Baylor Bears LB Terrel Bernard out for season with shoulder injury

Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, coach Dave Aranda said Monday.

Bernard, who is the Bears' leading tackler, will have surgery to repair the injury, which occurred during the team's loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

The junior was a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection and is leading the conference in tackles per game, averaging 11. His 55 tackles overall are third in the Big 12 and his 6.5 tackles for loss are tied for the team lead.

Bernard tweeted details about the injury and said he was "disappointed I won't be able to finish the year with my guys. I'd do anything to be out there with them."

Junior linebacker Abram Smith is listed as Bernard's backup at weakside linebacker. Smith, a converted running back, has 10 career tackles and has appeared in 24 career games.

Aranda also said that Craig Williams, Baylor's leading rusher, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Williams, a freshman, injured his ACL and MCL in the loss to Iowa State. He has rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns this season.

The Bears use multiple running backs, including John Lovett (125 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards) and Trestan Ebner (75 rushing yards, 220 receiving yards).