The Reese’s Senior bowl is an annual game highlighting senior athletes from universities all over the country. Played in Mobile, Alabama, the bowl game shows off the fastest and freakiest from top colleges, while fans and NFL scouts keep watch over each player and their strengths and weaknesses (I wrote about the game last in 2016). This year, six Baylor athletes were named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl watchlist for 2022—CB Kalon Barnes, LB Terrel Bernard, RB/WR Trestan Ebner, OL Connor Galvin, S Jalen Pitre, and WR RJ Sneed. The Bears have inconsistently struggled over the past few years of Football seasons, so their Reese’s Senior Bowl picks were limited at best. In 2019, WR Jalen Hurd was selected, RB JaMycal Hasty participated in 2020, and DE William Bradley-King showed his strength and speed in 2021. According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), “BU’s six selections to this year’s watch list are the third-most in the Big 12, following Iowa State (12) and Oklahoma (eight).”
Last season, Barnes had 13 tackles with 2 for a loss of 2 yards, 1 interception, and 4 passes deflected. He played with purpose and aggression even despite having a clubbed hand for much of the season due to injury. In my recent post about Bernard and Pitre being named Preseason All-Big 12, I wrote “Bernard was a star in his own way as well when he unexpectedly had to take over for former LB Clay Johnston not even halfway through the 2019 season when the former tore his ACL mid-game. Bernard wasn’t very well known at the time, but he became one of the Bears’ best assets throughout the rest of the season. Bernard only played in 5 games during the 2020 season before a season-ending injury of his own, but he also made a huge impact on the game, amassing 55 tackles with 6.5 for a loss of 19 yards, 3.5 sacks for a loss of 15 yards, 1 interception, and 3 passes deflected.” Ebner has been an irreplaceable get since he stepped foot on campus, most recently recording 50 carries for 107 yards and 1 TD, 26 catches for 299 yards and 3 TDs, and 19 kick returns for 612 yards and 2 TDs. I also wrote about Pitre “Many Baylor fans referred to Pitre as the one who stayed despite all of the devastation and because of his dedication, he’s truly earned this preseason honor. The beloved S/LB especially came into his own last year as a full season starter as he recorded 60 tackles with 13 for a loss of 49 yards, 2.5 sacks for a loss of 21 yards, 2 interceptions, 4 passes deflected, and 1 forced fumble. Pitre also became the first Baylor player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in one season.” RJ Sneed himself had 39 catches for 497 yards and 3 TDs. Baylor is in no short supply of freak athletes and we can only hope they’ll all be named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl rosters!