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Morning reading: How do you stop Robert Griffin III and the Baylor offense

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 28, 2011 at 8:53 am with No Comments »
December 28, 2011 9:44 am

Question: So how exactly do you stop Robert Griffin III and Baylor Bears high-powered offense?

Answer: You don’t.

My story in today’s paper talks about that prolific offense.

“It’s tough to figure us out,” Griffin said. “I’m not so arrogant to say that no one figured us out.”

It’s not arrogant if it’s true.

Since opponents don’t seem to have the answer, maybe the best people to ask are the guys who have to line up against them in practice – the Baylor defense.

The Bears’ defensive unit is far from the most dominant group in college football. Baylor is statistically worse in some areas than the Huskies.

The Bears have struggled this year, yielding an average of 477.5 yards per game. With the exception of OSU, no opponent could come close to matching what Baylor’s defense sees in practice.

Coach Art Briles said he believes in playing his No. 1 units against each other every practice. And Baylor’s defense rarely feels like No. 1 after those 30-minute sessions.

“When I got here (this season), we had our first scrimmage in the spring, and I don’t think we stopped them one time,” defensive coordinator Phil Bennett said. “In the second scrimmage, I think we had three or four stops, and I was ecstatic.”

Trying to defend the future Heisman Trophy winner and his array of playmakers such as running back Terrance Ganaway and receivers Kendall Wright and Tevin Reese wasn’t an enjoyable experience.

“Oh, it could be really frustrating,” senior nose guard Nicolas Jean-Baptiste said. “You can only stop so many things on our offense. They just run so many different things, and they are good at so many things.”

So if the Bears’ defense had to play their offense in a real game with normal preparation, what would they do?

“Stay calm and pray,” Jean-Baptiste said in total seriousness.

Not sure if UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt would take that advice. But there are a number of churches near the Huskies’ team hotel.

Here’s my story on Chris Polk and his decision to either go to the NFL or stay in school.

Polk has steadfastly remained middle-of-the-road, rarely dropping a hint as to which way he is leaning.

“I’d say 50-50 because I haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “I just, like, daydream about the whole idea, but I haven’t really thought about it yet. It hasn’t really hit me yet.’’

Perhaps that’s true. But Polk has been proactive.

He confirmed that he sent the necessary paperwork to the NFL to receive a scouting report and grade from the league’s scouting department.

“We faxed it,” he said. “But I didn’t get my grade back yet.”

That scouting grade could be a major factor in Polk’s decision.

Several NFL draft experts and scouts have Polk projected as a second- or third-round pick.

“I think he’s a potential second-round pick,” Rob Rang of NFLdraftscout.com said earlier this year. “And you look at it, a running back selected in the second round is really first-round level since teams rarely draft running backs in the first round.”

Rang has Polk rated as the fourth-best running back prospect in the country. ESPN also rates Polk fourth.

Video of the pep rally last night

 

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