All-America candidate heads into his third season as Michigan State's starting tight end . . . ranked among the nation's top 10 tight ends by The Sporting News (No. 9) . . . preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by The Sporting News and Lindy's . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Second-team All-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and media in 1999 . . . shared the MSU Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award with defensive tackle Josh Shaw and linebacker T.J. Turner . . . started all 12 games at tight end in '99 and played 320 minutes . . . finished second on the team in receptions (38) and third in receiving yards (391) and touchdown catches (4) . . . became MSU's most prolific pass-catching tight end in the last two decades, improving upon Al Kimichik's numbers from 1981 when he averaged 3.55 receptions per game . . . had at least one catch in all but one game (shutout by Penn State in the regular-season finale) . . . had seven catches for a career-high 72 yards vs. Purdue . . . caught a career-best eight passes for 51 yards vs. Notre Dame, including an 8-yard TD grab in the second quarter to open the scoring . . . earned Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Illinois, with three receptions for 54 yards . . . his season-long 25-yard reception vs. Illinois set up MSU's first touchdown . . . also had TD catches vs. Ohio State (1 yard) and Eastern Michigan (17 yards) . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Started all 12 games at tight end as a red-shirt freshman in 1998 and played 384.5 minutes . . . ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 22 for 305 yards (13.9 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . became a key offensive weapon down the stretch . . . caught 20 passes (289 yards) over the last seven games after making only two catches (16) in the first five contests . . . had two receptions for 11 yards in the '98 season finale vs. Penn State, including a 6-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter . . . caught four passes for 62 yards vs. Purdue, including an 8-yard TD grab in the third quarter . . . had four catches for 59 yards vs. Ohio State . . . had four receptions for 64 yards vs. Minnesota, including his first career TD grab ? a 20-yarder from Ryan Van Dyke in the second quarter . . . caught four passes for a season-high 69 yards vs. Indiana, including a 40-yarder from Bill Burke on the game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter . . . credited with eight tackles (5 solos, 3 assists) on special teams, including two solo stops vs. Penn State . . . also returned a kickoff 10 yards vs. Purdue . . .
1997 SEASON: Redshirted . . . missed all 12 games in 1997 with a knee injury . . . suffered cartilage damage in his left knee during practice Aug. 14 . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Associated Press first-team all-state selection in 1996 . . . honorable mention all-state pick by both Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News . . . earned first-team all-area honors from the Ann Arbor News in '96 . . . also named first-team all-league as a senior . . . selected to participate in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in Spartan Stadium . . . had 40 receptions for 989 yards (24.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior for Coach Jack Crabtree at Saline (Mich.) High School . . . credited with 29 tackles, including eight for losses . . . had one interception and blocked two punts . . . twice led Saline's basketball team in scoring, averaging better than 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 1996-97 . . . helped the Hornets win back-to-back Southeastern Conference basketball titles as a junior and senior . . . earned all-area and all-league honors in basketball in '95-'96 . . . also lettered in track, winning the league shot put title as a junior . . . runs 4.75 in the 40 . . . born Nov. 18, 1979 . . . majoring in parks, recreation and tourism.
Baker's Career Statistics
Baker's Career Highs
Catches: 8, vs. Notre Dame (1999)
Receiving Yards: 72, vs. Purdue (1999)
TD Catches: 1, seven times (last vs. Ohio State, 1999)
Baker's Game-By-Game Statistics