TRYING TO MAKE SIMPLE BETTER


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ARLINGTON, Texas – After a rookie season that in many ways was unfair, the Baylor coach Dave aranda said the Bears want to do “just better.”

“I feel like if you really focus on the simple, the simple can be sophisticated,” said Aranda, who made his Big 12 Football Media Day appearance on Thursday at AT&T Stadium, site of the Big 12 Championship. Game. “You can really take ownership and take the basics to new heights. I’m really excited to see where this ends up.”
After a 2-7 season that included one-point losses to West Virginia, Texas Tech and Iowa State, the Bears have a seasoned defense that sacked 10 starters. The secondary comes back intact with JT Wood and Christian morgan safely and Kalon barnes and Raleigh Texada at the corners.

“Great flexibility with this squad and great football IQ, a big attention factor. These guys love football,” said Aranda. “When you have that and you have the athleticism and flexibility of someone who can play high; someone who can play man-to-man slots; someone who can play the half and the ballhawk; someone who can blitz out of the perimeter; someone who can set the edges when there’s a race ahead, I think that gives you options. Very excited about our high school. “

One of the centerpieces that goes to defense is the senior linebacker Terrel Bernard, a double All-Big 12 second-team pick and an All-Big 12 preseason pick who missed the last four games of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury.

“Big fan of Terrel,” said Aranda. “He has a big heart. His concern for others, there is a selflessness about him that our team sees and recognizes. And he pushes people to be better with the way he spends his day… What we do and what we do and what we do and what. why we are doing it and where the help is, I think the sky is the limit for him. “

The offense also returns a multitude of experiences with RJ Sneed, Tyquan Thornton and Josh fleeks to the receiver, Ben sims at the tight end and Connor galvin and Xavier newman johnson in the row. Trestan Ebner is an All-American kickback and will fight a converted linebacker Abram smith for the work from start to rollback.

“I am excited about the direction of our attack and the shaping of our identity,” Aranda said of an offense led by the first year coordinator. Jeff grimes, who spent three years at BYU. “I think we worked really hard to inject energy and an advantage into our offensive line. I am excited about our talented players. I think they can come to life when there is a solid racing game established.
One of the keys will be an improved offensive line that has received an infusion of talent with transfers Grant Miller by Vanderbilt and Jacob Gall of Buffalo.

“Just seeing the number of our O linemen,” Aranda said, “during the fall it was our O line and our D line combined. It was like, ‘Whoah!’ It really created a lot of competition, and we missed it a lot last fall … I think our two transfers both bring intelligence, maturity, a level of effort that is very high. , matches their level of care. Very impressed with both. “

Aranda said he hopes a clear starter emerges at the quarterback, but enjoys the competition between the juniors Gerry Bohanon, second year Jacob Zeno and rookie redshirt Blake shapen, all three of which are listed on the depth chart before entering fall camp.

“All of these guys, each has their own thing they’re working on,” Aranda said. “But I appreciate them, because I understand it perfectly. They know where they are at, they know what they have to work on. I think the team is energized by their competition and their ability to help each other and their love for them. for each other. We’re going to be better at it. “

The Bears are scheduled to begin fall camp on August 6 and will kick off with a road game against Texas State at 6 p.m. on September 4 in San Marcos. A week later, Baylor returns home to host Texas Southern at 6 p.m. on September 11 at McLane Stadium.

Ticket information is available at the 2021 Baylor Football link.


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