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Daily Bears Reports 4/12: Football and Hoops

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Football, recruiting, and hoops

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional Practice Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Football:

Adam Grosbard of the Dallas Morning News looks at Baylor’s football schedule:

Biggest nonconference game: This one might seem a little obvious, but it has to be the contest at Duke to close out the nonconference scandal. UTSA won't be so easy, either, after making its first-ever bowl game last year. But while Duke is coming off a 4-8 season, quarterback Daniel Jones was only a freshman when he started for the Blue Devils last year. He threw nine interceptions last year but did not throw one in the final four games of the season. If he continues to improve, he could present a challenge to Baylor's secondary.

Max Olson of ESPN had this on Chris Platt:

He’s a big-play threat who averaged 16.2 yards per catch last season, good for fourth-best among all returning Big 12 wideouts. The term “track speed” gets thrown around generously these days, but Platt actually has it. He ran on the Bears’ 4x400 relay team at the NCAA championships in 2015 and is rejoining the track team after spring ball wraps.

On the football front, while he’s an explosive asset, there’s definitely room for growth this offseason. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Platt had the worst drop rate in the conference, dropping nearly 11 percent of his targets.

Matt Rhule spoke with the media following another practice:

The Green Bay Packer’s website had a nice breakdown on Kyle Fuller here.

Basketball:

Ben Stram of Fan Rag Sports expects Johnathan Motley to remain in the NBA Draft:

Motley’s injury makes it pretty certain he leaves in my book. At one point during the season, it would have been a shock to see Motley fall out of the first round. But given his recent injury, that’s almost a certainty.

I expect Motley to be a steal between 30-40 if he does decide to stay in the draft. There’s a lot to like if you’re a GM, and if he can continue developing offensively while adding more strength, Motley should be a solid rotational player for years to come.