With depth a concern after a myriad of defections over the summer, if Baylor wants to once again challenge for the conference crown, they will have to limit injuries and player attrition. Unfortunately, they aren’t off to best start.
It was reported today by the Waco Tribune that starting defensive back Travon Blanchard will miss time due to a minor meniscus tear in his knee.
Blanchard, a redshirt junior, started at nickel in all 13 games last season. and wrecked havoc on opposing offenses. He led the Big 12 (tied) in forced fumbles a game, totaled 83 tackles on the season including 7.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
To make matters worse, the nickel position plays a key role when used in the 3-4 base defense – a defense Baylor has transitioned to over the offseason.
The good news is that Blanchard reportedly underwent surgery on Wednesday, and is currently only expected to miss one game. The training staff will watch his recovery process, but even if he misses another game or two, with cupcakes lined up one after another to start the season, the Bears should be able to take care of business until he can return to the starting lineup.
It is expected that senior Patrick Levels will move up to the starting role in Blanchard’s absence.