*Taken from BaylorBears.com
With the Bears exiting fall practice and their training camp and entering the game-week preparations, the final depth chart of the pre-season was announced. What are some of the big takeaways of the roster and what could they mean for the 2013 season?
-The Bears return just 2.6% of their passing yards from the 2012 season. Leading passer Nick Florence has graduated. Starter Bryce Petty was second on the team in passing with 97 yards, while now junior receiver Levi Norwood had 21 yards passing. The Bears also have zero returning starts at the quarterback position.
-The running back position looks significantly better. They return 65.25% of their rushing output from 2012, but their top two returning rushers are back in Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. The two also combined to start 7 of the Bears 13 games. Their third leading rusher was Nick Florence, while Jarred Salubi had 464 yards and the other 6 starts at the tailback position.
-While the Bears retain their two leading rushers, they lose their top pass catcher from 2012. He also happened to be one of the top pass catchers in the NCAA last year as well. He had 97 catches for 1832 yards. That by itself was over 41% of the Baylor receiving yards and almost 33% of the receptions.
-Outside of Williams though, the Bears also lost multi-year starter Lanear Sampson and transfer Daryl Stonum. With those three seniors no longer with the Bears, they have just 48.2% of their receptions coming back and 42.8% of their receiving yards.
-Last year, the Bears scored 72 touchdowns. Glasco Martin led the team with 15 touchdowns, all but one of which came within the redzone. The average touchdown he scored was just 5.067 yards. In total, his touchdowns covered just 76 yards, the same distance that Lache Seastrunk had on the game clinching touchdown run he had against Oklahoma State on just one leg.
-The Bears return 57% of their offensive touchdowns from scrimmage. They also return 75% of their defensive touchdowns (three of four), and they did not have a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown.
-The Bears have their four top tacklers returning, including 3 that had over 100 total tackles in 2012. In total, they had 962 touchdowns, and return 77% of their tackles.
-In total, the Bears have 282 returning career starts. 59.57% of those are on the defensive side of the ball, and they average 15 career starts per current starter. On offense, that goes down to 10.36 starts per current starter.
-Of the 30 listed starters on offense and defense (some positions have OR) there are 1 true freshman, 2 redshirt freshman, 6 sophomores, 7 juniors, and 14 seniors. The offense has both of the freshman in redshirt Corey Coleman and true freshman Robbie Rhodes, both at the wide receiver position.
-Baylor’s 14 senior starters have 7 on offense and 7 on defense. The average “class” of the starter for the Bears is 3.067 yards, or pretty much a junior.
-In all, there are 13 redshirt freshmen on the 2-deep roster. In addition to those 13, there are 5 true freshmen on the 2-deep roster, with four of those on defense.
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