"Chris Platt texted me today and said, 'I want to practice,'" said Baylor head coach Matt Rhule Wednesday, "When your oldest players have a day off and say they want to practice . . . everything changes."
Rhule held the seniors out of bye week practice Wednesday, instead opting to have them coach their younger teammates. The head Bear said the decision was made for their own health, but also the team's benefit.
"Then nice thing about having all the kids that will play next year is you have some guys that maybe they've been redshirting, or maybe they're playing and not touching the ball a ton, maybe they get some reps, but now they get the chance to step up and show what they can do."
Rhule has said every player on the travel squad except one (Freshman quarterback Gerry Bohanon) has played in a game this season, but the new redshirt rule does allow players to compete in four games and still retain their redshirt.
Baylor's staff says they'll use the younger players much more down the stretch and take advantage of every athlete they have available.
The Bears will continue their Bye week until Sunday night when Rhule says the team will start their game week schedule for an Oct 25 game at West Virginia.
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