Last year, it was Nick Florence who took over the Baylor Bears‘ starting quarterback job from Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. This year, it is Bryce Petty who has the big shoes to fill.
Petty will be a redshirt junior in 2013 and has minimal game time experience, having thrown a total of 14 passes in his time at Baylor for 140 yards and a touchdown. He is following a magnificent performance from Florence, who led the Big 12 in passing yards with 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Florence was able to take over the Bears in 2012 as a player who not many people have heard of. If he was able to do it behind RGIII, I can’t see why Petty wouldn’t be able to do it behind Florence.
Sure, he may not lead the Big 12 in passing yardage, but he can probably hold his own when it comes to playing the quarterback position. I would be very surprised if the Bears cant lead an offensive attack in 2013.
Remember Lache Seastrunk? He’s the Baylor running back who said he would win the Heisman in 2013 before the 2012 season was even over. In a move that stunned everyone, Seastrunk was quick to jump in front of the microphone to talk about his new quarterback.
“Bryce is a freak of nature, His frame, his build and how he throws the ball looks just like Tebow. And when he gets the ball, he’s not going to try to surprise you. He’s going to go right at you like a true running back.”
So did he really just call Tim Tebow a freak of nature?
If there’s anyone on this team that I won’t believe when he makes a statement, it’s probably Seastrunk. I’m not saying Petty won’t be a good quarterback, but I am saying Seastrunk claimed to be the best running back in the country months ago, and that has changed my perception of him a bit.
It’s obvious that Petty has the size to play the quarterback position, but does he have the intangibles and arm strength/accuracy to perform well in a power conference? Only time will tell.