Baylor, Kansas, both come in with QB questions
Baylor Bear Insider Jerry Hill gives his three takeaways from Monday’s weekly press conference with the head coach David Aranda talks about the Bears’ 43-40 loss on the road to West Virginia and Saturday’s comeback game between the Bears (3-3, 1-2) and Kansas (5-2, 2-2), which will kick off at 11 a.m. at McLane Stadium and will be broadcast by ESPN2:
- MAKE YOUR 1/11e: One of the defensive’s biggest problems in giving up a season-high 500-yard total offense against West Virginia, including 223 on the ground, was that players drifted away from technique and assignment. and felt like “I have to play because no one else will.” Instead of harassing every player doing their job, Aranda and the defensive coordinator Ron Robert ask them to do their 1/11e. “I just feel the 1/11e binds you to 10 other people and they rely on you to do your part,” he said, “as opposed to the other when they’re just focusing on you. The bond with a team is very strong. You can be the strongest piece or also the most detrimental if you think they can’t hold their own and do what they’re asked to do. . . . We have to be able to do our 1/11e. Instead of chasing these games, let’s be where we’re meant to be and these games will come to us.”
- QB QUESTIONS: Although reports of his shoulder injury have been greatly exaggerated, Kansas quarterback Jalan Daniels missed the Jayhawks’ 52-42 loss at Oklahoma and is still questionable this week. In his place, redshirt senior Jason Bean was 16 of 27 for 265 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions and also rushed for 41 yards. “There’s trust in the team and trust in him,” Aranda said of Bean. “You look at this past game for sure. He just started fast, and you can see he’s feeling it.” On the Baylor QB front, Aranda said ‘it’s still too early to say’ if the second starter Blake Shapen will be back from the head injury that sidelined him for the final 21 ½ minutes against the Mountaineers. But, freshman in a red shirt Drone Kyron showed “very solid balance and some confidence” as he finished Thursday’s game. “There was no ‘big eyes’ from him or trying to make things happen when things weren’t necessarily there… Really, until that last practice, he put the ball where it needed to be. It took a real quiet confidence on his part. He showed it throughout. I have a lot of faith in him.
- ANCHOR DOWN: Baylor’s last six games are against three ranked teams, a much-improved Kansas team that started 5-0, and road trials at Texas Tech and Oklahoma. But, Aranda said the Bears need to continue to trust the process and “focus on ourselves…what we do, how we approach things and how we represent things and prepare for things.” That way when things get crazy on game day and there are moments of pressure, “you tend to stay in that technique or stay in that pattern. And we need that. The process is without scared, it has no emotion. It’s an anchor when things are going crazy around you. So, we have to anchor ourselves.