Player to watch: Terrance Ganaway

If last year’s game between Baylor and Kansas State taught us anything it’s that the Bears have more offensive weapons than Robert Griffin III.

While the Wildcats’ defensive backs played off the line of scrimmage and tried to prevent Griffin, Baylor’s do-everything quarterback, from throwing deep, running back Jay Finley did all kinds of damage at the line of scrimmage. He turned 26 carries into a career-high 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Granted, K-State’s defense is much better today than it was back then, but the point remains: Baylor’s offense is more complex than just its best player. Even if he is a Heisman Trophy contender and has completed more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12).

One player who could hurt K-State this year is running back Terrance Ganaway, a senior from DeKalb, Texas. In three games this season, he has rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries. He has rushed for at least 80 yards and a touchdown in every game.
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Player to watch: Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin This space is normally used to highlight an opposing player that isn’t already in the limelight. So far this season, we’ve advised you to watch a kicker, a cornerback and two linebackers. But this week we go with an obvious choice: the quarterback.

Why? Because Robert Griffin means everything to Baylor. When he was injured at the beginning of last season, the Bears went from a trendy pick to reach a bowl game right back to the Baylor of old.

Now that he’s back and healthy, the Bears sport one of the most explosive offenses around — they average 33 points and 446 yards per game — and are on the verge of becoming eligible for the postseason for the first time since Starter jackets were cool.

He is more important to the Bears than Daniel Thomas is to the Wildcats. He is the most popular athlete in Waco. Heck, even the mascot likes him.

Stopping him will be Kansas State’s top challenge. Bill Snyder understands it will be difficult.

“He can run. He can throw. He can lead and motivate his team,” Snyder said. “He is a complete player. Read More »

Looking ahead to Gameday: at Baylor

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, at Kansas.
RobertGriffin_001 It’s hard to imagine any player in the country being more important to his team than Robert Griffin is to Baylor.

The dual-threat quarterback is one of the best around, and his mere presence brings optimism to the Bears’ sideline.

Just look at how Baylor performed last year. With Griffin, the Bears won a big game at Wake Forest, lost a tough one to Connecticut and slaughtered Northwestern State. Without him (he suffered a knee injury in Week 3) they went 2-9.

At Big 12 Media Days, teammates said his injury was devastating. Some players lost their enthusiasm. Others found it difficult to stay focused when the offense sputtered.

Griffin is once again healthy, though, and with a more favorable schedule than a year ago the Bears are hoping to end a 16-year bowl drought. Read More »

Now at the podium: Baylor

Baylor was building a lot of hype last season, and most believed the Bears would finally qualify for a bowl game.

Then star quarterback Robert Griffin went down with an injury.

Baylor never recovered.

But Griffin is back, and coach Art Briles says he is completely healthy. So, as you might expect, that hype is back.
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