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Baylor proved this season that it is ready to be a full-time player in the Big 12 conference.
The Bears won the first BCS berth and Big 12 title in their history and will return talent again next season. They have also seen an improvement on the recruiting trail and will be opening a new stadium in 2014.
It appears as though Petty will return, and his coach, Art Briles, was recently launching his campaign for the 2015 draft. Briles went on the College Football 24/7 podcast and had this to say of his signal-caller and what his return will mean for BU, per Dan Greenspan:
Now we have a good feel how Bryce functions, what he can do, and next year I think he'll be phenomenal. I think he'll be a top-five pick in 2015, no question.
That's the next step for us as a program is maintaining, and then ... hitting that 1 or 2 (ranking) in there where it really gives you a chance to play for the national title.
Petty finished eighth in the nation in passing, averaging 320 yards per game this season. With a year of experience now under his belt, he'll be ready to take Baylor to the next level.