Linwood closes in on Baylor rushing record

Senior running back Shock Linwood from Linden, dodges incoming Northwestern players on his way down the field last Saturday at McLane Stadium. Linwood is 107 yards away from breaking the Baylor rushing record. Photo Credit: Liesje Powers

By Brianna Lewis | Sports Reporter

A lot of players put up big numbers in the scoring books, including one running back who is close to setting a new school record.

Senior running back Shock Linwood is only 107 yards away from becoming the all-time leading rusher in Baylor history. Currently, former Baylor running back Walter Abercrombie holds the school’s record with 3,665 rushing yards. After last week’s game against Northwestern State, Linwood is at 3,559 yards. With this weekend’s upcoming game against SMU, Linwood could possibly beat the record in only his second game of the 2016 season.

“I loved watching him come out in the first game. I thought he came out with a whole lot of energy,” head football coach Jim Grobe said. “If he were to break the record in front of a home crowd, it would be pretty special.”

Linwood was the first player to score a touchdown inside McLane Stadium against SMU back in 2014, and could possibly be one game away from becoming the next all-time leading rusher. What would be better than to beat an all-time career record against the same team, on the same home field.

“As an offensive lineman, we can take pride in that … seeing a guy who’s been here just as long as us breaking records,” said senior offensive tackle Kyle Fuller said. “It’s going to be exciting seeing him do what he always does.”

Having a good first win under their belts, the Baylor football team could have the right foundation to continue their success looking ahead to their next game.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday as they face off against the SMU Mustangs here in Waco. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m., and all fans are encouraged to wear white to ‘Whiteout’ McLane in participation with Baylor’s Military Appreciation Day.