Big 12: Kolby Gray

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June, 21, 2011
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Baylor's newest player: A former Zags PG

May, 31, 2011
Former Gonzaga point guard Demetri Goodson plans to transfer to Baylor, and is expected to play cornerback.

He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Just get my transcript from Gonzaga shipped over to Baylor," Goodson told KRIV-TV in Houston. "I shipped it out (Saturday). Once they get all that stuff done, I'll be there. It's a great feeling."

Goodson, whose older brother Mike Goodson plays running back for the Carolina Panthers and went to Texas A&M, was rumored to be heading to College Station.

Demetri Goodson, at 6-foot and 175 pounds, started all 35 games for Gonzaga last season, averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 assists for the West Coast Conference champs.

The addition of the Houston native is one more sign that Phil Bennett is beefing up his depth in the secondary. The Bears have added three defensive backs in the past week and a half, including two transfers.

Former Pittsburgh safety Kolby Gray, a former quarterback, transferred to Baylor earlier this month, just after the team added Joe Williams, a juco cornerback.

Gray and Goodson won't be eligible until 2012, but Williams is scheduled to take the field and "compete for playing time" this fall, coach Art Briles said.

Baylor serious about stocking up on DBs

May, 26, 2011
Baylor added former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Phil Bennett after the 2010 season.

Bennett brought with him a handful of his coaches, shaking up the Bears' coaching staff.

Now, the Bears are adding one of his former players at Pitt.

Kolby Gray, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back and Houston native, has signed a financial-aid agreement and will transfer to Baylor from Pitt. He'll sit out the 2011 season and be eligible in 2012 with three seasons of eligibility remaining.

"He’s a former high school quarterback and we knew him when he was in Houston," Baylor coach Art Briles said in a release. "We’re glad to get him back. He brings toughness, intelligence and athletic ability to the safety position."

Gray redshirted in 2009 and moved to safety. Last season, he appeared in 12 games and made 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.

ESPN ranked him as the nation's No. 52 dual-threat quarterback in the 2009 recruiting class.

That's the second addition to the secondary in the past week. Last week, the Bears added juco cornerback Joe Williams. Like Gray, Williams was also a former high school quarterback.

You need a whole lot of defensive backs to succeed in the Big 12, and a lot of good ones. Bennett is bringing in a player he knows well and two who clearly have a good idea of how offenses operate.

Smart defensive backs make good defensive backs, and Baylor hopes they've added a pair of good ones this offseason. Cornerback Chance Casey is a returning starter, and safeties Prince Kent and Ahmad Dixon may be budding stars.