The Baylor Bears received their first bit of good news in recent weeks when quarterback Seth Russell announced he has been cleared for full football activities on Thursday.
Last year, Russell suffered a career-threatening injury when he suffered a fractured bone in his neck which knocked him out the rest of the season. He took to his Instagram on Thursday and said that he had received full clearance from his doctors.
Just over a week ago, Russell took to Twitter and reaffirmed his commitment to the Bears, despite Art Briles being fired and many recruits and signees asking for releases from their letters of intent. He is going to be a huge piece for Baylor and might just be the reason why the team could compete for the Big 12 title this year.
Last season, Jarrett Stidham took over for Russell during the injury and performed pretty well before breaking his ankle and missing the last three games of the year. They will both compete for the starting job this summer.
Over the last three years, Seth Russell has racked up nearly 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns. In just seven games in 2015, he threw for 2,104 yards and 29 touchdowns while leading the country in yards per attempt and quarterback rating.
The Bears open the 2016 season on September 3 when they host Northwestern State.
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