It can be easy to take for granted things we see on a regular basis. Before it’s too late, step back for a moment and realize that the Baylor football team right now features arguably the best quarterback and the best receiver this program has ever seen.
Then realize that we may have only three more chances to see them play close to home. The Bears host Oklahoma this Saturday (7 p.m. on ABC), then head to Cowboys Stadium to play Texas Tech on Nov. 26 (6 p.m., FSN) before returning home to face Texas on Dec. 3 (2:30 p.m., ABC).
Kendall Wright, a senior, is certainly playing his final games in the green and gold. He’ll leave Baylor as the school’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, and he ranks sixth nationally this year in receptions per game (6th) and receiving yards per game (6th). Those numbers have made him one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver.
Of course, you already know about Robert Griffin III and his 46 school records. In recent weeks, RG3 has been named a semifinalist for two national player of the year honors (the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards). He is also one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award and one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, each of which honors the best QB in the country.
Griffin was also named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his community service and is one of 13 finalists for the Danny Wuerffel Trophy, which is based on academic and athletic performance and community service. The junior has one year of athletic eligibility remaining, but will have to decide after the season whether to return or go pro; ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has Griffin as a probable first-round pick if he enters this year’s NFL draft.
With such rare talent on the field, a ranked Baylor football squad (No. 22 BCS, No. 25 AP) and the chance to significantly improve the bowl we play in, there’s no reason for BU fans not to fill the stands with green and gold in front of national TV audiences in these final three games. If you haven’t already, get your tickets now for one, two or all three games.
Sic ’em, Bears!