Weekly Awards for JT Woods, Offensive Line

Team and JT Woods

Last season, the Baylor Football team was so horrible on offense that they’d surely never earn any weekly postseason honors for the play they exhibited. Of course over the past several years the Bears’ defense has been the team’s shining star and focal point, but even the brilliance of last year’s defensive squad couldn’t squash the pain of watching not even a mediocre, but truly terrible offensive showing. Part of the struggle was due to horrible play by former QB Charlie Brewer (now the starting QB at Utah where he’s been showing the Utes fans performances reminiscent of last season’s weekly debacles) and the other part was the fault of former Offensive Coordinator Larry Fedora and former WR Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Jorge Muñoz. When I wrote about Head Coach Dave Aranda’s firing of Fedora in this post, I commented that he “imploded Baylor’s forever efficient offense and wore visors. Enough said.” And despite this season’s team only playing two nonconference opponents they could and should have defeated (yay for completing the job!), Baylor Football is already showing promise we wouldn’t have ever seen last season. Two of the bright lights of the past two games have been senior S JT Woods and shockingly the offensive line. After the matchup against Texas Southern on Saturday, Woods was named Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week alongside Oklahoma State’s Malcolm Rodriguez. Last week Woods notched an interception against Texas State and this week, he recorded the program’s longest ever fumble return for a TD at 97 yards. In the season opener, Pro Football Focus named LT Connor Galvin to their Team of the Week and even honored the Bears with the Offensive Line of the Week following Galvin and C Jacob Gall ranking first and second “in total positively graded blocks among all offensive linemen in Week 1.” This week though, the line stepped up even more, earning a repeat Offensive Line of the Week award from PFF with Gall instead making it onto the Team of the Week. This week, somehow the line earned the “highest cumulative grade of the week by 13 grading points. In fact, they tied for the highest single-game offensive line grade in the PFF College era (since 2014).” If you’ve been around here or a Baylor Football fan for a while you’d know just how groundbreaking it is to (at this point) have an OL that plays with skill, speed, and agility matching what we’d expect to see from the top four teams in the country. Yes, the OL still has to prove themselves once the Bears open conference play this week, but Baylor has lots to be proud of over the past two games!