Neither one has the number quite right, but the point is the same. “He waited so long to play,” Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango says of quarterback Bryce Petty. “Seventeen hundred and 56 days.” Says Petty of his return for a second season as the Bears' starter: “I didn’t wait 1,786 days to play one-and-done.”

Actually, Petty went 1,758 days between his final start at Midlothian (Texas) High (Nov. 7, 2008) and his first one at Baylor (Aug. 31, 2013). The players may not have the number exactly correct, but their emphasis is clear: Petty waited a long, long time for this. Entire, successful college careers were completed before Petty ever took his first snap for the Bears.

“Geno Smith was in my class? No way,” Petty says. So was former USC star Matt Barkley, who, like Smith at West Virginia, played four full seasons and went to the NFL before Petty started his first college game.