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Art Briles says it is time for Petty to become a household name

Bryce Petty

Ask the most casual college football fan who Robert Griffin III was in 2010 and they could probably tell you all about him. The same does not appear to not be the case for Bryce Petty, who led Baylor to a Big 12 title while putting up huge numbers and looks to keep the momentum going forward in 2014. Baylor head coach Art Briles challenged folks to go to a Dairy Queen in Oregon and ask about Petty, and the results were none too flattering. That is part of the reason why Briles spent time at Big 12 media days this week pumping up his signal-caller ahead of the 2014 season by comparing Petty to the school’s only Heisman Trophy winner, RGIII.

“There’s a lot of similarities quite honestly,” Briles said on a radio interview with KESN-FM in Dallas on Tuesday. “Bryce probably has about as much name recognition nationally as what Robert had going in his senior season, and that’s kind of what it’s all about. Last year it was make a name, this year he’s got to keep his name. Both of those guys are very confident, very well structured for our offense from an intellectual and physical standpoint, and capable of leading us to victory every single time we step on the field.”

In other words, Briles says Petty has arrived, but now it is time to take that next step. If he does, he will gain more national respect as Baylor continues to thrive. It’s a win-win situation for Baylor and Petty.

Briles is probably accurate in suggesting Petty and Griffin enter this point of their respective careers on a level playing field. Griffin may have received more notoriety by breathing new life into the Baylor program, where Petty is continuing to contribute to Baylor’s success, but Petty is receiving recognition in the Big 12 and beyond.

Petty appeared alongside Briles and wide receiver Antwan Goodley on the college football preview cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, which is said to be a tremendous honor in the lone star state. Petty was also named the preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year by the media. Petty also is one of the headline name sin various award watch lists this offseason, such as the O’Brien Award and Maxwell Award.

Helmet sticker to The Dallas Morning News for transcribing the radio interview quotes.

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3 Responses to “Art Briles says it is time for Petty to become a household name”
  1. fiverings37 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:49 AM

    Art Briles is quickly becoming the King of Shameless Team Promotion

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 9:44 AM

    I watched Briles’ Media day interview last night. He does seem to be a bit out of touch with his team, nationally. When talking about his defense, he hinted that they might have one of the best front lines in America… Their defense was resurgent last year under Phil Bennett but let’s not get crazy… He also said that his conference schedule was up there with anyone in the country. I’m going to go with “no” on that one too.

    But here’s the thing, they beat OU and Texas this year… I can easily see them running the table with the non conference schedule they have.

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Jul 23, 2014 10:08 AM

    Art Briles needs to become a household name before he can think he can tell us what time it is.

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