Chalk up week 3’s Baylor loss to No. 4 TCU as something that will never happen again as long as Robert Griffin III is the Bears' quarterback.
Griffin, the sophomore sensation play-caller for BU, followed through on his promise when Baylor bounced back with a big win in week 4—knocking off Rice on the road, 30-13.
“You’re going to have bandwagon fans, you’re going to have fans who jump on and off the ship,” Griffin told Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Dwain Price following last week's 45-10 loss to TCU, “so for those who do stay on the ship I’m proud of them, I’m proud to be a Bear and I’ll make sure we don’t ever have a showing like that again if I have anything to do with it.”
Griffin added more the day after the team’s loss to TCU when he spoke with ESPN.com.
“I tried to stay as positive as I could; I told the guys that something’s got to change,” Griffin told ESPN reporter David Ubben, “we have to make a decision, whether we want to be great or want to be as some like to say, ‘the same old Baylor.’”
“I look at that statement and whoever says it, they’re going to swallow those words. I’ll be dedicated this week and for the rest of my career to make sure that happens,” Griffin also added.
Griffin and the Bears did just that, storming back onto the gridiron this past Saturday with a vengeance and walking away with a victory to improve to 3-1 overall on the season.
“I thought our guys showed a lot of resiliency and really played with a lot of effort and passion,” BU head coach Art Briles told Baylor’s Official Athletic Site. “That is what we asked them to do and that is what they did. That part of it was really rewarding and any time you go on the road and get a win, it is a huge win and [the victory over Rice] certainly was.”
Baylor begins Big 12 play this Saturday, Oct. 2, when the Bears host Kansas at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. CST and will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Southwest.
“[Being a leader is] just my personality; I will turn anything into a competition,” Bears senior safety Byron Landor told Baylor’s Official Athletic Site. “I love to compete; anything in life is a competition. It doesn’t matter if I'm playing video games or chess; anything is a competition.
I just try to inspire the guys. I feel like I can be a strong leader but I also try and just lead by example. I’ll do a lot of talking but, at the end of the day, you have to show leadership in order to be respected as a leader and I feel like I do that.”
Some may laugh at the notion of the Bears being contenders in the Big 12 Conference, but mark me down as a believer in the 2010 Baylor football team.
I probably say it year-in and year-out, but I truly believe 2010 may finally be the season of the Bears.
The season Baylor finally breaks through to postseason play.
The season Briles, Griffin, and company can finally shut the door on all the BU naysayers.
Yes, this year may finally be that year Bears fans have been dreaming of and praying for since Griffin III first decided to join Briles at Baylor and don a green and gold jersey.
Now, two years after committing to the Bears, Griffin and his upbeat teammates appear intent on reaching a bowl in 2010.
And personally, I have no doubt the team can get that coveted bid...
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