College football coaches will often tell reporters and fans not to worry about spring and preseason depth charts, but they're a great way to drum up attention and feed storylines. After dealing with multiple injuries at the position last year, Baylor finds itself with two experienced and extremely productive players at quarterback in 2016, and Art Briles is not ready to commit to one over the other. In a depth chart shared today, rising senior Seth Russell and sophomore Jarrett Stidham are listed as co-starters.
Russell threw for 300.5 yards per game, with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games last year—all Baylor wins. Stidham played in 10 games, starting three, and threw for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns, and two interceptions, and completed 68.8-percent of his passes to Russell's 59.5-percent. In three starts, Stidham averaged 311.3 yards and completed 62.9-percent of his throws.
Along with Notre Dame, Alabama, and a few others, the Baylor quarterback race is going to be a huge story as we inch closer to week one.