Coming into 2014, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is one of the most hyped quarterbacks in America. While he's among the favorites to win every major award, from the Heisman Trophy to the Davey O'Brien Award, Petty may have received the highest honor of his life over the weekend at the Elite 11 camp.
Petty, along with the camp's competitors and several other college QBs, participated in a workout put on by Team Red White & Blue, a non-profit organization made up of military personnel. During the workout, the participants were grouped into teams and had to do several things, like fill and load 100 50-pound sand bags, run them 75 yards up a hill and build a bunker, and navigate a lake without oars. Petty was supposedly the best competitor there, leading incoming Texas Tech QB Jarrett Stidham to say Petty was "an ox" and a "big-time leader."
However, the biggest piece of praise came from decorated military member Command Sergeant Major Todd Burnett, who told Petty, "I don't easily get impressed, but I'd go to war with you," and gave him his hat as a sign of respect.
"I've gotten some compliments in my life, and not to say that sounding arrogant, but I have to say that was probably the best compliment I've ever gotten," Petty said.
"You're talking about a guy who has been an Army Ranger for 29 years and here he was saying with complete and utter conviction that he would go to war with you if you ever needed to. That is something I will always remember. It's like they always say out here: There's a lot of things you can't control, but you can always control your effort. I pride myself on being able to get through things and push through things, so to hear something like that from a man like him is very special. The hat is such an honor in itself."
Petty led Baylor to an 11-2 record last year, throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns.