An already disastrous start to the Baylor season may have just gotten worse. Baylor has announced two players suffered significant injuries during the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. Wide receiver Chris Platt suffered an undisclosed knee injury, while defensive end Xavier Jones suffered a broken leg and high ankle sprain.
Both players are starters, and significant losses for a team already short on depth.
Matt Rhule broke the news of Platt’s injury to the media when announcing his depth chart for the upcoming matchup against Kansas State.
“I don’t know if you can replace Chris’ big play abilities,” coach Rhule told the media.
Chris Platt was a four-star ESPN 300 prospect coming into college. The junior had emerged as Baylor’s best player on offense and an absolute game-breaker. Platt was a threat to score every time he touched the ball, averaging a whopping 25 yards per reception. Platt already had racked up 401 receiving yards and five touchdowns through only four games this season. Hopefully Platt can have a speedy recovery and be 100% heading into his senior campaign.
The injuries plague for the Bears continues on. Denzel Mims will now assume the role as Zach Smith’s primary target. Look for freshman RJ Sneed to step up in Platt’s absence. An already young Baylor team just inserted another freshman into the starting lineup.
The loss of Jones is also significant. Jones had earned the starting job over the last two outings, but in his absence, Baylor will have to rely on Greg Roberts once again.
It looks like it’s going to be a long season for Baylor, but there may be a silver lining. Matt Rhule is developing a nice core of young players who may be able to win down the road.