August 4, 2006

Change is in the air

Season of Change

Baylor has restructured the offensive coaching staff bringing in Offensive Coordinator Lee Hays and quarterback coach Wes Phillips to replace Brent Pease. Chris Lancaster has moved from offensive line to running backs and head coach Guy Morriss is set to take over the job of coaching the line himself.

On the field Terrance Parks has moved to H-receiver from quarterback, Jason Smith from tight end to right tackle, Dan Gay from defensive tackle to right guard, and Jason Lamb from tight end to defensive end.

Baylor again will see two new linebackers in the middle of their 4-2-5 attack. Antonio Jones a redshirt freshman appears to be the most athletic backer on the Baylor defense since John Garrett and Nick Moore a junior transfer from Georgia Tech will man the middle as well.

Safety is another that will be fun to watch with the competition expected to be fierce to replace rover Willie Andrews and free safety Maurice Lane. Names such as Dwain Crawford, Jordan Lake, Brandon Stiggers, and Marlon Price have been popular as well as true freshman Tim Atchison.

Queito Teasley could see action at multiple positions, receiver and running back, and Carl Sims has lined up at multiple positions on the field as well.

Still with all the changes there are a few constants. The offense will still be led down the field by Shawn Bell. His favorite targets will continue to be Trent Shelton and Dominique Zeigler, although newcomers David Gettis and Ernest Smith could see their fair share of balls. Then there is the two-back combination of Paul Mosley and Brandon Whitaker, who combined for over 1,000 yards in 2005.

Up front the Bears return Will Blaylock, Yancy Boatner, Chad Smith, Travis Farst, and Matt Lott. Blaylock and Boatner have switched spots but they both return as starters for the 2006 season.

The defense also has some solid leaders returning. M.T. Robinson and Marcus Foreman give the Bears experience up front, and C.J. Wilson and Anthony Arline anchor a cornerback unit as talented and deep as any in the conference.

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