The Baylor Bears on Monday dismissed sophomore wide receiver Robbie Rhodes from the program, according to his father and ESPN. Rhodes was a highly recruited prospect, rated as the No. 3 receiver in the country for the 2013 recruiting cycle, and figured to be a key piece of the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense moving forward. While the receiving corps for Baylor still looks fine for 2014, losing a talent like Rhodes could hurt down the line.
Baylor has become one of the nation’s most explosive offenses thanks in large part to the playmakers they have had to break huge gains over the top in the passing game. Last season, it was Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese with Goodley averaging 18.86 yards per catch on his way to 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Reese chipped in 22.82 yards per catch with 867 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games played. While Reese has moved on this offseason, Goodley returns to lead the receiving group as they look for a new No. 2 guy to step up.
Rhodes likely wasn’t going to jump up into that No. 2 spot this season after catching 10 passes for 157 yards as a freshman in 2013 but he was certainly going to be in the mix for the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver spot. Even if he wasn’t in the starting lineup this season, Rhodes figured to be featured prominently in the rotation as the team got the talented pass-catcher up to speed in the offense against Big 12 competition. That would open the door for Rhodes to be one of the featured guys in the offense possibly as early as 2015.
But repeated off-the-field incidences, according to Rhodes’ father, have gotten the young man kicked off the team for 2014. It is a missed opportunity for Rhodes as he could have been part of a prolific offensive attack. On top of that, he might have thrown a wrench into the long-term plans of the Baylor offense by not keeping his nose clean.