QB Seth Russell lights it up in Baylor's first scrimmage

The biggest question for Baylor going into this season is whether junior Seth Russell can maintain the Bears' recent standard of excellence at quarterback.

Saturday was a good sign, as Russell delivered a near flawless performance in Baylor's first scrimmage of the preseason. He completed his first nine attempts, and finished 17-of-21 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

"I knew he was good and I knew he was on," coach Art Briles said. "I thought he was really calm. I thought he made some good checks at the line of scrimmage and protected the football. He's just continually gotten better the last three days. I think his confidence level is really rising."

Russell's big plays included a 77-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman and an 18-yard scoring strike to tight end Tre'Von Armstead.

"A lot of the guys were moving fast today," Russell said. "We started rolling and do what we do."

It should be noted that Russell's outing did come against Baylor's second-team defense. Even so, Saturday's showing was certainly encouraging for the Bears' outlook this season.