Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) throws during the second half against the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor coach Art Briles upset Bryce Petty wasn't a Heisman finalist

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A couple of seasons ago the Baylor Bears had their first player ever win the Heisman Trophy in quarterback Robert Griffin III. In the 2013 season, they had a candidate in quarterback Bryce Petty who had a breakout season.

Petty completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,2000 yards and 32 touchdowns. even more surprising than that might be the fact that he only threw three interceptions. The only problem is that Petty wasn’t a Heisman Finalist and didn’t get invited to New York City, and that rubs Baylor coach Art Briles the wrong way.

“Honestly, personally and professionally, I’m a little upset about the way it all transpired last year,” Briles said at Big 12 media days in Dallas, via the Dallas Morning News. “I certainly felt like he should have been in New York without question. I mean, your first-year starter, you win 11 football games, win the Big 12 Championship for the first time in school history, throw 4,200 yards, 33 TDs, three picks and you sit at home in December?”

Petty being overlooked might only serve as a motivational tool for Briles and the Bears. At media days he continued to preach that the Bears were still the underdogs despite winning the 2013 Big 12 Championship.

“We certainly don’t perceive ourselves [as heavyweights],” Briles said. “We still see ourselves, me, personally, our team, we see ourselves as the guy fighting hard scratching hard to try and get some recognition and some respect.”

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