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BAYLOR FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK – Baylor College Athletics

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By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider

A part of Matt Rhule’s final recruiting class in December 2019, Brooks Miller was a 6-foot-1, 195-pound highschool security from West Monroe, La., who had 15 profession interceptions.
Though he made a go to to LSU, Miller was a two-star recruit whose solely different presents got here from in-state faculties: Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State.
Three years later, Miller has grown right into a 230-pound inside linebacker who had a sack and mixed for an additional deal with for loss amongst his 5 tackles in Saturday’s 42-7 win over Texas State.
“I am making an attempt to really turn out to be that,” mentioned Miller, when requested about being a bodily linebacker who is not afraid to throw his physique round. “All people simply thinks I am a protection linebacker, however I am making an attempt to turn out to be extra than simply that.”
Calling it “only a straight-up mindset,” Miller mentioned you must resolve, “I’ll fill the ‘A’ hole in the present day,” or “Hey, I am scared.”
“You have to choose one or the opposite,” he mentioned.
Miller and redshirt freshman Tyrone Brown helped fill the hole within the first half when senior center linebacker Dillon Doyle needed to sit out due to a targeting-foul ejection within the fourth quarter of a 26-20 double-overtime loss at BYU.
“I do not actually assume it is stress,” mentioned Miller, who missed the primary two video games with a hamstring harm, “due to how a lot Tyrone, me, Josh (White), Jaden (Maronen), all of us, we work actually exhausting. And we go 4 reps out and in, so we’re all the time getting reps and we’re all the time prepared.
“I believe confidence really goes a great distance, as a result of I’ve seen even in Tyrone, the boldness go up by leaps and bounds. And the extra assured he will get, the higher he performs.”
Making ready for Saturday’s matchup at Iowa State (3-0), Miller mentioned the environment and the Cyclones will likely be much like what the Bears (2-1) noticed two weeks in the past at BYU.
“Folks all the time speak about BYU being such a bodily crew,” he mentioned. “Effectively, since I have been right here, they are saying the identical factor about Iowa State. So, we will should be extra bodily than they’ll…. They’re nonetheless as bodily as all the time, so we ‘ re going to should get in there and stick our nostril in it. “
NOW THEY’VE SEEN IT: Beginning the final six video games of his true freshman season in 2018, Connor Galvin remembers how intimidating it was going into locations like Ames, Iowa, Morgantown, W. Va., and Norman, Okla., for the primary time.
“You possibly can take as a lot knowledge as you may,” mentioned Galvin, who’s made 40 profession begins, together with 29 in a row, “however finally you must undergo it to grasp find out how to deal with that noise…. What was it , like 65,000 followers all screaming (at BYU)? As a freshman, it is exhausting to mock that in follow. It is simply a kind of experiences you must undergo it to be taught from it. I’ve no issues, I do know these guys are going to bounce again. “
FIXING THE PENALTIES: After being flagged 14 instances for 117 yards in penalties towards BYU, the Bears whittled that right down to 55 yards on 5 penalties in Saturday’s dwelling sport versus Texas State.
“That, for certain, was less than our commonplace in any respect,” Galvin mentioned of the BYU sport. “We addressed it, we watched them, we discovered from it. Identical to final week, we actually put some extent of emphasis on being targeted, staying targeted and focusing all through the entire day of follow from begin to end. That is actually all it’s , simply focus. “
Miller mentioned that self-discipline has to begin at follow.
“If we have now the penalties all through the week, it is simply going to hold over,” he mentioned. “We simply should get higher all through the week and carry it into Saturdays.”
NOT FUN: Taking part in left deal with, Galvin hardly ever goes towards 6-4, 358-pound nostril deal with Siaki Ika in one-on-one blocking drills throughout follow. However, when he does, “it isn’t loads of enjoyable.”
“That is extra of like a guard or heart query, however from the few experiences I’ve, he is very sturdy,” Galvin mentioned of “Apu.” “He is very fast for his measurement di lui. Very misleading. However, he is a robust boy, very sturdy and quick. So, it isn’t loads of enjoyable.”
START FAST: After placing little stress on the Texas State quarterback within the first half, the Baylor protection cranked it as much as report two sacks and 4 QB hurries within the second half.
“I believe that was a complete mindset,” Miller mentioned. “We went into the primary half just a little sluggish. Within the second half, we talked it out just a little bit and mentioned, ‘Hey, can we wish to be the crew we wish to be?’ After which, we needed to go on the market and present it. “
Even throughout final 12 months’s 12-2 season, beginning gradual was a problem, “after which we might work our means again within the second half,” Miller mentioned.
“However, if we wish to be the crew that we wish to be, it is bought to begin from the primary quarter and finish on the final play of the sport.”

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