Bryce Petty came out of nowhere last season to lead the Baylor Bears to the Big 12 conference title and an appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl after throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns to only three interceptions while finishing seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting.
That kind of success can sometimes get the best of players and they won’t work as hard the following season to back up that type of production, but that’s not the case for the 6-3 signal-caller.
“Experience is what it’s all about,” Petty tells the Waco Trib. “Last year I had a lot of confidence, but you still didn’t know. So those 13 games will definitely help. It was just about waiting my turn. I got it, and now I have to sustain that and be the best I can be. … “Nothing’s changed. I’ve still got to go out and prove that I am the starter, and there’s a reason that I’m the starter. For me, that mentality is always going to be there, it’s always out to prove something. You’ve got to want to be the best, or nobody else will do it for you.”
That type of mindset is exactly what you want to see from Petty if you’re a Baylor fan as the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year and on the short list of preseason favorites for the Heisman and in a group of potential first round draft picks in the 2015 NFL draft.
With a number of weapons surrounding him and this attitude there is no reason to believe that Baylor and Petty can’t be atop the Big 12 standings at the end of the year and in contention for the national championsip.