You can smell the grass. You can feel the heat of summer starting to intensify before the inevitable cooling off of fall. Yes ladies and gentleman, it is almost football time. And with the dawn of a new football season upon us, it is the annual rite of passage to examine every little morsel and scrap of information that comes our way. This scrap is a big one, with the release of a new roster to welcome the start of fall practice Monday afternoon.
All of the expected freshman are on the roster, with the exception of Cordell Dorsey, who did not sign with the Bears due to some legal trouble that he was cleared of at a later date. We have been told he will be on the team, but it does not appear he is an official member yet. Another name missing from the roster is transfer Same Ukwuachu. He was not listed on the spring roster as well. BearsIllustrated is checking with sources to see if there is anything to this.
Out of all of the freshman now listed, the pure size of Blake Blackmar is the most impressive. Already listed at 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, Blackmar has the size to play right away. Luckily, the Bears guard rotation has some good options and depth, so that will probably mean the true freshman will have a greater chance to redshirt.
Of course, there are always “adjustments” to the height and weight of quite a few freshman as they transition from prospects to players. Jourdan Blake shrunk 2 inches, from 6-foot-1 to 5-foot-11. Here is a full list of the freshman with their scout attributes and their Baylor roster attributes:
|Number||Name||Pos||Roster Height||Scout Height||Roster Weight||Scout Weight|
Outside of Blake, Chris Platt also shrunk 2 inches, falling from 5-foot-11, to 5-foot-9 while also losing 10 pounds. Everyone else was within an inch of their listed height (though all were the same or shorter). Weights changed both directions though, with several players putting on good weight. Xavier Jones put on 30 pounds in his transition from high school linebacker/defensive end to a full time college end. He is up to 235 pounds. Patrick Lawrence also put on 25 pounds this summer. Ira Lewis was the big gainer though, transitioning from end to defensive tackle and adding 35 pounds to his scout weight.
In terms of returning players that have changed position or had weight loss/gain, Brian Nance is down to 235 pounds. He was up to 255 last year, thus his switch to defensive end. With the weight loss, could the former 4-star linebacker be moving farther from the line of scrimmage? Peni Tagive is also listed formally as a running back, and is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds. The newcomer to football has struggled to settle into a position, but seems to have landed at running back. This would seem logical due to his Australian Rugby experience.
The biggest news to me though is the presence of a new transfer from Mary-Hardin Baylor. A sophomore linebacker by the name of Baylor Black is on the roster. You can't make a name like that up.