2021 Baylor Football Spring Preview

2021 Baylor Football Spring Preview

Thursday, April 15 | Live Zoom Event Begins at 12 p.m. CDT.

Baylor Football returns to the field in a few short months. Find out more about what to expect from this year's team during the 2021 Baylor Football Spring Preview.

Join Nick Florence, Senior Director of Development, Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts and former All-American quarterback for the Bears, who will host Senior Associate Athletic Director and Baylor Football Chief of Staff Dennis Polian and Associate Athletic Director for Football Relations David Wetzel. Listen in as they discuss the team and players to watch for during the 2021 season. They will preview the spring football game, which will be held on April 24.

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About our Speakers

Nick FlorenceNick Florence (BBA '11, MBA '13)

Nick Florence serves as Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts, where he oversees capital projects and leadership gifts. He joined Baylor University Development in 2013 following a successful Baylor football career.

An All-American quarterback for the Bears, Florence set Baylor’s single-game (581) and single-season (4,309) passing yards records. He was named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a first-team Academic All-American following his senior season, when he capped his career with a win over No. 17 UCLA in the 2012 Holiday Bowl.

Florence is married to the former Rachel Scott, graduated from Baylor in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in journalism. The couple has one daughter, Ella Kate.

Dennis PolianDennis Polian

Dennis Polian joined the Baylor Family in January 2021 as Baylor Football’s Chief of Staff and Senior Associate Athletic Director.

He came to Waco following two seasons at Arizona as the program’s Chief of Staff and Associate Athletic Director for football under Kevin Sumlin. Prior to Arizona, Polian served on a number of college campuses including Texas A&M, Tulane, Columbia University and others. Additionally, he has worked with the NFL, including with the Tennessee Titans, where he served as a pro scout, football administrator and special assistant to head coach. Prior to working with the Titans, Polian served in similar roles with the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings, including as the Super Bowl XLI team coordinator for the Colts in 2007.

Polian is a 1999 graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and he earned his master’s in administrative studies from Boston College in 2001. He is married to the former Jenny Pasquini. The couple has two children, Finn and Miller Rose.

David WetzelDavid Wetzel

David Wetzel joined the Baylor staff in December 2016 and now serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Football Relations.

He returned to his alma mater after 25 seasons coaching at the high school level in Texas, including the final 13 years from 2004-16 as head coach and athletic coordinator at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. He also served as the president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association at the time of his hiring. His overall head coaching record at three high schools was 163-71.

Wetzel lettered two seasons at wide receiver for Baylor in 1990 and 1991 under legendary head coach Grant Teaff. He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1987 and played on the 1985 state championship football team. He was named all-state as a defensive back and all-West Texas as a receiver. He and his wife Shana are the parents of three boys, Garren, Skyler and Chase.

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