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OSU football notebook: Bears banking on bye week gains

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: October 27, 2011

After absorbing a 55-28 beatdown by Texas A&M, Baylor found itself with an open week on the schedule.

A much-welcomed open week, with Oklahoma State on deck.

“It was huge,” said Bears linebacker Elliot Coffey. “They have so much they do well that we had a chance last week to really look at and focus mostly on the passing, because you know how much Brandon Weeden likes to pass.”

Said defensive tackle Tracy Robertson: “It's definitely a long week when you don't have that competition like you're used to on Saturdays. But it's a good week to get better, always.

“We got a lot of good work in; we got a lot of reps with our offense and that can only make you better. And it gives you a chance to kind of split the season in half, so we're on the back half now. We got to watch a few games, saw some teams do some good things so we just try to get focused, get back on track where we know what we can do.”

ANDERSON'S FOCUS NOW, LATER

The foot injury sidelining senior wide receiver Hubert Anyiam is creating opportunity for Isaiah Anderson and Michael Harrison to step into a starting role.

And for both, how they finish could have long-lasting effects.

“I feel like it's preparing me — not to look ahead — but for next year,” said Anderson, a junior. “A lot of these guys (at wide receiver) aren't going to be here. With a starting role, it's getting me prepared for that.”

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