August 10, 2006

DTs get bigger and better

When Guy Morriss arrived at Baylor to say that the defensive line lacked depth was as obvious as stating the sky is blue.

That inaugural season saw a six-man football player, Quincy Jenkins, and a late signee that redshirted at Coffeyville JC, M.T. Robinson. Both turned out to be fine additions, three-year lettermen, and return as two of the most experienced linemen on the Baylor roster.

Depth is still an issue, but it is not the issue it once was.The Bears lose starter Michael Gary, but return experienced and game proven players M.T. Robinson, Quincy Jenkins, Klayton Shoals, Corey Ford, and Vincent Rhodes, as well as young talents LeQuantum McDonald and Trey Bryant.

This season the Bears are looking for a few guys to step up and expand the rotation and there are some good one's to choose from.

M.T. Robinson - #99 - 6-1, 305 - Sr. When Robinson signed he was known primarily as the teammate of Kentucky and then Baylor signee Montez Murphy, but the Virginia native proved to be much more than that throughout his career at Baylor.Robinson started every game as a redshirt freshman and has been a mainstay at defensive tackle ever since.

He has the most career starts of any lineman returning on either side of the ball and coming into the fall is once again expected to start in 2006. Over the course of his career he has recorded 61 tackles, 14 TFLs, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and an intercption. In 2005 he recorded a 15 tackles, three TFLs, three sacks, a forced fumble, and his first interception in nine games.

He has more competition these days but he is still a presence on the defensive front and should be again in 2006 at nose tackle. Klayton Shoals sat out his first season at Baylor after transferring from Iowa St. following his freshman season. He has started fout games over the course of his Baylor career but it looks like there will be a change in 2006.

Shoals has taken a leadership role over the summer and after an impressive spring enters the fall as the No. 1 defensive tackle.He will have a fight on his hands with talented junior Vincent Rhodes and redshirt freshman LeQuantum McDonald nipping at his heels.

Jenkins was quite a story when he made his debut in a Baylor uniform as a true freshman. He was a six man football player in Trinidad, Texas, only the year before and not only did he see the field but he started six games and seeing action in 10.Since his freshman season Jenkins has played in 19 games with one start. In 2005 he had his best season recording 13 tackles and a half sack.He is listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind M.T. Robinson at nose tackle coming into the spring.

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