Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/6/12
Overview-
What a season for the Baylor Bears. A 1,000-yard receiver, a 1,500-yard rusher, and not to mention…a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. You would be hard-pressed in finding another team in college football that thrived as much on offense as Baylor did in 2011. Robert Griffin III led this video game-like offense that carried the Bears to its best record in years. Baylor is now officially back on the college football map and has a chance to be a fantasy factory as long as head coach Art Briles is calling the shots. For now, let’s take a look at what took place in 2011.

Biggest Surprise- Terrance Ganaway, Senior Running Back
I would be hard-pressed in finding anyone that predicted the kind of season that Ganaway produced. Coming into the season, Baylor lost its primary rusher from 2010 in Jay Finley. Ganaway, who most assumed was next in line, had just over 500 total rushing yards coming into 2011. It wasn’t even a guarantee either that Ganaway would win the job outright because Jarred Salubi was right there challenging for the position. Safe to say, Coach Art Briles went with the right guy. Ganaway went on to rush for over 1,500 yards on the year, including three monster games in which he topped the 200-yard mark.

Biggest Disappointment- Jordan Najvar, Sophomore Tight End
Tight Ends were a never a primary target of the offense in Waco, especially considering the amount of weapons the team has had at WR in recent season. Najvar, a transfer from Stanford, looked like a prime candidate to break that mold. The sophomore is an athletic, tall target at 6’6” that really stood out in the spring, so big things were expected. But that never came to fruition, even with the record-breaking passing season that Robert Griffin put up. Najvar missed four games on the year, and never had more than 25 yards receiving in a game. Look for an increased role for Najvar in 2012 with some key departures on the offensive side.

2012 Outlook-
The Bears will face a major transition next year as the top passer, rusher, and receiver all depart for the NFL. First order of business will be to find out who takes over for RG3. Trusted backup Nick Florence is the top contender to assume the starting role next season. What should help is the top three wideouts (after Kendall Wright, who is NFL-bound) all return to give Florence plenty of options to get the football to. The senior quarterback got reps when Griffin was injured in 2009, so experience won’t be an issue. The bigger question heading into the spring will be which back steps up in the place of the departed Terrance Ganaway. Jarred Salubi has the most returning experience and finished the year strong with a 100-yard performance against Washington in their bowl game. He and Glasco Martin will be the top two options in the backfield.

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