No. 4 Baylor will play a showdown of top 10 teams on Saturday without the man who protects Heisman candidate Bryce Petty’s blindside.
Starting left tackle Spencer Drango underwent surgery for a ruptured disk in his back on Tuesday and the timeline for his return is unknown. He will not play when the Bears travel to face No. 10 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Baylor spokesman Heath Nielsen confirmed the news to FOX Sports Southwest. It was first reported by ESPN Radio in Central Texas.
Drango had been dealing with the back issue for several weeks during the season, but it was worsened after Baylor’s 63-34 win over Texas Tech and required surgery.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound sophomore was a Freshman All-American and had started all 22 career games for Baylor, the third-longest streak on the team.
He had established himself as one of the Big 12’s best offensive linemen alongside Baylor’s All-American guard, Cyril Richardson.
Sophomore Pat Colbert is behind Drango on the depth chart, but the Bears could also move junior Troy Baker to fill in for him at left tackle.