PLAYERS TO WATCH: Charlie Brewer leads Bears into Norman

Baylor QB Charlie Brewer winds up to throw in the Bears' Big 12-opening win over Kansas.Lauryn Amy photo


Does Baylor have a chance when it kicks off at Oklahoma at 2:30 Saturday afternoon? Well, the tape will tell you that Sooners Kyler Murray poses a big problem for the Bears. And Baylor will also be facing the best defense its seen this season.

But if Baylor can make it competitive, it's a good bet these four players will be big reasons why:

QB Charlie Brewer passed for an efficient 221 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed for 57 yards and took the reins of the quarterback position in leading the Bears to a victory in their Big 12 opener. The most encouraging thing for Baylor fans going forward is that Brewer made big plays, throwing TD passes of 22, 39 and 34 yards.

DE James Lynch has emerged as a difference-maker up front for the Baylor defense. He posted his third sack of the season when he dropped KU quarterback Peyton Bender for a nine-yard loss.

S Verkedric Vaughns led Baylor with seven tackles, including a tackle for a three-yard loss early in the win over Kansas. Vaughns, along with linebacker Clay Johnston and Lynch, give Baylor some solid players to build around on defense.

WR Tyquan Thornton has earned a big chunk of playing time and he’s making the most of it. He made 3 catches for 50 yards, leading the Bears in yards-per-reception in the Big 12-opening win.