WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03: Jerod Monk #20 of the Baylor Bears celebrates with teammates Sam Holl #25 and Ahmad Dixon #6 during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas. The Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Longhorns 48-24. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
These are my best guesses based on what I've read about how things stand right now across-the-board. One Baylor subscription site reported today that Coach Briles officially released a 2-deep roster, but I haven't seen that confirmed anywhere. I used a lot of what they reported except where it conflicted with other sources that I trust more than that. If/when those rumors become reality, I'll update this post accordingly.
Legend (this is an awful way of doing things, but I don't have any better options yet):
CAPITALIZED = Seniors
Bold = Junior
Italics = Sophomores
Plain Text = Redshirt Freshmen
Thoughts below the jump...
General: This depth chart doesn't include any incoming freshmen whatsoever, so keep that in mind. I've said before that I think Corey Coleman, Javonte Magee, and one of Kiante Griffin or Aiavion Edwards (if not both) will see playing time. Brian Nance has a definite shot if he makes it in, too.
- We have 5 senior starters on offense and 5 on defense as of this moment.
- That leaves 6 spots on both side of the ball held by juniors, sophomores, and redshirt freshmen. Too many seniors is obviously a bad thing, just like too many underclassmen can be, too. Think Texas this past year for the latter problem, particularly on offense.
- I see a Corey Coleman-sized hole at IR opposite Reese. Norwood was a solid pass-catcher in 2011 in relatively short stints, but Coleman will be a star for Baylor sooner rather than later. Kendall Wright 2.0.
- Fairly bold to start a RS-FR (Drango) and a RS-So (Baker) on the OL. I have no worries about Wade or Richardson, and I think Kaufhold will be at least serviceable. Drango is the best recruit Briles has ever gotten on the OL, and he's asking him to guard his senior QB's backside already. Hope you're ready for it, kid.
- I like the three-headed RB monster of Salubi, Martin, and Seastrunk. We don't use our FBs much, so I wouldn't pay much attention to that position outside of pure blocking and maybe the occasional short-yardage situation.
- I really like our cornerbacks. This is the first time I can remember where I would feel comfortable with any of the four playing at any given time. Other than Dixon's, that is my position of most confidence on the defense.
- It's probably not a great thing to have two RS-FR backing up seniors at DT, but it is what it is. We don't have any depth at all through the sophomore and junior classes inside on defense. At least the younger guys will have experience...?
- We lose our entire starting defensive line as of this moment, but we return everyone else on defense except for Hicks after next year.
- I hope Prince Kent can contribute this season in relief of Dixon. Kent came to Baylor with tremendous physical promise that has so far gone unfulfilled. I'm glad to see that he's moved into a more prominent role after 2 years here already.