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June 27, 2013
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This fall marks Baylor football's 64th and final season at Floyd Casey Stadium before the Bears move back to campus with the opening of Baylor Stadium in 2014.

To celebrate the stadium's history, we asked two longtime Baylor football followers, Bear Foundation Communications Director Jerry Hill and "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, BA '80, to take stabs at drafting their own "All-Floyd Casey" teams from the scores of players who have donned the green and gold since 1950.

Hill has covered the Bears regularly for more than a quarter-century, first as the Waco Tribune-Herald's beat writer and then since 2008 as editor of the Baylor Bear Insider. Morris' voice has been heard on Baylor radio broadcasts since 1987, first alongside the legendary Frank Fallon and as the main play-by-play man since 1995. Both Hill and Morris are closing in on 300 consecutive games covered.

Each was asked to make 10 picks toward a team of the best players in Floyd Casey history as if they were preparing to construct an entire starting lineup. Hill won a coin toss and got the first pick; selections then alternated between the two following the "snake" order common to many fantasy sports drafts. Their selections follow, along with a brief explanation of each pick.

Round OneRobert Griffin IIIJerry Hill nametagRobert Griffin III, QB (2008-11): "There's your Heisman Trophy. He changed football at Baylor."
placeholder spacerMike SingletaryJohn Morris nametag Mike Singletary, LB (1977-80): "Leading tackler in Baylor history. Leading helmet cracker in Baylor history. 662 career tackles; second on BU's all-time list has 422."
Round TwoWalter AbercrombieJohn Morris nametagWalter Abercrombie, RB (1978-81): "Baylor's all-time leading rusher, and a very nice NFL career after that, and now with the Baylor 'B' Association."
spaceholder imageLawrence Elkins Jerry Hill nametagLawrence Elkins, WR (1962-64): "Baylor's first two-time consensus All-American. Still in Baylor's top 10 in career receptions and yardage with numbers that, at the time, were just ridiculous."
Round ThreeBill GlassJerry Hill nametagBill Glass, OG (1954-56): "Baylor's first unanimous All-American. College Football Hall of Fame. And later in life, he can come back as team chaplain."
spaceholder imageDon TrullJohn Morris nametagDon Trull, QB (1961-63): "Just elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Led the nation in passing in 1963. Two-time Academic All-American."
Round FourTerrance Williams
Terrance Williams, WR (2009-12): "Gotta have a receiver to go with Don Trull; I will go cross-generational and go TW. Big, tall, strong. He and Trull would have played well together."
spaceholder imageJames Francis Jerry Hill nametagJames Francis, LB (1986-89): "In my Heisman voting, he was the only defensive guy I ever put in my top three. There were games where he was by far the best player on the field."
Round FiveRobert BlackmonJerry Hill nametagRobert Blackmon, SS (1986-89): "He and Francis were such a dynamic duo. One of the top five interceptors in Baylor history, but such a heavy hitter, too."
spaceholder imageThomas EverettJohn Morris nametagThomas Everett, FS (1983-86): "Inaugural Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back. Two-time SWC MVP and nine-year NFL veteran."
spaceholder imageMark Adickes
Mark Adickes, OT (1979-83): "That's Dr. Mark Adickes. Played six years in the NFL, then got his medical degree and is now co-medical director of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston."
spaceholder imageSantana Dotson Jerry Hill nametagSantana Dotson, DT (1988-91): "Finalist for the Lombardi Award. And the first player that Baylor had to hold a press conference announcing he was coming back."
Round SevenJim Ray SmithJerry Hill nametagJim Ray Smith, OT (1952-54): "College Football Hall of Famer. Had a nice NFL career, too. And now I have two offensive linemen to protect Mr. Griffin."
spaceholder imageGerald McNeilJohn Morris nametagGerald McNeil, WR (1980-83): "Complement to T-Dub. Great career. Held the Baylor records for career receiving yards and career total yards for almost 30 years."
Round EightCharles Benson
Charles Benson, DE (1979-82): "That was a good defensive team in 1980. Everybody remembers Singletary, but Benson was playing a lot on that team, too. He disrupted a lot of things at defensive end."
spaceholder imageKendal; Wright Jerry Hill nametagKendall Wright, WR (2008-11): "A value pick in the 8th round. Baylor's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns."
Round NineJoe PawelekJerry Hill nametag
Joe Pawelek, LB (2006-09): "When you think about guys who got the absolute most out of what they had... One of those instinctive guys. Two-time All-American and Academic All-American."
spaceholder imageVann McElroyJohn Morris nametagVann McElroy, FS (1978-81): "Hard-hitting safety from Uvalde, Texas. Blew up an Arkansas tight end one time and left teeth scattered all over the field."
Round TenDaniel SepulvedaDaniel Sepulveda, P (2003-06): "He and Singletary are the only two three-time All-Americans in Baylor history. Only person ever to win the Ray Guy Award twice."
spaceholder imageTerrance Ganaway Jerry Hill nametagTerrance Ganaway, RB (2009-11): "He only had the one year, but he is the single-season rushing leader in Baylor history. And one of the best student-athletes, character-wise, that I've dealt with here."

Since Floyd Casey Stadium debuted in 1950, the Bears have featured six College Football Hall of Famers (including head coach Grant Teaff) and 45 All-Americans. All 20 players chosen in this "draft" earned All-America honors at least once, and the group combined for 27 All-America seasons.

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