Robert Griffin III and his Baylor Bears travel to Kyle Field this weekend to take on a slumping Aggies team that needs a big win in the worst way. This will be the first big test for RGIII and many analysts believe this will either be the start of the end of his heisman campaign. A&M has a loaded defense that isn’t afraid to get after the QB so Baylor will need to do its best to protest Griffin and give him to find WR Kendall Wright down the field. In the end I think Aggies keep it close but fall in their third consecutive game as Baylor’s special season marches forward.
QB Robert Griffin III-6’2, 220 lbs.*
Has any player done more to improve their stock this year than RGIII? Not only is he arguably the leading the candidate for this year’s Heisman race, he has his Baylor Bears ranked and talking about going bowling? Griffin has shown off impressive touch this year on his deep ball and an improved willingness to go through his reads and make the proper decision.
RB Terrance Ganaway-6’0, 240 lbs.
If you watched Baylor v. TCU in Week 1, Terrance Ganaway is a player who you saw and wondered if he would be the type of guy who would get better as the season wore on. He’s a massive back that many will compare to Brandon Jacobs coming out. He has good power and impressive burst through the hole. He’s not going to run away from you but he will consistently break into the 2nd level and churn through yardage.
WR Kendall Wright-5’10, 190 lbs.
No player has benefited more by RGIII’s dominance than Kendall Wright, his 690 receiving yards are tops in the Big 12 and his 8 TD’s lead the nation. Wright has been the big play threat for Baylor all season long using his blazing speed and quickness to make big things happen down the field. RGIII to Wright has been one of the most consistent and deadly WR-QB combos so far this season.
WR Terrance Williams-6’3, 190 lbs.*
Wright is Baylor’s big play threat but keep your eyes on Terrance Williams as the season progresses. Defenses are going to start rolling coverage over to Wright and that’s when I expect RGIII to hit Williams. Williams is still developing as a route runner but he has good size is athletic and has shown the ability to go get the jump ball.
OG Robert T. Griffin-6’6, 335 lbs.
An absolutely massive OG prospect, Griffin will be counted on to clear out the running lanes for Ganaway. He shows good power off the snaps and can move relatively well for a man his size. He’ll be asked to get to the 2nd level v. Texas A&M and get his hands on LB Garrick Williams.
OC Phillip Blake-6’2, 315 lbs.
Blake has not been anywhere near as dominant as we thought he would be this year. It was clear to us that he missed having Danny Watkins next to him and that his comfort level is not the same. Blake utilizes good quickness and athleticism off the snap to get into his blocks. He is effective on the pull and in getting out in front of screens.
OT Ivory Wade-6’3, 300 lbs*
Wade will be given the task of finding a way to keep Sean Porter away from RGIII. Wade moves very well and does a good job running speed rushers out of the play. He has yet to see a pass rusher of Porter’s quality thus far this season so this will be a big test for him.
DE Gary Mason-6’4, 265 lbs.*
A rotational end who Baylor is hoping will continue his development this weekend and provide some key pressure on QB Ryan Tannehill. Mason has been effective in using his strength to shed blocks and make plays in the backfield thus far and the Bears will need more of that if they hope to stifle the Aggies dual threat offense.
NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste-6’2, 335 lbs.
A massive prospect in the middle, NJB has shown an improved ability to take on blockers and clog the middle. He has gotten strong at the point of attack for this season and shown the ability to get off blocks and make an impact on plays run near him.
QB Ryan Tannehill-6’4, 219 lbs.
Considered to BBD’s #1 2012 QB, we are excited to finally get a shot to watch Tannehill play this year. He has had a bit of an up and down season so far as he started off red hot but has since cooled and has had a 3:4 TD:INT ratio over his last three games. Tannehill has showcased a strong arm, good touch, and enough athletic ability to make things happen when the play breaks down.
RB Cyrus Gray-5’10, 198 lbs.
Like Tannehill, Gray is our #1 2012 RB and thus far he has show everybody exactly why. His balanced running style is nice blend of speed and power. He does a good job locating the hole and hits it with a bang. He has seen less of a workload thus far this season thanks to Michael but is still seeing plenty of touches.
RB Christian Michael-5’11, 215 lbs.*
The bigger and more powerful back, Michael, is a player who has really come on this year and been a key piece for this Aggie offense. His ability to pick up short yardage in key situations has really helped out this team and has been just as important as his ability to keep Gray fresh and provide balance to their rushing attack.
WR Jeff Fuller-6’4, 215 lbs.
We didn’t rank Fuller as our #1 WR in 2012, but rather as our #3. We like his ability to get open and utilize his size down the field but we question about how much of his stock is tied to his bowl game performance last year v. Patrick Peterson. Fuller has good athleticism for the position and shows off the concentration to make the tough catches. He has seen a lot of bracket coverage this season and his number are down because of it.
WR Ryan Swope-6’0, 204 lbs.*
Maybe the biggest beneficiary of Fuller’s extra attention has been Swope. Swope leads the Aggies in receptions (29) and has been the main target for Tannehill when he’s need a big catch made. Swope is an overly athletic prospect but he runs crisp routes and does a good job selling his fakes in order to gain separation.
DE Tony Jerod-Eddie-6’5, 301 lbs.
The big 34 DE in the A&M defense we profiled Jerod-Eddie has a player to watch in our pre-season Senior Sleeper series. He has made us look good so far this season getting 21 tackles and 4 QB sacks. He has ideal size for the 5 tech position and has shown teams he can handle taking on blockers at the POA. We feel like this senior’s stock is quickly rising.
LB Garrick Williams-6’2, 234 lbs.
Maybe the most consistent player on the A&M defense Williams is like a battering ram when he attacks the line of scrimmage. He does an excellent job of locating the ball on running plays and really attacks the line to get to the ball carrier. He has good range and is tough to outrun when the ball carrier bounces the play outside.
LB Sean Porter-6’2, 230 lbs.*
A pass rush demon who has really come on this year Porter is near the nations lead in sacks with 6.5. He has shown excellent quickness off the edge and has used a very dominant speed rush to make slow OT’s pay. He has also shown the ability to set up an inside move off his speed rush once he has the OT over committing to the outside. Porter will get a nice test going up against Wade on Saturday.
CB Coydell Judie-5’11, 188 lbs.
One our favorite CB’s in the 2012 class, we ranked Judie as our #4 CB and thus far have not been disappointed. Judie has provided blanket coverage week in and week out so far this season and has been avoided a good bit due to his ball skills. We would like to see him become a more active participant in run defense moving forward though.
CB Terrence Frederick-5’10, 187 lbs.
While Judie has been somewhat neglected by teams Frederick has gotten extra attention and he’s making teams pay for that. His 7 pass deflections lead the team and he’s been active in getting after plays in the backfield as he has racked up 4.5 TFL’s.