Baylor's Nick Florence ready to replace RG3

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 10:45 PM

DALLAS - Last season, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was the star quarterback at Baylor.

Griffin is long gone, so this year he's been replaced by Nick Florence, who will have some big shoes to fill.

"I get to fill [the shoes of] a Heisman Trophy winner" Florence said. ”Great! Let's do it. It's going to be fun. But I am a different quarterback. I don't run 4.4 [40-yard dash], as a matter of fact."

Florence is a product of South Garland High School, where in three years, he set 10 Garland ISD records, throwing for 87 touchdowns and passing for over 8,000 yards.

"I've said if there is anybody that can follow RG3, it'll be Nick," said Mickey Moss, his former high school coach at South Garland.

Moss is now the head coach at Rockwall Heath.

"He's mature beyond his years," Moss said. "His leadership ability, his skill with people, just his focus, everything about Nick is so impressive. I'm not surprised. I've said if there is anybody that can follow RG3, it'll be Nick."

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles agreed with Moss' off-field assessment of the quarterback.

"The great think about Nick is that he's mature," Briles said. "I mean, he's already graduated, he's already married, he's already played a bunch in some capacity, started a bunch of games in 2009 and played a half-game last year. That's one thing money can't buy and that's experience, and he has it."

Florence has a degree in Economics and is now working on his MBA. He's also trying to grow a beard.
 
"It's my final year," Florence said. "After this, I've got to get a real job, so it’s kind of the last time in my life that I can let it go. Let it go, fear the beard!"

Moss said Florence's biggest strengths boil down to two things.

"His flash, nothing of that impresses you, but he can win and he can lead men," Moss said. "Those things right there are so critical. I think he's going to be awesome."

Baylor fans will be watching.

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