Iowa State Women\'s Hoops Staffer Who Sent Profane Twitter Message To High Schooler Resigns

Baylor cornerback Ryan Reid felt excruciating pain every time he backpedaled to cover a receiver or lunged to break up a pass.

Reid played last season with an injury to his abdominal muscle but stayed in the lineup to help a team that was short on healthy cornerbacks.

“The bottom of my abdominal muscle was ripping off my pelvis,” Reid said. “I had a little problem before the season and it triggered some other stuff during the season and the pain started happening. But I sucked it up and tried to keep playing for my teammates.”

After undergoing surgery in February, Reid feels like a new man as he prepares for his junior year. Along with returning starter Xavien Howard, the Bears have good experience at cornerback and will have more depth this year with Terrence Singleton and Tion Wright expected to make big contributions.

The Bears finished 107th nationally last season by allowing 264.2 passing yards per game, but they’re hoping a deeper rotation of cornerbacks will translate into better numbers.

“We’ve got four or five guys who are very capable,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “It’s big especially in our league because it’s a throwing league where guys are getting challenged every snap. That’s an island position, so those guys have to be ready every time they step on the field.”

Despite his injury, Reid played in 12 of 13 games last season and only missed the Nov. 22 game against Oklahoma State. He finished the season with 32 tackles and 12 pass breakups while forcing two fumbles.

Reid’s most memorable pass breakup came in the fourth quarter against TCU, when he knocked down Trevone Boykin’s fourth-down throw that helped set up Baylor’s winning field goal as time expired for a 61-58 win.

As the season progressed, Reid could feel his abdominal injury hurt worse but he didn’t want to leave the lineup because he had worked so hard to earn a starting spot.

“I was never down, I just prayed about it,” Reid said. “I had dreamed about it my whole life and I didn’t want the injury to end the dream. I stuck it out as much as I can. But you could see it in my face on the sideline I was in pain. Coach Kaz (Kazadi) and the strength and conditioning coaches kept giving me words of encouragement.”

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Baylor cornerback Ryan Reid played most of last season with an injury to his abdominal muscle. Now fully healthy, he joins a Bears secondary that looks to improve on last year’s 107th-ranked pass defense.

Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett admired how Reid kept playing through the pain because the team needed him.

“It tells you what kind of competitor he is and where his heart is,” Bennett said. “He wants to play and he’s talented. It was a severe injury, but he’s looking a lot better.”

Following surgery, Reid began rehabilitation during the spring and continued to prepare for this season throughout the summer. He’s anxious to establish his leadership in Baylor’s secondary.

“There’s no doubt I’m feeling good,” Reid said. “I just have to be a leader and remain healthy. I have stuff to work on. We have the depth so if there’s any problem with me I know I have somebody to back me up. and we won’t miss a beat.”

With Reid and Howard returning, the Bears will have one of the most experienced pairs of cornerbacks in the Big 12. Starting all 13 games as a sophomore last season, Howard tied for the team lead with four interceptions while recording a team-high 13 pass breakups and collecting 51 tackles.

At 6-2 and 200 pounds, Reid is taller than most cornerbacks and has the height to match up with most receivers. Howard believes his experience will help him coming into his junior season and he’s made steps to improve his technique.

“This offseason I’ve been working on my footwork and hands and ball skills,” Howard said. “I feel like I can get better and get into better position to make plays.”

Briles is counting on Howard to be a dominating presence in the secondary since he has the most experience.

“Somebody needs to drive the car and X would be the one to get in there and drive,” Briles said. “He has proved himself more than the others.”

Singleton’s playing time was limited last season as he struggled with a hamstring injury. But Bennett believes both Singleton and Wright can make strong contributions.

Wright started against Oklahoma State last season after transferring from Moorpark (Calif.) College but he didn’t see a lot of time at cornerback the rest of the season. Redshirt freshmen Jourdan Blake and Verkedric Vaughns could also get into the cornerback mix.

“We’ve got a good battle,” Bennett said. “X is playing like he has a little experience and having Singleton in the mix has been good. Tion is much better and you can tell Ryan is healthy. We want Jourdan or Verkedric to step up because it’s going to take five.”

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Iowa State Women\'s Hoops Staffer Who Sent Profane Twitter Message To High Schooler Resigns

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Iowa State Women\'s Hoops Staffer Who Sent Profane Twitter Message To High Schooler Resigns

Iowa State Women\'s Hoops Staffer Who Sent Profane Twitter Message To High Schooler Resigns

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Iowa State Women\'s Hoops Staffer Who Sent Profane Twitter Message To High Schooler Resigns