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Baylor QB Bryce Petty will return for his senior season

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Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has accounted for 39 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty will return for his senior season, making the announcement Monday.

"I will definitely be back next year," Petty said.

Petty has been nothing short of sensational in his first season as the Bears' starting quarterback, throwing for 3,557 yards and 28 touchdowns against two interceptions and rushing for 11 touchdowns.

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Possessing a rare combination of elite arm strength -- Petty is averaging 17.8 yards per completion and 11.1 yards per attempt this season -- and mobility, Petty has proven to be a perfect fit in Baylor's balanced spread offense under head coach Art Briles. Petty could enter next season as the prohibitive favorite to be the first senior quarterback selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Baylor can earn at least a share of its first-ever Big 12 championship with a win over Texas this Saturday.

With Petty returning, Baylor will be a strong favorite to win the Big 12 next season.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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