The first player on the Bears roster to be highlighted is Baylor's new 2013 starting quarterback, Bryce Petty.
Petty, at 6-foot-3-inches, 230-pounds, is from Midlothian, Texas, and is listed a fourth-year junior at Baylor (he graduated in May 2013 with a degree in health science studies).
After serving as a backup for the past two-plus seasons to 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and 2012 starter Nick Florence, Petty will finally get an opportunity to shine as the team's starting QB in 2013.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, Petty got his first shot as the new play-caller when the Bears went through a 45-minute scrimmage prior to the annual 'Meet the Bears' event, drawing a large crowd that witnessed the future of Baylor at the Highers Complex.
And following impressive performances by a pair of incoming freshman (Corey Coleman and Robbie Rhodes), the Bears newest QB, who was 11-of-16 for 166 yards while leading the first-team offense to scores on each of his four series, walked away from the scrimmage with a smile.
"It's fun to get out here and see what they can do," Petty told BaylorBears.com, the official site of Baylor Athletics. "When you get them out here and see what they can do, it's fun to watch."
Baylor head coach Art Briles was also happy to see Petty's progress at the Aug. 10 scrimmage, as the junior steps in to fill a vital role for the Bears this season.
"I thought Bryce [Petty] did exceptionally well," Briles said. "His timing, his rhythm, his mental capacity is really on cue. I'll have to look at the tape, but just from the naked eye, I thought he looked really good."
That's good news for Bears fans who have been wondering who will be the new quarterback and vocal leader for a green and gold football team that has tasted quite a bit of success over the past few growing seasons.
Regardless of the question marks that remain, there is definitely a reason to remain optimistic.
One of the strongest aspects of Baylor's offense surrounds a highly-touted (and rightfully so) offensive line.
"I love those big guys," Petty said. "They do a lot for me and a lot for our run game. They make it easy for me is what really goes on, starting with Cyril [Richardson] and [Spencer] Drango on the left side. I'd like to see people go up against them. They're really good, and like I said, they make my job easy."
The Aug. 10 scrimmage also gave Petty an opportunity to work with the Bears' new receivers, and the junior is confident things will begin clicking on all cylinders as the season looms closer and closer to opening kickoff.
"A lot of the older guys haven't had a lot of work with me either," Petty said. "That's why college is great you move and different people get roles to step up. That's what I'm trying to do and what they're trying to do.
"It's fun to get out here and see what they can do, because we can all play. That's why it is hard to sit and wait sometimes. When you get them out here and see what they can do, it is fun to watch."
I'm sure Petty is exactly right, and I can't wait to find out.
The Bears open the 2013 regular season on Saturday, Aug. 31, hosting Wofford at Floyd Casey Stadium, with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. CT on FSN.
Are you ready, Baylor Nation?
Information from the official site of Baylor Athletics (http://BaylorBears.com) was used in this report.
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