Senior offensive tackle Troy Baker and senior quarterback Bryce Petty are just two of many Baylor players that witnessed the tide turn in Waco. They have seen Baylor’s status change from ‘mediocre Big 12 member’ turn into ‘national championship potential.
Baylor football was hardly even on the radar at the beginning of last season. The preseason Associated Press poll in 2013 had Baylor on the outside looking in, and the preseason Big 12 poll picked the Bears to finish fifth, behind Texas, TCU and both Oklahoma teams.
If there’s one thing that junior Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk does not lack, it’s confidence.
“I’m going to win the Heisman. I’m going to win it in 2013,” he said last December.
When recently asked whether he regretted making the Heisman comments, he was clear.
“I said I would win the Heisman because that’s what I believe,” Seastrunk said. “I have conviction. Nobody is going to take that away from me, that I believe I can do it.”
Seastrunk’s journey to this point has been anything but conventional.
After an unprecedented year of athletic success, current and former Baylor student-athletes hauled in a number of prestigious awards this summer.
On July 11, at the ESPY awards in Los Angeles, Heisman trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III was given “Best College Male Athlete.”
Senior women’s basketball phenom Brittney Griner actually ended up winning two trophies at the ESPY’s, laying claim to the “Best Female College Athlete” in addition to the “Best Female Athlete” award.
Does lightning strike the same place twice? Baylor athletics is on a mission to make sure that it does.
Going from an overlooked extra in the Big 12 to a front-runner in multiple sports, the Bears are not settling for the past but are hungry for more.
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. But that was then. Students and fans can celebrated the best of times with junior quarterback Robert Griffin III’s Heisman victory and the overall success of Baylor football. Alumni, moreover, can look back at how Baylor football performed during their years and be even more thankful.
Baylor has had a successful year in sports. You know most of this already, but here’s a refresher. We’ve had a Heisman winner, a 10-win football team, a men’s basketball Elite Eight appearance and a women’s basketball national championship.
Imagine this: a world without time. What would it look like? Everything human eyes have ever swept across has been touched by time.
Congratulations on winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy and everything you have done for Baylor University, the Waco community and the sport of college football. As an Auburn graduate watching from afar, I was very impressed with your sterling performance and even more so with the kind of person you are, your class, your dignity, and your focus on real-life issues that have nothing to do with football. I was so impressed that I decided to fly from my home in Georgia to San Antonio to see you compete in the Alamo Bowl, and I was not disappointed at all in the victorious performance of you and your teammates at the Alamodome.
“They said it was the biggest pro day of all time at Baylor.”