WACO, Texas — After spending most of August toiling in triple-digit heat, the Baylor football team is anxious for its dress rehearsal to be over.
There always comes a point during preseason drills when a team begins to go stir crazy, and the Bears have reached it.
They’re ready for their opening trip to Wake Forest on Saturday. Banging-down-the-doors ready.
"After all the talk and wonder, it is now a reality,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We have guys that are game ready, so that’s the part that makes me feel good. I think we’re ready to get past practice and on to games. We are on game week, and it’s time to put it on the table.”
There wasn’t nearly as much drama in Briles’ second camp as his first, when a three-way quarterback battle between Robert Griffin, Blake Szymanski and Kirby Freeman went down to last season’s opening kickoff.
After a freshman All-America season, Griffin came into this camp knowing the job was his. Griffin returned for his sophomore year bigger, more experienced and possessing greater arm strength. But more than anything, his teammates believe in him, and that’s something that could carry the Bears a long way.
"From a calming standpoint, it’s been great for the team,” Briles said.