigree for success, but he'll need it to translate onto the practice field to earn playing time.