Matt Rhule cannot hate where his team is right now. It is no secret that Baylor is returning most of their production from last year. That is not a bad position to be in. However, who could emerge as the new stars of this Baylor team?
Every season in college football has new players break out as new stars, and there are a few candidates in Waco. So let’s jump right in and get to my list of potential new stars for Baylor football in 2019.
Josh Fleeks – WR
Baylor is loaded at wide receiver; even with the loss of Jalen Hurd. No doubt, they will have to replace Hurd’s production, but one player who could help fill that void is Josh Fleeks. Fleeks showed flashes in 2018 by accounting for 14 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s fast, quick and explosive, and crafty. He’s going to be big for us.”– Baylor Receiver Denzel Mims told SportsDay
Look for Fleeks to make a big step forward and emerge as a star on the offensive side of the ball. Like Hurd Fleeks will also be used in run game as he got nine carries in 2018 and added another touchdown on the ground. He will also be used on special teams as a kick returner. Fleeks could be the return threat that Baylor has been missing.
Connor Galvin – OL
The Baylor offensive line has been much maligned over the last two seasons. They have led the league in sacks given up in that time. Some of that has to do with the playing style of Charlie Brewer, but this unit has to improve.
On the plus side, we did see some flashes of improvement at the end of last season in the bowl game.
One reason for that improvement is the addition of Connor Galvin to the starting lineup. Galvin should be starting at left tackle, and if the offensive line continues its upward trajectory, Galvin could emerge as a star of the offensive line in 2019.
Grayland Arnold – CB
I cheated with this one a little bit since Arnold isn’t necessarily a new name. He showed flashes early in his career, but due to injury, he hasn’t been on the field a lot over the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, I would look for him to make an impact in 2019 as a redshirt junior.
One reason for this is the fact that Baylor will be shifting from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-3-5. From all reports, it looks like Arnold will be one of the additional safeties on the field in the new scheme. I can definitely see him being a ball-hawking safety, and he has shown that he is not shy to mix it up and be physical.
These are just three of the potential candidates that could jump onto the scene for Baylor football in 2019. Remember these names, but no matter who the new stars are this season, it looks to be an exciting year for Baylor.