Baylor’s Corey Coleman, Shock Linwood, Jarrett Stidham Out vs. North Carolina

    Baylor WR Corey Coleman, RB Shock Linwood, and QB Jarrett Stidham out for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

    December 19, 2015


    Baylor WR Corey Coleman, RB Shock Linwood, and QB Jarrett Stidham out for the Russell Athletic Bowl.


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    It’s not that Baylor WR Corey Coleman, RB Shock Linwood, and QB Jarrett Stidham are out against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl. It’s that they shouldn’t have been playing in the first place.

    Coleman is going to be one of the top three receivers in the upcoming NFL draft, if not the first off the board, and now he’s undergoing surgery to fix a sports hernia. I’ll buy that he played against Texas with a shot at tying Oklahoma for the Big 12 title, but once that was over, the best receiver in college football this year – 74 catches for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns – should’ve been done and off to prepare for the next level. The only thing that can keep him out of the first round is a major injury. After fighting through the injury for the final month of the season, yeah, go get it fixed.

    The same goes for RB Shock Linwood, who’s missing the game with a foot injury. He’s not a top pro prospect – likely a late-round pick if he leaves early – but there’s no reason to play for Baylor anymore. His stock isn’t going to improve, so the faster he gets to the next level, and the healthier he is, the better.

    He led the team with 1,329 yards and ten scores averaging almost seven yards per carry, and now he’s out against the Tar Heels. The Bears have more than enough talent in the backfield to replace him, but now, if all goes well and he wants to take off early, he’ll be ready to roll.

    Jarrett Stidham still isn’t right after breaking his ankle. Likely the starter going into next year, the more time off to let everything heal up right, and the more reps he might be able to get into spring ball, the better.

    Get ready for this to become more of the norm. Bowl games are fun, and players are always going to want to get on the field and support their friends and teammates, but if you have more at stake than just some exhibition game win, don’t mess with it.

    Chris Johnson will start at quarterback for the Bears, Johnny Jefferson is coming off a 158-yard rushing day against Texas, and KD Cannon, Jay Lee, and Chris Platt are more than capable of carrying the receiving corps. Don’t expect a massive drop-off, but no, you don’t get better without your starting quarterback, running back and Biletnikoff receiver.

    I’m still picking Baylor – never change your first answer.

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