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August 28, 2012

Teams discuss what it takes to win Big XII



Gundy had to replace Brandon Weeden this season at quarterback, which is a difficult task in and of itself, and he’s doing it with true freshman Wes Lunt inheriting the job.

Certainly, Gundy has to prepare himself for some growing pains that he didn’t have to go through with the experienced Weeden as a senior.

“He’s a little further along than I thought he would be,” Gundy admitted. “There will be mistakes, growing pains. We had them with Brandon Weeden here and he was very mature with his age. You have to understand we named him the quarterback and he’ll make mistakes and you go with it and keep playing him.

“We have to do the best we can to understand his mistakes and how he’s progressing. We think we have a pretty good feel for that from our experience in the offense.”


Most of the attention at Baylor has been on the fact that Robert Griffin III, the quarterback and Heisman winner, declared early and went into the NFL draft, but in truth the offense was depleted by other losses to the NFL, too.

In addition to Griffin, inside receiver Kendall Wright, running back Terrance Ganaway and offensive tackle Robert T. Griffin were drafted, meaning Baylor sent five offensive starters to the NFL.

“You don’t replace those people,” Coach Art Briles said. “We had five people drafted from the offensive side, which is the most drafted from one offense in modern football. It hasn’t happened in the last 25 years, I’ve been told.”

They have been working on getting similar production from other people.

“We knew we had to figure out a different route,” Briles said. “We have good people on campus. We feel good about our depth that we’ve collected over the last three or four years recruiting-wise. Now we have an opportunity and they have an opportunity to go make a name for themselves because not everybody knows their names.”

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