Chris Johnson to be Baylor’s QB in Russell’s Athletic Bowl

Baylor will start Chris Johnson at quarterback in its matchup against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl on the 29th.

According to Matt Murschel of The Orlando Sentinel, Bears coach Art Briles has stated that freshman Jarrett Stidham is not fully recovered from an ankle injury, thus Johnson will start.

“Play for everybody out there on the field except for yourself and be a great leader and a great competitor,” Briles said aboutJohnson. “He’s done an admirable job. He’s made some mistakes, which are understandable, but we sure feel like we can go out and win with him.”

Johnson, who spent time at wide receiver this season before being placed at QB again, appeared in three games at the position and completed 15 of 38 throws for 220 yards and three touchdowns, plus two interceptions. A former four-star recruit from Bryan, Texas, he could have his hands full with a tough UNC defense that refused to back down even in defeat to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Needless to say, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Baylor.

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