Terrel Bernard and Sqwirl Williams Out for Season

Terrel Bernard and Sqwirl Williams

For some reason the universe hates Baylor football (and sometimes Baylor basketball but that’s for another day), and there’s nothing we (the fans) can do except watch her wreak havoc on our precious boys until she’s good and satisfied (this isn’t the makings of a novel but it might as well be). If it’s not one thing, it’s another, and since the Bears showed promise on both(!!) sides of the ball during the most recent Iowa State game (here’s my recap!), they just had to lose two of their star players in junior LB Terrel Bernard and redshirt freshman RB Craig “Sqwirl” Williams. Last season you’ll remember that Bernard replaced then-fantastic Clay Johnston at WLB when Johnston got hurt in a game last November, which just about felt like the end of the football world for Baylor fans. Because the Bears saw such promise with their developing 2019 defense, watching Johnston go down hit like a ton of bricks. However, watching Bernard easily transition into the leadership role midfield has been inspiring. He’s Baylor’s most physical player opposite the ball and he doesn’t like losing or giving up. He hurt his shoulder during the middle of the Iowa State game and he shared on Twitter that he’ll be getting surgery and will sit on the sidelines for the rest of the season replacing Bernard over the next several months will possibly be upsetting, frustrating, and challenging. In the season thus far, Bernard totaled 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, but in his entire career, he notched 214 tackles with 19 for a loss of 78 yards, 3 interceptions, 7 passes deflected, and 3 fumble recoveries. The young Sqwirl Williams has been a knockout on offense for a large part of the 2020 season and specifically during the Cyclones matchup. Williams is known for his shiftiness and agility while other RBs like (injured) John Lovett use their size to power through offensive lines. Williams sadly tore both his MCL and ACL, also ending his season for the year. In the past two years, Williams recorded 28 carries for 232 yards with 3 TDs. As Lovett is also still injured, the RB position will need all the help it can get from the many capable and ready athletes next on the list. Wishing both Bernard and Williams full and healthy recoveries so they may one day play again!

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