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Baylor QB Jacob Zeno Enters the Transfer Portal

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It’s not really a portal; it’s a spreadsheet. But portal is a cooler name.

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We’ll always have the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game and those two incredible throws against Oklahoma.

A few minutes ago, news broke that Baylor’s backup QB, redshirt sophomore Jacob Zeno, had decided to enter the transfer portal. Reports started swirling this weekend that someone had decided to transfer, but Rivals had the news that it was Zeno first.

While it is obviously sad to hear that any player wants to leave Baylor for other opportunities, this is not exactly unexpected at this point. After being the favorite of many last season to get playing time in place of Charlie Brewer, Zeno competed for and lost the starting job this off-season to junior Gerry Bohanon, who has since solidified his hold on that job with stellar play. That relegated Zeno to the backup spot alongside freshmen Blake Shapen, with fellow freshman Kyron Drones probably redshirting but also available. Looking forward, considering Gerry has another full season after this one, the chances of significant playing time (barring injury) for Zeno were probably pretty small until at least 2023, and having two well-regarded freshmen behind him makes that less than ideal. Still, the timing is a little weird since you would assume that it has something to do with Zeno having only played three games this season, putting him in line for a possible redshirt himself, but he already redshirted before.

Zeno’s departure now means Baylor will have three scholarship QBs on the roster rather than four for the remainder of the season. Baylor does not currently have a QB commit in the 2022 class, but that may change. We, of course, wish Jacob the best of luck going forward and will update everyone as soon as something comes out about possible destinations.