MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles looks on during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats won 36-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Baylor's spring practices culminate on Saturday afternoon with the 2012 spring game, as the school begins the post-RG3 era in Waco.
Like many college programs throughout the country, the Baylor Bears will hold their spring football game on Saturday. While the spring game is always exciting to fans, this year's version will be particularly interesting to Baylor fans, who are now getting the first look at the post-Robert Griffin III era.
Mark C. Moore over at Our Daily Bears has an excellent breakdown of the game, and offers some thoughts on various positions to take a look at -- including quarterback.
The biggest question going into this offseason for the Baylor offense obviously revolved around which QB would inhabit the extremely large and nimble shoes of Robert Griffin III and helm the Baylor offensive machine. That question seems to have been answered conclusively by Nick Florence, the hands-down favorite at this point to start against SMU in the season-opener next year. Florence, by all accounts, took firm hold of the job in the last month despite a strong run by Bryce Petty, the presumptive number 2 QB. Baylor is in good hands at this position. I'm not worried.
Moore is most concerned about the safety position for Baylor, offering this preview:
At the risk of sending myself into a severe spiral of Ryan Swope-related depression, Mike Hicks and Sam Holl are still running with the first-team defense despite the existence of mountains of evidence concerning their incapability to play their assigned positions.
How do we not have anything better than these two back there? They have experience, sure, but it's experience mostly spent getting burned repeatedly. Now that junior Prince Kent has apparently spun down to back up Dixon at the nickel, senior Josh Wilson is probably our greatest hope to see one of them unseated until recruits Kiante Griffin and Aiavion Edwards get on campus* or Chance Casey recovers from his multitude of injuries. Maybe Jemarcus Johnson can do something, but he supposedly weighs less than the computer I'm typing this on, so I don't have high hopes.
Moore's breakdown is excellent and is well worth the read.
The scrimmage is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. CDT, and will be held at the Highers Complex practice fields. For those interested in attending, admission to the event is free.
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