It is not enough to say that the #21 Baylor Bears (7-2, 4-1) are 8th in the country in total offense; which they are. Or that they rank 10th in the country in passing offense; which they do. While it all starts up front with the offensive line, Baylor’s offensive skill position players are perhaps, collectively, the most talented to wear the green and gold in 20 years. Sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III is a major reason for the turn-around that Baylor head coach Art Briles has turned in at Baylor, but the wide receivers Griffin III gets to throw to have made this Baylor offense explosive.
Junior receiver Kendall Wright continues to perform at an all-conference pace, and he has been Baylor’s leading receiver the past 2 seasons.
As a true freshman, Wright hauled in 50 receptions for 649 yards and 5 TD. Not only did he lead all Baylor receivers in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, Wright showed the athletic ability to play on Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears basketball team as a reserve guard. Last season, Wright recorded 66 catches for 740 yards and 4 TD. Once again, Wright led the team in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns. In 9 games so far in 2010, Wright is continuing to lead all Baylor receivers in receptions and yards. He has recorded 51 receptions, 702 yards, and 6 TD so far on the season, and has made a catch in each game of his 33 game career. Wright is an All-America candidate, and he also is a Biletnikoff Award Candidate.
Sophomore receiver Josh Gordon has shown his big play ability this season, as well as his ability to make plays underneath to move the chains. At 6’3” 220 pounds, Gordon is a downfield threat that leads the team in touchdown receptions this season with 7.
The physical Gordon has recorded 28 receptions for 587 yards on the season thus far, and his team-leading 21.0 yards per reception figure is among the league leaders. Gordon is part of a school-record, a 94-yard touchdown pass, that occurred in Baylor’s victory over Kansas earlier this season.
6’2” sophomore wide receiver, Terrance Williams, has been a big part of Baylor offense that has averaged over 490 yards per game.
Williams, who also shares kickoff return duties, has caught 28 passes this season for 380 yards and 4 TD. Williams is a nimble receiver that works well at the outside receiver spot, but has the physical attributes to go over the middle to make a catch. Williams made the most out of his 3 receptions against the Texas Longhorns as he led all receivers with 77 yards. Williams also turned a simple slant route into a 59-yard TD play as he beat the Longhorn secondary in a race to the end zone.
True freshman Tevin Reese has played himself into a starting role on Baylor’s offense as an inside receiver.
While the 5’10” Temple High School product is still looking for his first TD on the season, his quickness has enabled him to find openings in defensive coverages.
Reese has recorded 33 catches for 300 yards on the season, and most have come on short hitch routes or screen routes to the outside. Reese possesses great speed and athleticism as he was a standout 300-meter hurdler in high school.
Perhaps the most overlooked and under-appreciated wide receiver on the Baylor roster is sophomore Lanear Sampson.
Sampson started 11 games as a freshman last season, and he hauled in 29 receptions for 297 yards and 2 TD. The 5’11” 200 Mesquite High School product is a speed-demon at outside receiver, but has spent plenty of time blocking for his teammates this season. He has tallied 27 receptions and 266 yards on the season, but his blocking downfield has been his biggest asset to the team. Sampson is an unselfish player that possesses the hands, speed, and moves to be successful in a more prominent role, but is getting the job done for Baylor starting at the outside receiver position.
While there are several other players that have contributed to the offensive success Baylor has had from a receiving standpoint, Wright, Gordon, Williams, Reese, and Sampson are the 5 receivers making things happen throughout every game. With phenomenal quarterback Robert Griffin III at the helm and the ability of running back Jay Finley to run the football efficiently, the Baylor receivers are sure to finish out the season in the same fashion they started.