Baylor received good news on the injury front. Chris Platt, Drew Galitz, Clay Johnston, and Xavier Jones are all cleared to take place in a full camp. The Bears offensive line is also noticeably bigger, the largest being Blake Blackmar, checking in at 6-5, 325. Former tight end Sam Tecklenburg is also over 300 pounds.
According to Craig Smoke, Shawn Bell will continue to coach the offensive line for the Bears. Bell served as an analyst last season and worked with the line in the spring while line coach George DeLeone recovered from hip surgery. DeLeone is still on the staff, serving as a consultant.
The injury bug hit Texas State early as the San Marcos Daily Record's Nick Castillo reported Friday. The biggest news is the loss of running back Anthony Smith for the year. Nic Foster is also held out due to concussion protocol and may miss the season as well. Foster started at left tackle for the Bobcats as a true freshman.
Ish Davis and Mason Hays are both back. Davis, a defensive end tore his ACL while Hays, a receiver broke his fibula last season. The Bobcats are counting on both to contribute heavily this season. Davis had nineteen tackles in four games prior to injury. Hays caught nine passes in four games with one score.
Everett Withers confirmed that Jashon Waddy is moving from cornerback to safety. Depth at corner allows one of the Bobcats best defenders to play a more significant role in the defense.
Kliff Kingsbury announced at Tech's media day that he'd retain play-calling duties this season. Tech hired Kevin Johns as offensive coordinator, replacing Eric Morris who left Lubbock to take over Incarnate Word's program.
Johns coached at Western Michigan last season after sixteen years at Northwestern and Indiana. As for how he fits into the offensive framework, Johns defers to Kingsbury, “[Kliff's] a guy that this is his offense, he has designed it and he knows exactly what he wants.”
Tech announced the addition of Adrien Cross, a JUCO safety from Hutchinson, Kansas. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs tempered any projections for Cross saying his late arrival to the roster probably means he'll be a depth player.
Frank Wilson like the competition after UTSA first practice. He noted that running back with Jalen Rhodes and B.J. Daniels, defensive tackle with King Newton and Baylen Baker as well as quarterback are all healthy competitions. "I think it's going to make our team better" Wilson said.
He's letting the quarterbacks play, not being as protective thanks to depth. Last season because of the youth behind starter Dalton Sturm, he handled the position in camp with "kid gloves." He noted that the defense ended with a flurry with two pick-sixes including one by Josiah Tauaefa.