Coach Art Briles and Baylor arrived at Big 12 football media days as defending champions for the first time.
Petty had to wait behind a Heisman Trophy winner and then another record-setting quarterback for his turn at Baylor. Jeffcoat got 11 of 20 votes for top defensive player.
Bryce Petty and the No. 9 Bears won their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
With the competition wide open for the Heisman Trophy, Boston College running back Andre Williams has become a bit of a rising contender.
If Kellen Moore and Colt Brennan could do it, then why not Northern Illinois Jordan Lynch? Lynch received three first-place votes for the Heisman Trophy in 2012, so he is certainly on the radar for some voters out there.
Baylor’s Bryce Petty is probably on the outside looking in on the Heisman Trophy, but a trip to New York for the ceremony is well within reach.
While often overlooked because of all the outrageous numbers put up by their high-scoring offense, the fourth-ranked Bears also have the Big 12′s best defense.
The conference has just one team in the top 10 in No. 4 Baylor. It’s no coincidence that the Bears are also the only team in the league to have essentially one quarterback, Bryce Petty, behind center all season.
When their fast-paced, high-scoring offense sputtered early, the fifth-ranked Bears’ largely overshadowed but consistently solid defense kept stopping No. 12 Oklahoma.
Bryce Petty is talking BCS championship game. The Baylor quarterback’s goal is looking more realistic with each passing week.
After rolling over three overmatched nonconference teams, the Bears opened Big 12 play with their best offensive game yet. They set a league record with 864 total yards in a 73-42 victory over West Virginia.
There will be new quarterbacks on both sides when 17th-ranked Baylor plays West Virginia in the rematch of the Big 12′s highest-scoring game ever.