WEEK 2: Baylor vs UT-San Antonio
Baylor’s offense has some very talented seniors at the skill positions, including wide receivers Denzel Mims, Chris Platt and Marques Jones. With imposing size and very good length, Mims is a threat both across the middle of the field as well as downfield, where he can utilize his God-given size to play big-boy football with DBs. Sixth-year player Platt plays the slot role, where his shiftiness and quickness enable him to free up underneath and help compensate for his lack of elite stature.
Up front for Baylor, Jake Fruhmorgen – who plays both center and tackle – anchored the offensive line. Fruhmorgen’s versatility to potentially play any of the five OL positions will give him great value as he looks to translate to the next level. Both he and left guard Sam Tecklenburg possess the size and length to hold their own in the trenches, with Tecklenberg being that big-bodied guard more in the mauler’s type. In the backfield, shifty running back JaMycal Hasty had lower production in the game due to Baylor spreading the action around, but he remains a tough, inside runner with ability to catch the ball out of the backfield to contribute in the passing game as well. Hasty has been a kick returner in the past, giving him good versatility to contribute on special teams.
On defense for Baylor, nose tackle Bravvion Roy anchors the middle of the line with his shorter, compact frame, which enables him to keep his pads down in the run game. Behind Roy roaming the middle of the field are senior linebackers Clay Johnston and Blake Lynch. Johnston is a slighter framed middle linebacker who makes the defensive calls, gets everyone aligned pre-snap and then is a force once the ball is snapped. Lynch – who’s a taller athlete with good thickness in his trunk and lower legs – has this whopping statistic: in his career, he’s made 18 starts at five different positions (corner, linebacker, safety, wide receiver, running back) and has also seen game action at wildcat quarterback! That clues you into the type of athlete he is and the Collegiate Bowl is anxious to monitor his strides this season as a full-time linebacker. In the secondary, Chris Miller returns for his second season as a starting safety and is a good-looking prospect physically.
For the Road Runners, Carl Austin III led the team in tackles from his free safety position, which is a good sign that he’s back from an ACL injury that cost him his 2018 season. Austin III is a physical player with adequate size and length who likely will have to compete as a special teams player at the next level. Up front for San Antonio, Eric Banks is as pretty as they come physically while standing 6-5 and weighing 270 pounds. NFL teams that run 4-3 defenses surely will fall in love with his size and length, but it will be his production and ability to harass the quarterback that remain the biggest question marks.