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Baylor Will Enter Fall Camp with QB Battle Between Finn, Robertson

July 10, 2024

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For the first time since 2021, head coach Dave Aranda and Baylor football have yet to announce a starting quarterback going into the fall. 

The two players competing for the QB1 job are returning redshirt junior Sawyer Robertson and Toledo transfer and fifth-year senior DeQuan Finn. 

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Toledo transfer and fifth-year senior Dequan Finn was one of the top standouts at the Manning Passing Academy in June.

“It’ll be a fall camp decision,” Aranda confirmed to 365Sports on Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days.

“I don’t know who it is right now. With both of those guys, there are things they have to work on, but it got to the end of the spring, and I’m like, ‘Man, I wish we had two more weeks.’ I’m hopeful that’s how it plays out here in fall camp.”

Finn, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, has started 32 games in his career and has thrown for over 7,000 yards and 63 touchdowns. The Toledo transfer is known for his electric scrambling ability, rushing for 1,840 yards and 25 touchdowns across his four seasons with the Rockets. In recent weeks, Finn was named one of the top standouts at the Manning Passing Academy.

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Returning redshirt junior Sawyer Robertson played in six games, including four starts, for the Bears last season.

“Everything before [at Toledo] was left, and when Dequan came over here, now everything is right,” Aranda said.

“Dequan took all online courses at his previous school, for example. Now he’s going to class, and we’re checking class. It’s how you embrace that, how you accept that and how you move into that. That also affects football and everything else; he was great with it, and the later we got in spring, the more he embraced it and his play improved.”

Meanwhile, Robertson played in six games, with four starts, for the Bears last season, filling in for an injured Blake Shapen, who has since transferred to Mississippi State. In those six contests, Robertson threw for 864 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 69 yards on 35 attempts.

“With Sawyer, it’s his competitiveness; here’s an offense that fits him,” Aranda said. “Here’s an offense where he can play and not have to think as much.”

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Baylor Will Enter Fall Camp with QB Battle Between Finn, Robertson

3,361 Views | 6 Replies | Last: 11 days ago by Waco1947
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If that's just coach talk I'm great with it.

But I'd be more concerned if our savior transfer from the lower league can't dominate the backup.

Then again, Dave's inability to scout and manage roster is a known issue.

Here's hoping this is just offseason talk.
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Calling Robertson the backup is disingenuous. He just couldn't grasp the wide zone offense and it was obvious that he didn't. He's a one-dimensional Air Raid guy and now we're running that offense, hence the strong QB competition.

This doesn't absolve Aranda's catastrophically poor handling of the QB room. Throwing everything away to appease Austin Novosad, will forever be a master class for college coaches on how NOT to recruit and manage their QB room.

And by God's grace despite all of the mismanagement and blunders, this is the best situation Baylor has had at the QB position in years.
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I'll be shocked if Finn isn't the starter. I believe we had to give him some hefty NIL ransom (by our standards) to get him. I wouldn't be surprised if Robertson does in fact have the better arm, but I don't have a lot of confidence in our Oline, and I think Finn's ability to scramble is going to be of the utmost importance
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Good to have in the past, not so sure today in the NIL EZ transfer world. So is there still time for them to jump ship? I mean if I was another program in need of a new QB, I'd consider poaching.
"remember when CDA told you that you'd start this season..."

Of course there's the flip side we're we have two good qbs for the season. Just risky.

Hope our staff doesn't lose one or both.
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Need a transfer QB?
Oregon has plenty:
  • Dillon Gabriel, sixth-year redshirt-senior
  • Dante Moore, sophomore
  • Austin Novosad, redshirt-freshman
  • Luke Moga, freshman
I won't say anything more.
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Sawyer had no o line. Because when he came here, he knew we were running wild zone.
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