This should have been out yesterday. But we have quite a few folks undergoing major life changes, and those of us that are lawyers during the day have had quite the couple of weeks.
But let’s get to the depth chart. Craig Smoak of ESPN 1660 tweeted it out:
#Baylor preseason depth chart. #SicEm pic.twitter.com/PxunNaV8nu— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) July 15, 2019
*It’s nice the “OR” era has ended. Guys know where they fall on the chart, and we don’t have 15 guys that could start at any position.
*Shouts to Matt Rhule for not playing games at other positions. Lincoln Riley maintains—as he has the last two years—that the QB competition is open at Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts will start at Oklahoma. Charlie Brewer will start at Baylor. There’s no need to make up a fake competition.
*Josh Fleeks starting at a wide receiver spot is a good sign. Baylor has a bevy of talented wide receivers, so for the sophomore with insane speed to be ahead shows a good spring.
*John Lovett is still listed at running back. He’s played some on the defensive side, and the thought was that he might stay on defense. But he’s been a monster as a running back. Baylor has struggled to keep their running backs healthy, so he’ll be valuable even as the third back.
*I don’t have too many takes on the offensive line. Teck and Fruhmorgen have switched positions, which sounds like it will be good for both players. Teck is now a three year starter and Fruhmorgen has a very high ceiling.
*Baylor’s defensive line should be dominant, if healthy. James Lockhart has been the star of the spring, and James Lynch might be Baylor’s best player. Bravion Roy is now a senior and had some impressive moves getting to the QB last year.
*The non-Clay Johnston linebacker spots remain a big question. Blake Lynch played well in the bowl game. Terrell Bernard had nice stretches. But the team’s speed at linebacker is a little concerning. I’m not too shocked with the starters at linebacker though.
*The secondary has to prove themselves this year. Phil Snow’s defense didn’t climb as high as many hoped in year two. The secondary struggled mightily last year, and Derek Thomas—the team’s best cornerback—is gone. Snow has some talented pieces, particularly Grayland Arnold and JT Woods, but the back nine of the defense could be the difference between 6-6 and 9-3.