For the next two weeks, we'll be examining the strongest and weakest positions for each team in the Big 12 going into the fall.
We begin the series today with the Baylor Bears:
Strongest position: Wide receiver
The golden baton keeps getting passed down: Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Tevin Reese, Antwan Goodley, now Corey Coleman and KD Cannon. Nobody else in FBS goes into the 2015 season with a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. Nobody else in the Big 12 can match what Baylor is rolling with in its two-deep at wideout.
Coleman averaged 168 receiving yards in five of his 10 games last season, scoring touchdowns in all but one. Cannon averaged 62 yards per touchdown reception (498 on eight catches!) as a true freshman. And just as coach Art Briles expects, those two have to battle for their jobs every single day.
The guys pushing them -- Jay Lee, Davion Hall, Lynx Hawthorne, Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt -- all come in different shapes and sizes but similar speeds. They've all had time to develop behind the stars of "WRU." Now it's their turn.
You can't lose senior leaders such as Goodley, Levi Norwood and Clay Fuller and plan to get even better. Baylor does. The Bears have achieved such quality depth that ESPN 300 freshman Devontre Stricklin and four-star early enrollee Blake Lynch might not even be needed in Year 1.
If you thought they were set with Coleman and Cannon, just wait until you see Zamora and Platt in action. Somebody's gotta get the baton next.
Weakest position: Cornerback
The good news is, everyone's back. Baylor returns its top four corners and has a good sense of their potential exiting the spring. But they've got to find a way to play to that potential.
Last season, Baylor's cornerbacks were responsible for only four interceptions -- all of them from Xavien Howard -- and Baylor's pass defense ranked No. 112 nationally in yards per completion. Phil Bennett expects his Baylor D to hold opponents under 50 percent passing. Baylor finished last season at nearly 55 percent. You expected that to some extent, since Howard and Ryan Reid were first-time starters and didn't have experienced help.
But Tion Wright shook up the situation with a strong showing this spring. That's an encouraging, important development. The former juco transfer will keep battling with Reid -- who played through injury for half the season -- into fall camp, and backup Terrence Singleton has 23 games of playing experience.