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“Can they maintain what they did last year was actually asked of us last year after we got to a bowl game for the first time in a long time,” Briles said. “They were saying can (Baylor) sustain again and win in ‘11. The answer was yes.”

And they expect to have the same answer when this season is done.

Williams, who had the game-winning touchdown catch in the closing seconds last November in Baylor’s first-ever victory over Oklahoma, is the top returning receiver (59 catches, 957 yards, 11 TDs). The Bears also have playmakers Tevin Reese (51-877-7) and Lanear Sampson (42-572-3).

After different 1,000-yard rushers each of the last two seasons, Jarred Salubi gets his chance as Baylor’s primary back. Glasco Martin also has experience with the Bears, and Oregon transfer Lache Seastrunk is eligible to play after having to sit out last season.

“This isn’t a one-man show, and it wasn’t last year either,” Florence said. “We’ve got a lot of guys returning and we’ve got a lot of weapons on offense. So I’m just going to get the ball in their hands, and I’ll make plays when I need to make plays, but I’m going to let them to do their thing.”