Fresh faces: Baylor Bears

August, 15, 2012
Today begins a new look across the league at a couple players for each team who had low profiles last year, but you'd better get to know before 2012. They just may be household names by season's end.

Jordan Najvar, TE: Baylor's got lots of big-name talent at the skill positions, but Najvar gets no pub, despite landing on the league's preseason team at the tight end spot. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is a solid target, and caught 15 balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. His old quarterback, Robert Griffin III, had a penchant for the deep ball and Najvar's not really going to stretch the field. New QB Nick Florence may be looking underneath a big more, and Najvar should reap some benefits.

Spencer Drango, LT: Drango didn't play in any games last year, but he broke out in spring camp to win the starting left tackle job and start making his impact as a high-profile recruit. What's his secret? How's this: He signed with Baylor as a 265-pound tackle, the nation's No. 14 prospect at the position. Today, he checks in at 310 pounds. That's quite the transformation. Baylor's better off for it.

Gary Mason Jr., DE: The Bears are missing most of their defensive line this year. Tackles Tracy Robertson and Nicolas Jean-Baptiste graduated and end Tevin Elliott is still suspended while the legal process surrounding a sexual assault charge plays out. Enter Mason. Baylor needs him to be big, and he may deliver in his third year as a starter. He made eight tackles for loss and had 2.5 sacks last season, but keep an eye on him in 2012.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Fitzsimmons and Durrett: OSU scandal

Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Longhorns talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Barkley on Manziel

Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Andy Dalton

Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.

Galloway and Company: Manziel talk

Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dez Bryant sounds off

Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dan Beebe

Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.