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You'll have to deal with me this morning as Kate is internet-less somehow and unable to bring you all the Baylor news and links fit to print. That's why this is going up over an hour later than it typically does.
First up is then news I brought to you this morning in the form of a video. Baylor held its final scrimmage of the preseason yesterday afternoon in a 75-play affair on the turf at FCS. Facing off against the second-team defense, Nick Florence led the first-team offense on four touchdown drives including passes to Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese. Glasco Martin and Jarred Salubi added running TDs of their own.
Speaking of Terrance Williams, he was named to the first-ever Senior Bowl Watch List yesterday by the organization that handles the game along with something like 56,000 other players. I know it's difficult to forecast a year in advance something that is based on invitations (players don't have to play) and may change significantly through the season, but there's a point where a "watch list" gets so long it's basically just a list of the players in CFB.
The Baylor Lariat provided a great look at the Baylor offensive line this morning that included a picture of the five probable starters for most of the season. Good job, Lariat writers!
Over at SBNation Dallas, they did their best to provide an extremely biased look at the Big XII title race and how it might impact the run to the BCS National Championship. The article, which includes "Texas Longhorns" in the URL with no other teams, doesn't even include Baylor until the last paragraph as if it is completely impossible that we might play a role. Did the author forget that it is Texas, not Baylor, coming off an 8-win season that still doesn't have a QB worthy of the title? Apparently.
The News-Tribune posted a length preview of the 2012 Baylor Bears that is worth a look. I don't know much about the News-Tribune, but it reads well. Another item of interest is the Baylor tailgating guide from Yahoo! Sports. I've never seen that done before.
For a little news about our first foe this year, the Mustangs of SMU, CBSSports has a preview of the top draft prospects from the entire Conference USA that includes a few players of note for us. DallasNews.com also joined in on the fun with a look at two SMU players in particular who hope to get the Mustangs to their fourth bowl game in four years. Their home sports page currently sports a Baylor-centric look and includes a game-by-game prediction for this season that has us going 7-5.
Shifting gears a bit, Baylor Soccer improved to 3-0 on the young season with a come-from-behind victory over Cal State Northridge. The Lady Bears had to overcome an early own goal to triumph in the contest. Aside from safeties in football, is soccer the only sport where you can score on yourself with potential regularity?
Baylor Volleyball followed Soccer's lead to win their first game of the 2012 season 3-0 over Texas A&M Commerce last night. Good job, Ladies!
Finally, nearly 500 student-athletes, coaches, and staff from the Baylor Athletic Department will work this Monday to prepare 100,000 meals to send to children in developing countries. The effort was organized in a co-venture with "Feed My Starving Children," a charitable group based in Minnesota. Sic 'em, Bears!