This coming Friday, February 28, Baylor Football kicks off another spring practice slate. This time, however, it will be doing it as the reining Big 12 Champion. Expectations are high and emotions possibly even higher as fans prepare for life after the departure of program mainstays like Tevin Reese, Cyril Richardson, Ahmad Dixon, Glasco Martin and, of course, Lache Seastrunk. I could name a dozen more that we will somehow have to learn to live without.
The full schedule from BaylorBears.com:
Baylor spring practice dates are scheduled for Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 4, 6, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, April 1, 3, 4, and 5. Fan inquiries about attending workouts may be directed to the football office at 254-710-3058.
That last practice, April 5, will actually be a controlled scrimmage. Baylor has opened that up to fans before and made a carnival-like atmosphere that was actually quite fun. I hope to make it down and would enjoy meeting as many ODBers as possible, should they do so again.
Because I'm getting to this information somewhat late, seeing as how it is February 26 already, I won't have time to do all the preparatory work I had planned for the pre-Spring Practice period. Nevertheless, I hope today and tomorrow to put together a 5 Biggest Questions post for each side of the ball in order to prepare a little better for what we might see. I've also been updating the Way-Too-Early Depth Charts as new information has become available, and last night we took our first look at the Updated 2014 Rosters now that the seniors are gone and the midterm enrollees are here.
I don't know about you guys, but this offseason seemed, at times, like both the longest and shortest I can recall. By the time the team starts practicing Friday, their last game will have been a day short of two months before. That's not very long at all. But it seems like it's been forever since we watched Baylor Football, or, at the very least, far too long. I guess that's the difference having a great season makes: though the Fiesta Bowl ended in disappointment, 2013-2014 on the whole left Baylor fans with so much hope for the future that we can't wait to see it in action.
As always, if there is anything you'd like to see from anyone here at ODB over the coming days/weeks, please let me know. Or, even better, if you want to write something yourself in a fanpost, please feel free to do so. Put enough into it and I'll promote your work to the front page for all to see. Just a peak at a few of my questions:
LG: Jarell Broxton, LaQuan McGowan, or the field?
NB: Kiante Griffin, Raaquan Davis, or Austin Jupe?
CB: Who steps up next to Xavien Howard (or maybe not him)?
QB: The starter is fairly well set, but who wins the battle to be Bryce Petty's backup?
Things like that.