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Matt Rhule optimistic as spring ball arrives

"I really want us to develop some depth."

Baylor Head Football Coach Matt Rhule said last season was a learning experience for his entire team. The Bears finished with a record of 1-11, their worst since 1999.

With spring football starting on Thursday, Coach Rhule spoke Tuesday about what he wants to see out of his team that can carry over to the fall.

“We have a lot of young players that even red-shirted last season," Rhule said in an interview. "I think this is really their time to show that they will be able to help us next season. Specifically on the offensive line with the young quarterbacks. I really want us to develop some depth."

With Zach Smith transferring to Tulsa, Coach Rhule says the success of his team is in the hands of two young quarterbacks, sophomore Charlie Brewer and freshman Gerry Bohanon.

“Obviously I can’t say enough about what Charlie did this past season. I can only imagine how he would of played if he had that starting role from the beginning and had a chance grow into the job,” Rhule explained. “He’s a gamer, he’s a winner. He’s got tremendous talent. He’s got great vision. He’s someone guys want to play for.”

Bohanon is a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Earle, AR. He’s considered the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas and No. 11 duel-threat QB in the class of 2018.

“Since Gerry has gotten here, I think he’s someone that’s caught everyone’s eye. His work ethic, his ability. We haven’t really seen him throw a football yet because we are not in spring ball but the way he carries himself day in and day out,” Rhule said. “I think both guys are really well represented. We know that they both have a lot of talent.”

Baylor opens the 2018 season on September 1st, when they host Abilene Christian at McLane Stadium.