Baylor football head coach Matt Rhule started his second Big 12 Media Days with a message to all of college football.
"I believe we are running off the field as fine of a college football program as there is in the country. We're tackling issues and tackling character development, we're mentoring, developing, educating and I'm proud of the things we're doing as a college football program."
A welcome message for a Baylor program still recovering from previous scandal, but there is still the problem of winning, something the Bears were only able to do once last season.
"Last year stunk, last year wasn't fun obviously. But you're a fool if you don't learn from it."
Learning is the biggest takeaway Rhule preached for his team that played some of the most freshmen in all of college football last season. He had a unique term for all those players with their one year of playing time.
"We have youthful experience. We've got a lot of guys who have played in a lot of ball games but they're still young. They can go play in the game, but they can't go buy themselves a beer after the game. They're not 21 yet. We have 17, 18, 19 year old kids."
Still, those kids hung with Oklahoma, gave West Virginia a game at home, and were well within striking difference out of conference as well.
"Can we be a touchdown better? Just be 10 minutes of good football better? That's my job. That's our job. Year one was year one to build a foundation. We have to go out and win football games."
One of the best ways to win is have the better quarterback. Rhule himself said teams that win leagues usually have one of the best two players at that position. The head Bear acknowledged Charlie Brewer is the starter right now, but he must continue to play well.
"The key is to keep Charlie, Charlie. To have him continue to be the guy that's laughing at me in the huddle, telling me to calm down. He's a true freshman telling me to calm down in the middle of a game. He's got that to him. He's got that "it" factor to him, and keeping that and making sure he grows as a quarterback."
Baylor fans will get to see their team Sept 1 at home against ACU.
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