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The Other Sider: Baylor Bears

For more about Baylor, Carter Strickland talked with Baylor beat writer John Werner of the Waco Herald Tribune.

Carter Strickland: How big an impact can Lache Seastrunk make on the Baylor offense?

John Werner: Seastrunk will give the Bears breakaway speed at running back and should be part of a rotation of running backs. However, I don't think he'll be the featured back during his first year since Jarred Salubi and Glasco Martin are both back.

CS: Does Art Briles have to change his offensive style at all to accommodate the different talent that he now has?

JW: I think Art will tweak it a little, but he's still got a lot of offensive weapons to work with. Terrance Williams, Tevin Reese and Lanear Sampson are all excellent receivers who will help Nick Florence make his transition to starting quarterback.

CS: What can be done about the Baylor defense?

JW: That's the big question. I think they'll be better with a year under Phil Bennett, but they need guys like Ahmad Dixon, Terrance Lloyd and Gary Mason to be playmakers.

CS: How much influence has RGIII and Baylor’s record during the past couple of seasons had on recruiting? Are the Bears succeeding in getting higher-caliber players more so now than before?

JW: I think RGIII has had a big impact, especially offensively. Baylor is getting a lot of offensive players who want to be part of a system that produced a Heisman Trophy winner.

CS: Finally, Baylor has beaten Texas two years in a row can the Bears make it three?

JW: We'll see. It will be much more difficult without RGIII.