Oct 8, 2011; Waco, TX, USA; The helmet of Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III (not pictured) rests on the sidelines during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Knowing the Big 12: Baylor Bears

The sixth Big 12 opponent on the schedule for the Kansas Jayhawks in 2012 will be the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks almost upset the Bears last season. Kansas had a 24-3 lead going into the fourth quarterback before Robert Griffin III showed up to play. RG III threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Baylor edged out the Jayhawks in overtime by a score of 31-30.

Last season, the Bears finished with an overall record of 10-3 and a conference record of 6-3. Baylor played against five ranked opponents in 2011 with four of them being Big 12 conference opponents. Their record against these ranked opponents was 3-2 as the ranked teams they lost to were the #21 Texas A&M Aggies and the #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys. The other ranked opponents included: the #14 TCU Horned Frogs, the #5 Oklahoma Sooners, and the #24 Texas Longhorns. The Baylor Bears earned the chance to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Washington Huskies where they won by a score of 67-56.

Baylor had five players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft and all of them were offensive players. These players include: Robert Griffin III (second overall pick by the Washington Redskins), Kendall Wright (first round pick to the Tennessee Titans), Philip Blake (fourth round pick to the Denver Broncos), Terrance Ganaway (sixth round to the New York Jets), and Robert T. Griffin (sixth round to the New York Jets). Baylor also had wide receiver, Josh Gordan, selected in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. Gordan was selected by the Cleveland Browns and will join other draft picks such as Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.

The biggest player in which the Baylor Bears lost this offseason was Robert Griffin III. That is usually the case when a school’s quarterback from last year wins the Heisman Award. Last season, RG III threw for 4,293 yards on 291 completions, 37 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He was also a dual threat for Baylor on offense. On top of passing, he could run the ball too. He recorded 699 rushing yards on 179 attempts and ten rushing touchdowns.

However, who will replace Robert Griffin III this season for the Bears? Right now, that answer looks like it will be Nick Florence. Florence is a senior at Baylor and has played his past three season at Baylor. Last year, Florence only played in one game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The reason he played in that game was because Robert Griffin II left the game early with an injury. In that one game, Florence recorded 151 passing yards on nine completions, three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), and zero interceptions. Baylor ended up winning that game by a score of 66-42.

Another notable player in which Baylor will need to replace is Terrance Ganaway.

2012 Baylor Bears Schedule -

SMU 9/2
Sam Houston State 9/15
@Louisiana-Monroe 9/21
@West Virginia 9/29
TCU 10/13
@Texas 10/20
@Iowa State 10/27
Kansas 11/3
@Oklahoma 11/10
Kansas State 11/17
Texas Tech 11/24
Oklahoma State 12/1

Other “Knowing the Big 12″ Previews -

TCU Horned Frogs
Kansas State Wildcats
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma Sooners
Texas Longhorns

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft Baylor Baylor Bears Baylor Football Big 12 Big 12 Conference Brandon Weeden Cleveland Browns Denver Broncos Heisman Award Josh Gordon Kansas Jayhawks Kendall Wright New York Jets Nick Florence Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys Philip Blake RG III Robert Griffin III Robert T. Griffin TCU Horned Frogs Tennessee Titans Terrance Ganaway Texas A&M Aggies Texas Longhorns Texas Tech Red Raiders Trent Richardson Valero Alamo Bowl Washington Huskes Washington Redskins

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