CFB AM: Baylor's Bryce Petty gives up-close view of 38-inch vertical

CFB AM: Baylor QB Bryce Petty gives an up-close view of 38-inch vertical, plus news and notes from around college football.

Baylor QB Bryce Petty is one of the most physically gifted players in all of college football.

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Baylor’s Bryce Petty will likely earn his attention this fall for all the things he does well on a football field.

Namely, help the Bears score lots and lots of points.

But there’s good reason he ranked No. 6 on Bruce Feldman’s Top 20 ranking of ‘Freaks’ in college football this year.

Petty can do things at his size that he shouldn’t be able to. From Feldman’s Freaks piece:

The hulking Petty has linebacker's size (6-3, 238) and a tailback's burst and athleticism. He vertical jumps 38 inches, broad jumps 10-feet, 5.5-inches, squats 510 pounds and runs a 4.62 40. Over the weekend, Petty provided even more proof of his Freak merits to anyone around the Elite 11 camp in Oregon. Part of a series of challenges run by Team RWB, a group of Special Forces and career military men, Petty was a sight to see toting heavy sandbags up a hill back-and-forth for over a half-hour straight.

When Petty arrived in Waco, he weighed 214 pounds, had a 31-inch vertical and clocked in the high 4.8s. [Baylor strength coach Kaz] Kazadi said his workout numbers, despite being quite a bit bigger, rival the great RGIII in almost every workout area and some of his weight work. "If you wanted him to go to 250 and make him a defensive end so he was chasing quarterbacks, he could do it," said Kazadi. "If you wanted to make him that old-school, over-the-tight end outside linebacker, he could do it. If you wanted to make him a tight end, he could easily do it. He can do all that."

So, just because I want to make sure you had your coffee this morning and read that correctly, a professional who evaluates strength and athleticism for a living believes Petty is physically capable of playing four very different positions, all of which require you to be, for the sake of simplicity, pretty much a badass.

Petty gave a glimpse into that athleticism at Baylor camp, deciding to give us an up-close view of that 38-inch vertical by jumping over a tackling bag. Here’s the video:


1. On Wednesday in New York City, the Big 12 held a forum discussing the state of college athletics, and some interesting things were said, primarily from Texas AD Steve Patterson. Apparently – and I use “apparently” because a) I wasn’t there and b) it’s almost unfathomable to think the athletic director of any school, let alone one as prominent as Texas, would say this – Patterson referred to any NCAA sport other than football and basketball as “just expenses.”

From a business perspective, Patterson is technically correct – non-revenue sports are “just expenses.” But the entire ideal upon which the NCAA’s amateur myth is built is that there’s intangible value in the experience of being a student-athlete and that college sports aren’t simply reduced to revenues and expenses. “Why should we share it if they are not generating it?” Are we sure Patterson isn’t secretly leading CAPA, the College Athletes Players Association, which is trying to get everyone to understand that, you know, college athletes are little more than generators of revenues and expenses and therefore should be compensated for the former?

In other news from halfway across the country, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said college sports, and football in particular, has “sold out. We’re all about dollars and cents.”

2. The Georgia State Patrol released toxicology reports on Wednesday relating to the fatal car crash that killed former Auburn Tiger Philip Lutzenkirchen. According to the report, Lutzenkirchen’s blood alcohol content was 0.377 at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle, who was also killed, had a BAC of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit. Just a terrible story all around.

3. We’ve been following the situation of TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, who has been separated from the program for more than two weeks while being investigated in an alleged assault case, and it appears we’ve reached a conclusion. After meeting with university officials on Tuesday, Fields tweeted on Wednesday that he would be transferring to Stephen F. Austin. The school didn’t comment, but a source told Bruce Feldman the transfer would become official on Thursday. Fields, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, won’t have to sit out a year since SFA is an FCS school. Fields’ first game: at Kansas State.


1. Two-way UCLA star Myles Jack is being worked at linebacker only during fall camp. Coach Jim Mora said, “We don’t want to overload him … He’s a package guy as a running back. When the season starts, there will be time to work him into a game plan.” Hope so. We all want to see more of this. A couple other UCLA things: After two years away from football and nearly dying from an aggressive fungal disease, a cornerback is ready to roll. And UCLA has a pretty sweet hype video for the 2014 season.

2. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly settles it once and for all, Auburn fans: Your Tigers were indeed lucky last season. They were also very good. I agree with Bill that it’s possible to be both, and calling Auburn the former is in no way a criticism of its season. Just the facts. From Bill’s piece:

You've got to be able to say this, Auburn fans: We were lucky as hell last year.

I know Aaron Murray might not have scored on Georgia's go-ahead touchdown that preceded the miraculous deflected bomb to Ricardo Louis. I know there were probably calls earlier in the Georgia game that you disagreed with. I know Georgia was rather lucky to be ahead because your team had to settle for an uncharacteristic number of field goals (four of them). And hey, Georgia had recovered two of the game's three fumbles; there's some luck there, too.

And I know Gus Malzahn coached circles around Nick Saban two weeks later in the Iron Bowl. And I know Alabama was lucky to get one second put back on the clock at the end of the regulation, which allowed for Chris Davis to field a short 57-yard field goal and become the first college football player in the sport's history to end a game by returning a missed field goal for a touchdown. And I know the game was tied (thanks to three missed Alabama field goals), and Auburn could have won in overtime anyway. And I know Auburn had the return blocked immaculately well.

I know.

But y'all were lucky as hell last year. You just were. And denying it takes away from what was truly a once-in-a-lifetime series of November moments in college football.

3. A few links from the nation’s crew of beat writers: Dan Mullen wants Dak Prescott to drive Mississippi State like a sports car, writes Michael Bonner. Sixth-year Florida WR Andre Debose is back from injury and ready for a good year, writes Zach Abolverdi. After a long road, junior DT Quentin Thomas finally gets a shot to start for LSU, writes Ross Dellenger.


1. Danny Mattingly (distant relative to Don), a redshirt freshman linebacker at Oregon, is making a name for himself as something of a “wild man,” writes Andrew Greif. In other Oregon news, the Ducks self-reported a – wait for it – shaving cream violation.

2. SI’s Andy Staples ran through a bunch of “pivot-point” games that could alter the season for certain teams. There are plenty of bigger and better games here, but I’m fired up for that Miami-Louisville game on Labor Day Monday night. An interesting Miami team trying to return to ACC title contention after getting through NCAA sanctions and the return of Bobby Petrino combined with Louisville’s post-Bridgewater/Strong beginning. What a great way to cap Week 1 of the season.

3. Jell-O has signed licensing deals with 20 programs that produce team-specific kits so fans can make certain schools’ logos and mascots. Here’s USC’s:

There’s also a Florida one, which someone took as an opportunity at Walmart to mock the Gators for their 4-8 season in 2013. Not cool.


* Enjoyed this Edward Aschoff piece on new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. Good story about having an appetite for hard work and maximizing opportunity.

* This 2014 LSU hype video is pretty awesome – but why are you yelling at us, Les?

* Georgia is high on a walk-on with an interesting backstory, writes Chip Towers.

* Some discouraging news here: Jack Hoffman, the boy who gained national attention by running for a touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska spring game, has had a recurrence of brain cancer. In tests Wednesday, doctors found a tumor had grown, so Jack will be undergoing chemotherapy again to fight it.

Best wishes and good luck, Jack. Here’s a reminder of what’s possible when you’re a fighter:

Have a good Thursday, all.

Teddy Mitrosilis is an editor and writer for Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at

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