Baylor officials announced Monday afternoon that quarterback Seth Russell will miss the rest of the season recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his neck.
Thrust into Russell’s place will be highly touted true freshman Jarrett Stidham, who will get some extra time to work with the first team. The No. 2 Bears next play on Nov. 5 against Kansas State.
We certainly have tons of confidence in Jarrett. He doesn’t seem like a freshman, look like a freshman or perform like a freshman.
Baylor coach Art Briles on Jarrett Stidham
The Stephenville High School graduate has been efficient this season, though mostly in mop-up duty, throwing for 331 yards and six touchdowns and no interceptions on 24-of-28 passing in parts of seven games.
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Redshirt sophomore Chris Johnson, who had been moved to receiver this season, will move back to quarterback behind Stidham. The third quarterback seemed to be unknown as of Monday morning.
“We certainly have tons of confidence in Jarrett,” Baylor coach Art Briles said during the Big 12 coaches conference call on Monday. “He doesn’t seem like a freshman, look like a freshman or perform like a freshman.
“He’s instinctively and athletically ready to play.”
Jarrett Stidham has thrown for 331 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions on 24-of-28 passing in parts of seven games this season.
As a recruit in the Class of 2015, Stidham was ranked anywhere from the 13th to the 33rd best player overall in the nation, according to the various recruiting lists and assessments.
Stidham had originally committed to Texas Tech, but switched to Baylor late last year.
“I think he’ll do very well,” said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, adding that there will likely be a transition period as there is for just about every young player. “He’s as talented a thrower as you’ll be around.
“I think it’s a great situation” in terms of the talent around him. “He has a very calm demeanor … doesn’t seem to get rattled and he’s very humble. I think all those things will serve him well in this situation.”
Changes at Iowa St.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced on the conference call that Joel Lanning was taking over as first-team quarterback, citing the third-year sophomore’s effect on the energy level of the offense and football team.
Rhoads got off the call and announced that offensive coordinator Mark Mangino was leaving the staff because of a difference of opinion on the best way forward for the offense, according to the Des Moines Register.
Mark and I couldn’t get on the same page on a few important items. We tried to talk it through again this morning. In the end Mark wasn’t interested in that.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads on outgoing offensive coordinator Mark Mangino
He didn’t say if the quarterback change was related.
“Mark and I couldn’t get on the same page on a few important items,” Rhoads said, according to reports. “We tried to talk it through again this morning.
“In the end Mark wasn’t interested in that. I wish that wasn’t the case. I respect and understand his conviction. I wish him well.”
Perine top player
Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech on Saturday, was selected the Big 12’s offensive player of the week. The game marked the fourth time the sophomore has rushed for at least 200 yards, including 427 last season against Kansas, the most ever in an FBS game.
The Sooners and Jayhawks play again on Saturday.
427 Yards rushing for Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, an FBS record, in last year’s game against Kansas. The schools play Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman, who had seven tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, a sack and forced fumble in the Bears’ victory over Iowa State, was the defensive player of the week.
Punter Michael Dickson of Texas was selected special teams player of the week.
▪ Oklahoma defensive back Zack Sanchez (sprained ankle), a Keller Central graduate and selected Monday as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back), will not play this week against Kansas, coach Bob Stoops said.
▪ West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, whose name has popped up as a possibility for Miami’s new vacancy, deflected a question about it, saying, “I love it in Morgantown.”