STILLWATER, Okla. — After punter and kickoff specialist Drew Galitz went out for the season with a knee injury two weeks ago against Kansas State, Baylor coach Matt Rhule held tryouts for students on campus last week.
The Bears found Jay Sedwick, a freshman from Arlington Grace Prep.
Sedwick made five kickoffs, including two for touchbacks in Saturday’s 59-16 loss to Oklahoma State.
“For a guy who was running in the Baylor Line, he kicked well and even made a tackle,” Rhule said. “He was a good find for us.”
Connor Martin stepped in at punter for the second straight game and averaged 46 yards on five punts. He also nailed all three of his field goal attempts, and has hit 11 of 13 for the season.
Tight ends make catches
Baylor’s tight ends hadn’t caught a single pass in the first five games, but Jordan Feuerbacher made two catches for 25 yards against the Cowboys.
Tight end Tyler Jaynes also made a catch for 12 yards on a play that he was lined up wide. Late in the game, freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer attempted to pass to former basketball player Ish Wainright, who returned to play tight end following an illness.
“I love catching the football,” Feuerbacher said. “But if you have fewer catches and win, I’ll take that any day of the week.”
Lovett, Stricklin go out with injuries
Several Baylor players suffered injuries against Oklahoma State.
After rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries in the first half, freshman John Lovett sat out the second half with a toe injury.
Pooh Stricklin made three catches for 41 yards before going out with a sprained foot. Denzel Mims was sick before the game and finished with two catches for 20 yards.
Terence Williams led the Bears with 95 yards rushing on 10 carries despite shoulder pain.
“Terence’s shoulder was throbbing but he wanted to finish the game,” Rhule said.
Freshman Brewer throws first passes
With the game out of hand in the fourth quarter, Baylor freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer saw his most extensive playing time of the season.
Brewer hit three of seven passes for 41 yards with an interception that stopped one Baylor scoring opportunity.
Brewer played for the first time against Kansas State when he ran one time for a one-yard loss.