Posted December 05, 2013

Baylor QB Bryce Petty annouces he will return for his senior season in 2014

Art Briles, Baylor Bears, Big 12
Baylor's Bryce Petty

Quarterback Bryce Petty has announced he will return to Baylor for the 2014 season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On the heels of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s announcement on Tuesday that he will come back to school for his junior season, yet another star signal-caller is set to return to the collegiate ranks. Baylor’s Bryce Petty told reporters in Waco, Texas, that he will play for the Bears during his senior campaign in 2014.

“I will definitely be back next year,” Petty said.

The Bears quarterback, who has thrown for 3,557 yards with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 168 yards with 11 scores, garnered some Heisman Trophy buzz earlier this fall before delivering a less-than-stellar performance in a 49-17 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 23. Baylor coach Art Briles previously received a contract extension through 2023, and the prospects of Briles pairing with Petty for another year could add to Bears’ fast-growing reputation. Baylor is currently 10-1 (7-1 Big 12). It still has an outside chance to win the conference, if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State and the Bears defeat Texas on Saturday.

Junior wide receiver Antwan Goodley and running back Lache Seastrunk have yet to make their intentions for next season known, though Seastrunk did say he would like to return during a student event on Thursday.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Petty listed as the sixth-best overall quarterback in his rankings in mid-October, with Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Oregon’s Mariota, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger ahead of him at the time. Whether it’s a calculated gamble or a matter of Petty wanting to finish the job, there’s no telling yet how this will affect his NFL draft stock moving forward.


 I'm glad he's staying.  The NFL is a whole other animal:  unimaginative, formulaic, and boring after watching collegiate enthusiasm.  There is only room for one kind of QB.

The NFL is where star college quarterbacks go to die.


I went to highschool with him. His plan is to finish his Masters then use whatever money he gets from the NFL to fund his own business.

For the non-boneheaded athletes, these decisions are more then just about football.