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Daily Bears Reports 8/6: Seth Russell Makes Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watchlist; Meet the Bears is Today; CampBU Day2!

Baylor’s Bears Steal the Show at Cleveland’s First Scrimmage


Baylor senior Seth Russell was named to the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list, the award's foundation announced recently.

He was the starting quarterback for BU through the first seven games of 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury. Russell racked up 2,104 yards, 29 TDs and six picks on 119-200 passing and 402 yards and six TDs on 49 rushes. He was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches and a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award. Russell ranked 15th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 with 29 passing TDs in just seven games. He broke the single-season school record with 10.06 total offense yards per play.

Russell has already been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Wuerffel Trophy and Davey O’Brien Award this fall.

Camp BU

Baylor football will hold its annual “Meet the Bears” fan event Today from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at McLane Stadium.

Players and coaches will be available for autographs on the 100 level concourse between sections 117 and 124. Fans can enter the stadium through Gate B and park at lots 2, 3 and 4.

Complimentary 2016 schedule posters and schedule cards will be available. Fans will be limited to two autographed items from each player and coach.

WacoTrib says the Bears will use the 3-4 defense more this season.

Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe is open to whatever alignment defensive coordinator Phil Bennett chooses to run. But he believes Baylor’s talent and experience matches the 3-4 scheme.

Grobe has a defensive background since he was a linebackers coach at Air Force from 1984-94 before becoming the head coach at Ohio University and then Wake Forest.

“I can probably help Phil a little bit,” Grobe said. “If we play more 3-4 stuff, I’d have some ideas there. We can get in some more three-mans, and we may want to do that any way because we have so many athletic kids. With all the fun and gun stuff in the Big 12 and across the country having more speed out there won’t hurt you.”

Campus Insiders Ranks Baylor at No. 22.

The machine isn’t going to come to a complete stop. It’s not going to be the same offensive juggernaut it was in the Art Briles era, but quarterback Seth Russell – if he can stay healthy – is still one of the most dangerous passers in college football, and KD Cannon and the receiving corps should be stellar. With one of the deepest groups of running backs in the country the ground game should be outstanding if the rebuilt line can come together in a hurry.

Browns’ Bears

The Browns’ Bears are on fire in Cleveland’s first scrimmage.

The biggest play of the evening came when Coleman caught a 41-yard pass in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, diving for the ball behind third-year cornerback Justin Gilbert.

Hugh Jackson not quite ready to anoint Corey Coleman.

"He knows how to score the football,'' Jackson said. "He knows how to get from here to there very fast and get the ball in the end zone and he's proven that, but he's got some things to clean up. Again, I don't want to anoint this young man yet. It's way too soon. I'll be the first to tell you that.

"Has he shown some very unquestioned ability? Yes he has, so I want to give him that, but at the same time, he knows there are some things I'm expecting him to get cleaned up here real fast in order to be the type of player I think he can be.''

Baylor Soccer

Scandal Update

Baylor and Art Briles file motions to dismiss lawsuit.

The motions to dismiss claim an individual school employee cannot be sued under Title IX and that the statute of limitations has passed for Hernandez to file suit. Documents also claim a university can’t be held liable for criminal acts perpetrated by students against other students off campus.

Baylor and Briles had previously filed motions to dismiss in the case. This week’s filings are in response to Hernandez amending the lawsuit last month.

According to TMZ Sports, Shawn Oakman has pleaded not guilty to the rape charge.

Oakman -- who, at one point, was projected to be a top NFL draft pick -- just signed a waiver of arraignment with the McLennan County District Court, which means he's entered a plea of not guilty.

We spoke with Oakman's lawyer, Michelle Tuegel, who maintains that her client is innocent -- claiming the sex was consensual. Tuegel says the two had a consensual, intimate sexual relationship before the incident.