March 20, 2007

Let the games begin

Every spring brings new questions, and Baylor enters spring drills with plenty.

Who will start at quarterback? Who will step in to replace Baylor's most dominant receiving tandem? What will happen to special teams with the departure of Daniel Sepulveda and Ryan Havens? What about cornerback?

These are just the obvious one's, and while the answers are not known and may not be known until the start of the 2007 season, it's always fun to take a look at position battles and make projections.

Position Battles to Watch

At the top of the list is the quarterback battle where there is no shortage of candidates. The Bears added senior Kent State transfer Michael Machen and junior college standout John David Weed to the roster and it is hard to imagine they were brought in to ride the pine or hold a clipboard. That said they will not be handed the job and sophomore Blake Szymanski is set on making sure the QB spot is his to hold.

Redshirt freshman Tyler Beatty is also expected to make a strong push and then there is Ryan Roberts. Roberts, a transfer from Midwestern State, has not received much publicity but he volunteered to run the scout team and spent the offseason breaking down as much tape as possible to prepare himself for his opportunity. He is not to be overlooked as a possible candidate.

The new names and fresh faces should make for an interesting battle and discussion.

On a lesser scale J.D. Walton and Mike Miller appear to be set for a battle for the center position and Chad Smith and James Barnard will fight for the top spot at right guard. At the very least each of the names above are expected to add to the rotation at offensive line.

On defense the safety spots will be fun to watch as well. Dwain Crawford and Jeremy Williams Could battle it out at outside safety and Tim Atchison could make things interesting for Jordan Lake at free safety.

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