WACO, Texas -- Record-setting Baylor senior quarterback
Shawn Bell is done for the season after tearing the anterior
cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth quarter of
Baylor's 31-21 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
"He's kind of our leader over on the offensive side, and we'll
miss him," coach Guy Morriss said. "He operates the system well,
and the kids believe in him. And he'll be missed. That's all I can
tell you, sorely missed."
Redshirt freshman Blake Szymanski will make his first career
start Saturday when the Bears (4-5, 3-2 Big 12) play at Texas Tech.
Baylor needs to win two of its last three games to be eligible for
its first bowl since 1994.
Bell was 241-of-383 passing (.629 completion percentage) for
2,582 yards and 19 touchdowns -- all single-season school records.
The fifth-year senior ended as Baylor's career leader, completing
559 of 914 passes (.612 percent) with 38 TDs. He threw for more
than 200 yards and a touchdown in 11 straight games, also school
Szymanski has played in two games, connecting on 2 of 5 passes
for 42 yards and a touchdown, with an interception on the final
series against Texas A&M.
Morriss said Bell will probably have surgery in about three