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Daily Bears Reports 8/24: Shock Linwood Interview; Volleyball Scrimage Results; Aqua Alert

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Five Seniors on Watchlist for 2017 Senior Bowl.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor Volleyball

Baylor volleyball played its annual Green & Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday evening at the Ferrell Center, giving fans a preview of the 2016 team, set to open its 2016 season on Friday with the Hampton Inn North Baylor Invitational. Baylor Bears dot com has the story and stats and provides this video:

Interview With Shock Linwood

McLane Stadium Honored

Baylor University’s McLane Stadium was recognized by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and given the Facility of Merit for Safety and Security Award. From Baylor Bears dot com:

The accolade, given to only four NCAA schools, recognizes a facility that has performed above and beyond normal operations to demonstrate an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security. The chosen facility may also have resolved a significant safety/security issue or incident. The award is selected by each professional league and the NCAA and presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

“We are honored to receive the NCS4 Facility of Merit for Safety and Security Award,” said Baylor Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Events Henry Howard. “Planning for the safety and security of our fans, student-athletes, visitors, staff and vendors is essential for a positive game day experience. It is fitting that a team sport is played at McLane Stadium as this is certainly a team award. McLane Stadium and Baylor University earned the 2016 Facility of Merit as a direct result of Mark Childers’ leadership and Drew Pittman’s diligence. The Athletics Department has worked closely with Baylor’s Department of Public Safety, SMG and our game day event staff to ensure the safest possible game-day environment for all.”

Baylor Football

No update yet on Travon Blanchard’s injury. Hopefully soon. Wait, this just in:

I have read report that says T's surgery will be today.

You are as young today as you will ever be!!

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Five Baylor football players, Kyle Fuller, Shock Linwood, Ryan Reid, Seth Russell and Orion Stewart, were named to the watch list for the 2017 Senior Bowl, bowl officials announced Tuesday. The full story is at Baylor Bears dot com.

The five players are vying for 110 roster spots at the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will take place on Jan. 28, 2017 in Mobile, Ala., at 1:30 p.m. CT at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on the NFL Network.

The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two NFL teams.

Last season, Baylor had six players on the watch list and four went on to represent the Bears in the game.

The Bears are sticking together, building chemistry and character and trying to prevent missteps off the field. USA Today has the story.

"One thing we do, we try to keep everybody out of trouble," Reid said. "I think we take the extra step to keep everybody on the right path. And I think that's just going to make us a better football player ... to see our leaders just taking the extra step to make this team better."

Seth Russell, a senior quarterback who was the top-rated FBS passer before a season-ending neck injury last October, said the Bears are looking forward to talking football and winning games while trying to build a culture of high character.

"That's what we're doing right now," Russell said. "We're sticking together each and every day. We're growing closer as a unit, as a team."

Aqua Alert

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Twitter Quotes

"Our scrimmage was a little bit better Saturday. What I've liked is neither side has dominated the other." - Grobe

"We have 6 or 7 true freshmen that may end up playing for us. Don't want to waste eligibility. Want freshman year to be worthwhile." - Grobe

"Shock seems to be on a mission. He knows with the other three guys, he has competition." - Coach Grobe

"K.J. (Smith) is really special. He's a difference maker. Most impressive has been the competition. Not just a couple guys." - Coach Grobe

"The young players are playmakers, and that saves a lot of time." - Ryan Reid on young team growing up quickly

"Shock is definitely on a mission. He wants to be the best RB that's ever come through here." - Kyle Fuller

"My job is to get the ball to the playmakers. Everyone has the potential to make big plays." - Seth Russell

Grobe on NT Bravvion Roy: "If he stays healthy and continues to work like he's been working he'll be in that first game."

Browns Say Gordon Stays

The Cleveland Browns have received offers for the trade of troubled receiver Josh Gordon but aren’t gonna let him go. Dawgs by Nature has the story.

Josh Gordon’s future with the Cleveland Browns was in doubt for a pretty long period of time, but over the past month, it’s become more and more evident that Hue Jackson and the organization have a genuine interest in him being a significant part of the offense this year.