Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty burst onto the national college football scene in 2013, and he did so in a big way. Nearly week in and week out, he destroyed opposing defenses on his way to being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and for a time–a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.
Petty is back in 2014 to try and do more of the same, although as he told ESPN recently, there’s still a lot that he has to work on, including how he handles himself in the pocket.
“A focus for me this offseason is within the pocket,” Petty said. “I felt like there were a couple times where I escaped too soon or my eyes dropped and I looked at the rushers, not really trusting the guys up front. For me, it was a learning year, I saw different looks I hadn’t seen before, and that comes from experience.”
While the 2013 season was a success for the most part, the unsuccessful parts–the blowout, national television loss to Oklahoma State and the UCF beating in the Fiesta Bowl–were where these struggles Petty is talking about were clearly evident.
Petty’s completion percentage dropped last year the more he was blitzed, but if he can get that under control for 2014, then it could be smooth sailing for he and the Bears this season.