Is Szymanski the real deal?

Ken ArmerSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2007

Stepping on the Baylor Campus as a freshman gave me a wide eyed view to the world of college football. I witnessed the amazing athletic abilities of recievers like Trent Shelton, Dominique Zeigler and quarterback Shawn Bell. Bell was basically considered the reason Baylor could win games, and the offense was built around not only his arm but his leadership.

During the Baylor vs. Texas A&M game Bell suffered a season ending ACL injury that left Baylor fans with little hope to pull the second Baylor up-set in modern knowledge. Instead a nervous Blake Szymanski was given the reins. The rest of the season was a disaster due to blowouts suffered from Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. As far as many Baylor football fans felt, Szymanski was the wrong answer heading into the 2007 season. So we cheered over QB additions. We spoke to soon......and yes i admit i was a nay-sayer also.

Without a doubt around Baylor University, Blake Szymanski has proven himself as an efficient quarterback, even sweeter news is that Blake is a sophomore. The question now becomes is "Is Blake not only our quarterback of the future but also our final piece to the bowling puzzle?" his performance on Saturday against Rice says yes considering he broke the record for  passing TD's in a game for Baylor but one game against a soft D-1 opponent does not prove anything. For Blake to truly solidify himself as the "missing piece" he must not only continue his passing efficiency against Texas State this coming weekend (D-2) but must also go into College Station against Texas A&M and prove himself. A win would certainly help, but more is at stake for Szymanski against Texas A&M. Last year A&M marked a beginning, maybe this year marks not only a new beginning for this young quarterback but also a new beginning for Baylor Football? Only time will tell...