The winless Baylor football team will get some much needed reinforcements with at least four players returning from injuries against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday at McLane Stadium.
Heading the group is junior running back Terence Williams, a 1,000-yard rusher last year who will play for the first time this season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
Cornerback Grayland Arnold will also play for the first time this season after suffering a broken arm during preseason camp. Defensive back Jordan Tolbert and linebacker Lenoy Jones will also be back from injuries.
Tight end Jordan Feuerbacher has been cleared to play after breaking his hand in Baylor’s season opener against Liberty. The Baylor coaches will watch his progress during practice this week to determine whether he will play. Tight end Ish Wainright is expected to miss several games due to illness.
Additionally, safety Taion Sells will play for the first time this season after serving a three-game suspension for an undisclosed incident over the summer.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule said Williams will be the featured back against the Sooners. During last week’s 34-20 loss to Duke, freshman running backs John Lovett and Dru Dixon combined for 49 yards on 18 carries.
“Terence will get the lion’s share of the carries,” Rhule said.
Rhule also said sophomore quarterback Zach Smith will start against Oklahoma after hitting 12 of 34 passes for 263 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions against Duke in his first start of the season.
After losing their first three games for the first time since 1999, Baylor will face a powerful Oklahoma squad that’s off to a 3-0 start and has a leading Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Baker Mayfield.
“They have a quarterback that’s one of those players that you only see once in a while,” Rhule said. “They do a great job of figuring out what you’re doing and attack you. They play a big, physical defensive style that makes it tough to run and pass the football.”
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