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Baylor RB Hasty to miss minimum 4 weeks

September 5, 2017 GMT

Baylor sophomore running back JaMycal Hasty will miss a minimum of four weeks but won’t require surgery after suffering a knee sprain against Liberty.

Hasty suffered the knee injury in the second quarter of the Bears’ 48-45 season opening loss on Saturday night at McLane Stadium. Hasty had rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule hopes Terence Williams, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, will return to action in two weeks after missing preseason camp following shoulder surgery.

Rhule is confident freshman running backs John Lovett, Dru Dixon and Trestan Ebner can carry the load beginning with Saturday’s game against UTEP at 7 p.m. at McLane Stadium.

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Lovett rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries while Dixon had a 29-yard kickoff return and one carry for one yard against Liberty

“They’re young but I feel good about them,” Rhule said. “Lovett got in the game and played well. Dixon had a bowling ball kickoff return. Ebner didn’t carry the ball but played on special teams.”

Baylor’s injury depleted secondary should also be deeper against UTSA with sophomore cornerback Jameson Houston returning from a head injury that he suffered during practice last week. Freshman cornerback Timarcus Davis has also been cleared to play following surgery while safeties Rajah Preciado and Henry Black are also healthy.

Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert burned the Bears by hitting 44 of 60 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Harrison Hand, junior Jourdan Blake and converted sophomore receiver Blake Lynch rotated at cornerback for Baylor.

“Harrison probably played 70 to 80 snaps and Blake 40 to 50,” Rhule said. “We’ll certainly have more depth and experience (against UTSA) than we had last week.”

Liberty president Jerry Falwell canceled classes Monday following Liberty’s win over Baylor. Liberty, an FCS school that will jump to the FBS level next year, recorded its first win over a Big 12 school.

The Bears will face a UTSA squad that will play its season opener after last weekend’s game against Houston was postponed. The game was scheduled at the Alamodome in San Antonio but Houston requested the postponement due to the devastation by Hurricane Harvey.

“We would have loved to see them play, but obviously with the conditions around it not playing the game was understandable,” Rhule said. “We’ll have to prepare for them off what we saw last year.”

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