Baylor football will finally get to see the returns it made on a few wins it had in the transfer market.
Both former Clemson tackle Jake Fruhmorgen and ex-Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd will finally get their chance to play for the Bears this season.
And ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg thinks the two Baylor transfers could be a few of the most impactful newcomers this upcoming season.
“Offensive line should be a strength for Baylor, which returns four starters along with Fruhmorgen, who started eight games at right tackle for Clemson during the Tigers’ national championship season in 2016,” Rittenberg wrote.
Fruhmorgen, who’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, is a former U.S. Army All-American and was one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country. He played two seasons at Clemson before transferring to Florida.
Fruhmorgen left Florida, however, before he ever played a snap for the Gators. He then found a home at Baylor.
He’ll be an instrumental part of coach Matt Rhule’s rebuild. Life will be much easier on sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer if his offensive line can keep him upright.
He’ll especially need them to take a huge step next season if he wants time to throw to Hurd.
Hurd, who was a running back at Tennessee, is listed as a wide receiver for the Bears. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound senior certainly has the size. And he has one of the best returning Big 12 quarterbacks to throw to him next season.
Hurd and Fruhmorgen could be huge difference-makers for the Bears, who begin their season Sept. 1 vs. Abilene Christian.
For Rittenberg’s full list of impactful transfers, visit ESPN.com.