Baylor senior receiver Tevin Reese is expected to begin practicing Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl.
Reese has been out the last four games since suffering a dislocated wrist in Baylor’s 41-12 win over Oklahoma on Nov. 7. The Bears face Central Florida in their first BCS bowl appearance after winning their first Big 12 title.
Baylor still leads the nation with 624.5 yards and 53.2 points per game, but hasn’t been as productive with the speedy Reese on the sidelines. In the last three games, Baylor has averaged 440.3 yards and 29.3 points per game.
Baylor’s deep passing game has been particularly hurt by Reese’s absence. In eight games, Reese caught 33 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns, and averaged 25 yards per catch.
“You can’t lose a guy who has led the nation in yards-per-catch the last two years and not have some effect,” Baylor coach Art Briles said before last weekend’s 30-10 win over Texas.
Reese is excited to return to practice after being out for more than a month. On his Twitter account, he posted, “Cleared!”
Baylor left offensive tackle Spencer Drango, who has missed the last three games, is expected to be out for the bowl game after undergoing back surgery after a win over Texas Tech on Nov. 16. Linebacker Bryce Hager, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, is questionable for the bowl.
The 5-10, 170-pound Reese has been one of Baylor’s most productive receivers for the last four seasons.
As a freshman in 2010, he caught 45 passes for 401 yards before making 51 catches for 877 yards and seven scores as a sophomore in 2011. Last season, Reese made 53 catches for 957 yards and nine scores.
For his career, Reese has made 182 catches for 3,059 yards and 24 touchdowns.