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Nick Florence, QB

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Garland, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 205 lbs.
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02/07/2013 - Despite a record-setting senior season, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence said he won't pursue an NFL career. Florence will focus on finishing his MBA instead of preparing for the April NFL draft. "I've decided to hang up my cleats and finish my master's in December," Florence said. "My wife and I have spent the last 1 1/2 months talking about it, and it all came down to what we wanted in life, and it didn't include playing football."

Stepping in for 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Florence produced a superb senior season as he passed for a school-record 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for 568 yards and 10 scores. He ranked second nationally in total offense with 375.1 yards per game as he led the Bears to an 8-5 record that was capped by a 49-26 win over UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. He had planned to play in last weekend's Texas vs. the Nation college all-star game in Allen, but pulled out due to an ankle injury.

"Oh yeah, I'm going to miss it," Florence said. "I've been doing it my whole life. I don't know whether I would have been drafted, but I have no doubt that I could have made a team. But I'll look back and have a lot of great memories." - John Werner, The Waco Tribune-Herald

12/28/2012 - It didn't take long for Baylor's high-octane offense to hit high gear against UCLA. In one half, the Bears provided enough juice to throttle the Bruins. By the time many of the 55,507 who witnessed the Bears' victory were heading for the exits, Baylor players and coached basked in their 49-26 rout in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday night. "The running game was huge," said Baylor senior quarterback Nick Florence, who also came up big by completing 10 of 13 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for another score.

Florence broke Robert Griffin III's single-season school record for passing yards during the game, finishing with 4,309 yards. "I just happened to followed the Heisman Trophy winner, so for me, I just had to go out and be me," Florence said. "I'm not Robert, I'm not 6-3 and I don't run a 4.3. I just had to be me."

Baylor's offensive line cleared holes for running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. Seastrunk, voted the bowl's offensive MVP, ran for a game-high 138 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Martin added three touchdowns and 98 yards on 21 carries. "Best O-line in America," Florence said, "and we've got the best backs in America. They've done a heck of job running the ball." - The Sports Xchange

12/27/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior QB Nick Florence had the unenviable task of replacing 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, and what did he do? Simply have the second-most productive passing career in Baylor history with 6,113 yards, behind only the 10,368 yards Griffin compiled. Florence passed for 4,121 yards this season and provided an unexpected bonus with 531 yards rushing.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We wish things had been going this way at the beginning of the year, but you can't change the past. Honestly, I am grateful that things turned out the way it has." Senior QB Nick Florence, on Baylor's closing rush to 7-5 after a 4-5 start to the season - The Sports Xchange

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Quarterback: Nick Florence, Baylor, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Florence leads the nation with an average of 387.7 yards per game of total offense. He's completed 276 of 451 passes for 4,121 yards and 31 touchdowns. Florence needs only 174 passing yards in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl to break Griffin III's school record for passing yards in a single season, and his 31 touchdowns are second-most in a season in school history, six shy of RG3's record. - Baylor football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Nick Florence (QB), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Florence leads the nation with an average of 387.7 yards per game of total offense. He's completed 276 of 451 passes for 4,121 yards and 31 touchdowns. Florence needs only 174 passing yards in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl to break Griffin III's school record for passing yards in a single season, and his 31 touchdowns are second-most in a season in school history, six shy of RG3's record. - Baylor football

12/06/2012 - 2012 BIG 12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Nick Florence, Baylor, QB, Sr, Garland, Texas,...Florence, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by both the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches, is the first Baylor player named a first-team Academic All-American since punter Daniel Sepulveda in 2006. - Baylor football

12/01/2012 - Big 12 football programs take notice: Baylor is a dangerous team to play in November and December. Baylor senior quarterback Nick Florence gave a sparkling and gritty performance in his final home game, passing for 295 yards and rushing for 71, guiding the Bears to a 41-34 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Baylor (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) rescued its season in the last month by winning four of its last five, defeating top-ranked Kansas State and now No. 23 Oklahoma State along the way. As in its upset victory over then-top-ranked Kansas State two weeks ago, Baylor put Oklahoma State in a hole like the Cowboys hadn't seen all season.

The Bears grabbed a 21-point advantage early in the second quarter when Florence hit Tevin Reese on a slant pass that went 75 yards for a Bears touchdown. Reese's score put Baylor ahead 24-3. That marked the first time this season that Oklahoma State trailed by 21 in the first half. - The Sports Xchange

11/25/2012 - QB Nick Florence recorded his eighth game with more than 300 yards passing, going 22 of 37 for 396 yards and three touchdowns. He is third all-time in the Baylor record book in passing yards (5,817) and second in touchdowns produced (50).

11/24/2012 - Glasco Martin scored on a 4-yard run in overtime and Baylor overcame three missed field goals, including one on the last play of regulation, to become bowl eligible with a 52-45 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. Nick Florence threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (6-5, 3-5 Big 12), who didn't lead until Eddie Lackey's 55-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play of a wild fourth quarter. Lackey's second pick, with 1:46 left, set up Baylor at the Red Raiders 32. But Aaron Jones missed wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt.

After Martin's second TD run, Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5) started overtime with a holding call and two incompletions. After a 15-yard play set up fourth-and-5, Seth Doege's pass to a well-defended Eric Ward was incomplete, ending the game. Doege threw for 359 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. - AP Sports

11/18/2012 - A year after RG3 swooped in and won the Heisman Trophy with a brilliant November, Baylor once again found some late-season magic to impact the national college football landscape. Baylor piled up 584 yards on Kansas State, the Bears' last-ranked defense played infinitely better than that and Baylor quarterback Nick Florence looked more like the Heisman candidate than the Wildcats' Collin Klein as the Bears destroyed top-ranked Kansas State 52-24 on Saturday evening at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) came into the game looking to keep their national championship hopes rolling and Klein on his way to the Heisman ceremony. But both aspirations took a serious hit as they could never match Baylor's intensity. Klein passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but gave up three interceptions. Meanwhile, the Bears (5-5, 2-5) moved a huge step closer to becoming bowl eligible for the third consecutive season, which would be a first in school history. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/2012 - Take a glance at the total offense leaders in the Bowl Subdivision and there is a Baylor quarterback at the top. Same for passing yards per game. Without looking at names, it'd be easy to think those are leftover lists from last season, before Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy and left early for the NFL. Nope, those are the latest statistics. While Nick Florence has never tried to be like RG3 - "I'm not 6-3, 6-4, and I don't run a 4.3," the 6-foot-1 senior said - his numbers this season are very comparable to what Griffin did with the Bears. "He's been masterful quite honestly, and not surprisingly to us because of his personality and his demeanor and his mindset," coach Art Briles said. "We didn't ask him to be Robert, because nobody can be. What we asked him to do was just take his drive and his talents and fit it into our system."

Through nine games, Florence has more yards passing (3,191 to 3,093), one more rushing touchdown (six to five) and has been sacked five times less than Griffin at the same point last season. The wins just haven't come as frequently for the Bears (4-5, 1-5 Big 12), who are still trying to get bowl eligible. They play Saturday night at home game against second-ranked Kansas State (10-0, 7-0), the No. 1 team in the BCS standings. It is a matchup of the quarterback who replaced the Heisman Trophy winner against Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein, this year's Heisman front-runner. - AP Sports

10/16/2012 - 10-15-12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: QB NICK FLORENCE, BAYLOR...Florence has had the unenviable task of replacing Heisman-winner Robert Griffin III as Baylor's quarterback and leader this season. And through the first four weeks, he had the Bears' offense firing on all cylinders lighting up the scoreboard with their only blemish being a 70-63 loss at West Virginia. But then the TCU Horned Frogs came to town this past Saturday, defeating the Bears 48-21 and dominating on both sides of the ball. Florence scored all three touchdowns for Baylor, two through the air to senior wideout Terrance Williams and one on the ground. But he also made too many poor decisions throwing downfield, finishing with a season-low 12 completions and a career-high four interceptions. Florence did a nice job on touch throws, but his ball placement and velocity was inconsistent on his fastballs. He attempted too many risky passes, throwing across his body and trying to force the ball into coverage. Of Florence's 19 pass attempts, 21.1% of them were to TCU defenders and with the way the Horned Frogs were playing on offense, the Bears were constantly playing from behind. Entering the year as a likely undrafted free agent, the senior was rising somewhat in draft circles after his hot start, possibly into the later rounds. But his chances at being drafted took a huge hit against TCU as he came back down to earth. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/30/2012 - QB Nick Florence set a Baylor passing record with 514 yards, surpassing the 479 that QB Robert Griffin III had in a win over Oklahoma last year. Florence was 29 of 47 with five touchdown throws against a lone interception that led to nowhere.

09/23/2012 - QB Nick Florence isn't known for running like his predecessor, Robert Griffin III, but that doesn't mean he can't be effective. After breaking off a 60-yard dash a week earlier against Sam Houston State, he made several nice gains on keepers against Louisiana-Monroe. He finished second to RB Glasco Martin (18 carries, 58 yards) for the team lead with 55 yards on nine rushes.

09/22/2012 - Nick Florence completed 26 of 39 passes for 351 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help Baylor beat Louisiana-Monroe 47-42 on Friday night for its ninth straight victory. With Baylor (3-0) trailing 35-34 in the fourth quarter, Florence led a 14-play, 73-yard drive that ended with Levi Norwood's 9-yard touchdown run off a pitch. Florence added a 22-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams to put the game out of reach. Louisiana-Monroe fell to 1-2, dropping its home opener in front of a Malone Stadium-record crowd of 31,175. The Warhawks opened with consecutive overtime games, beating Arkansas and losing to Auburn. Baylor scored 17 straight points to take a 28-24 lead into the half. The teams combined for 63 first downs and 1,109 yards of total offense and there were only three punts in the game. - AP Sports

09/21/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Baylor doesn't have Robert Griffin III's running threat at quarterback, but senior Nick Florence has been an effective passer. He also broke off a 60-yard run against Sam Houston State but got run down from behind. Florence has a talented and deep receiving corps to throw to, and the Bears are getting production from a trio of running backs (Jarred Salubi with 174 yards, Glasco Martin with 84 and Lache Seastrunk with 54). - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2012 - Nick Florence passed for three touchdowns and set up another with a 60-yard run as Baylor needed a second-half rally to beat Sam Houston State 48-23 on Saturday night. Florence threw touchdowns to Jordan Najvar and Terrence Williams in the third quarter as Baylor (2-0) erased a 20-10 halftime deficit. His 60-yard run in the fourth set up Glasco Martin's 5-yard touchdown after Sam Houston State (1-1), which plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, had pulled within 24-23. Florence passed for 312 yards. Williams had six receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Bell passed for 285 yards for the Bearkats but also had four turnovers. He fumbled to set up Baylor's first touchdown in the third quarter, then fell when taking the snap on fourth down at the Baylor one in the fourth, spoiling a chance to take the lead. Baylor had a bye week after its season-opening win over SMU and got a slow start against the upset-minded Bearkats, who played for the FCS championship last season and clearly weren't intimidated by a Big 12 opponent. - AP Sports

09/02/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: SMU at Baylor, Sept. 2 -- Baylor has won the last two meetings in the series with SMU, but the two teams have met only twice since 1995, the last year they were together in the old Southwest Conference. The combined point difference in those two games was eight, with the Bears winning 10-7 in Waco in 2003 and 28-23 in Dallas in 2005. KEYS TO THE GAME: Keep the Ponies in check. The Bears don't figure to have the free rein offensively they did in 2011, so it's paramount for the defense to sharpen its game. A mistake-free game is the key on offense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Nick Florence steps in for Heisman winner Robert Griffin III (now with the Washington Redskins). He knows he can't duplicate Griffin's game, but managing to execute a clean game and taking advantage of some talented receivers should pay dividends. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - Nick Florence threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, Mike Hicks returned a fumble for a score and Baylor beat SMU 59-24 on Sunday night in the opener for both teams. Florence, taking over for departed Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, led the Bears to touchdowns on their first two drives and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Hicks returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter. SMU has lost 10 consecutive games to Baylor dating to 1986 when the schools were members of the defunct Southwest Conference. The Mustangs' Garrett Gilbert was 34 of 59 for 286 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since transferring from Texas. Zach Line rushed for 135 yards. - AP Sports

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Nick Florence, Baylor...Replacing Robert Griffin is no easy task, but Florence is experienced and primed for a standout senior year. He has 1,992 yards and eight touchdowns in 18 career games and started seven contests when Griffin was out due to a torn ACL. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

07/28/2012 - 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." - George Riba, WFAA TV Dallas

07/25/2012 - Baylor no longer has Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick by the Washington Redskins after bypassing his senior season. Oklahoma State is depending on a true freshman to replace Brandon Weeden and Texas goes into the season with sophomore David Ash and junior Case McCoy still competing to be the starting quarterback. When Baylor coach Art Briles was asked about replacing Griffin, his immediate retort was, "How do you adjust to not having the best player football in the United States of America last year at the collegiate level?" He later added that the Bears still expect to be a better team a year after matching a school record with 10 wins, including a six-game winning streak to end the season. "We're in the proving business," Briles said. "So what we have to do is figure out ways to fill in the gaps, because Robert created a bunch of gaps. His ability from somebody else's is a big gap. We have to fill that in with a variety of different methods, schematically, personnel-wise and motivational-wise and inspiration-wise that will give us an opportunity to stay at the level we finished at last year." The Baylor quarterback will be Nick Florence, the senior who would have redshirted last season if not pressed into action the second half against Texas Tech when Griffin was injured. In that half, Florence completed nine of 12 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score in a victory. - AP Sports

07/25/2012 - Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is gone to the NFL. The Bears now turn to senior Nick Florence. Seems like a big comedown, and it is. But Baylor coach Art Briles sang the praises of Florence during Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday in Dallas. "We're not going to say, ???Hey, Nick, this is yours. You're here for 12 games or 13 or 14,' whatever it is," Briles said. "We're going to make him earn it. We're going to give him an opportunity early because he deserves the opportunity. "The thing I love about him is that salutatorian out of 516 high school and already married and already graduated. The guy is already a success story. Regardless of what happens on the football field this year, he's going to be successful. The thing I love about him is that he'd take all that and move it over here if he can make a first down against SMU. I mean, that's where his passion, that's where his drive, is, is being a good football player that contributes to Baylor being successful in 2012. "I have a tremendous amount of confidence in the passion, the energy, the drive, the fearlessness that he's going to bring to the table for us, because I know him from inside out and I know how he feels. I know how he thinks, and I think I know how he performs. The thing he's gotta do is stay within himself and not get caught up in listening to anybody else or anything else and staying focused in the moment." - Berry Tramel, News Oklahoma

 
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02/07/2013 - Despite a record-setting senior season, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence said he won't pursue an NFL career. Florence will focus on finishing his MBA instead of preparing for the April NFL draft. "I've decided to hang up my cleats and finish my master's in December," Florence said. "My wife and I have spent the last 1 1/2 months talking about it, and it all came down to what we wanted in life, and it didn't include playing football."

Stepping in for 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Florence produced a superb senior season as he passed for a school-record 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for 568 yards and 10 scores. He ranked second nationally in total offense with 375.1 yards per game as he led the Bears to an 8-5 record that was capped by a 49-26 win over UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. He had planned to play in last weekend's Texas vs. the Nation college all-star game in Allen, but pulled out due to an ankle injury.

"Oh yeah, I'm going to miss it," Florence said. "I've been doing it my whole life. I don't know whether I would have been drafted, but I have no doubt that I could have made a team. But I'll look back and have a lot of great memories." - John Werner, The Waco Tribune-Herald

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