Fifteen former Spartans, including 10 seniors and two juniors from the 2011 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, Trenton Robinson, Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker attempt to improve their stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight end Brian Linthicum and safety Trenton Robinson have accepted invitations to play in the Jan. 28 all-star game in Mobile, Ala.
MSU's fifth-year senior quarterback had an opportunity to sit down for an hour-long video session with the Monday Night Football analyst on Saturday afternoon.
MSU seeks its 11th win of the season and first bowl victory since 2001.
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner finished his Spartan career with 2,293 rushing yards on 462 carries (5.0 avg.; 65.5 ypg.) . . . played in 35 games, including 21 starts . . . rushed for 19 career touchdowns . . . had six career 100-yard rushing games . . . selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 250 overall) by the San Diego Chargers.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Rushed for 121 yards (40.3 ypg.) in three bowl games . . . had 10 yards on six carries in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . had 14 yards on 12 carries in the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama . . . led MSU with 97 yards on the ground on 12 attempts, including a 46-yard touchdown run, in the 2010 Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech.
2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranked second on the team in rushing with 665 yards on 170 carries (47.5 ypg.) and five touchdowns . . . also had five receptions for 60 yards (12.0 avg.) and one receiving touchdown . . . compiled 31 rushing yards on nine carries against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, including an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter . . . scored two rushing touchdowns and collected 34 yards on the ground on 10 carries against Indiana . . . had his first career touchdown reception with a diving 17-yard grab in the first quarter at Iowa that put MSU up 14-0 in the eventual 37-21 victory over the Hawkeyes; also rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries (3.9 avg.) . . . recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and sixth of his career, with 26 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown against Michigan; in two career games against U-M, Baker rushed 48 times for 314 yards (157.0 yards per game) and two TDs . . . collected 49 yards on 16 carries (3.1 avg.) vs. Central Michigan; named a game captain against the Chippewas . . . had nine carries for 50 yards (5.6 avg.), including a 9-yard touchdown run, against Florida Atlantic . . . rushed for 91 yards on 15 carries (6.1 avg.) in season opener against Youngstown State.
2011 PRESEASON NOTES: Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Third Team . . . ranks No. 65 on Rivals.com's countdown of the nation's top 100 players . . . featured on the Preseason Watch Lists for the 2011 Maxwell Award (Player of the Year) and Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) . . . ranked No. 18 on 2011 Preseason Top 25 Heisman Watch List by NationalChamps.net . . . listed as a preseason candidate for the Running Back Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards . . . ranked among the nation's top draft-eligible running backs by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 7) . . . also rated among the country's top running backs by Lindy's (No. 6) . . . named Blue Ribbon Yearbook's Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year . . . ranked No. 2 running back in the Big Ten by ESPN.com . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's (first team), Phil Steele's College Football Preview (first team), Athlon Sports (first team) and Blue Ribbon Yearbook (first team) . . . listed on the Big Ten Legends Division Preseason All-Star Team by ESPN.com.
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): True sophomore ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 30th in the nation with his 92.4-yard rushing average (1,201 total yards rushing) . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten second team . . . also named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore second team . . . became just the sixth sophomore in school history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season (Lorenzo White, 1985; Tico Duckett, 1990; Marc Renaud, 1995; Sedrick Irvin, 1996; T.J. Duckett, 2000) . . . his 1,201 yards rushing rank 13th in MSU single-season history . . . had five 100-yard rushing games (Western Michigan: 117; Florida Atlantic: career-high 183; Michigan: 147; Minnesota: 179; Penn State: 118) . . . averaged 5.8 yards per rush and had 10 rushes of 20-plus yards . . . ranked eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (6.0 ppg.), including a team-best 13 rushing TDs, which rank 11th most in an MSU season . . . recipient of the team's Danziger Award (Outstanding Detroit-Area Player, Offense) . . . midseason addition to the Doak Walker Award Watch List (nation's top running back) and Maxwell Award Watch List (nation's outstanding player) . . . rushed for 118 yards on a career-high 28 carries, including a 7-yard TD, in the victory at Penn State . . . rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries (5.6 avg.), including a 19-yard touchdown run, in the win over Purdue . . . recorded a career-high four rushing touchdowns while gaining 179 rushing yards on 27 carries in win over Minnesota; recorded a 30-yard TD in the first quarter and two of his touchdowns arrived on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line . . . averaged 7.3 yards per rush (73 yards on 10 carries) in win at Northwestern, including a 25-yard score with 1:07 remaining in the game to give MSU a 35-27 lead . . . accumulated 147 yards on the ground on 22 carries (6.7 avg.) in win at No. 18 Michigan, the sixth-highest total for a Spartan against the Wolverines; broke free for a 61-yard TD in the second quarter to give MSU a 7-3 lead; named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week . . . rushed for a team-high 87 yards on 18 carries (4.8 avg.) in win over No. 11 Wisconsin . . . collected 59 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored on a 5-yard TD vs. Northern Colorado . . . ran for 90 yards in overtime win against Notre Dame, including a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter . . . produced a career-high 183 yards on just 15 carries (12.2 avg.), including an 80-yard TD run, vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field; garnered Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors and was also named National Running Back Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards . . . rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries (6.9 avg.) and two touchdowns vs. Western Michigan in the season opener; named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his game against the Broncos.
2009 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman saw action in eight games in 2009 . . . ranked second on the team in rushing attempts (85) and rushing yards (427) . . . produced six runs of at least 20 yards . . . greatly expanded his role during the second half of the season, averaging 57.1 rushing yards over the last seven games . . . accounted for 508 all-purpose yards (seven receptions for 43 yards and two kickoff returns for 38 yards) . . . led the team in rushing in four of the last seven games . . . recorded a season-high 97 rushing yards on 12 carries (8.1 avg.) and scored his first career touchdown on a 46-yard run in the first quarter vs. Texas Tech in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl . . . his 46-yard scoring run is the longest rushing TD in Spartan bowl history . . . his 26-yard gain early in the fourth quarter against the Red Raiders led to a 44-yard field goal by Brett Swenson . . . rushed nine times for a team-high 48 yards (5.3 avg.) vs. No. 13 Penn State . . . gained 40 yards on seven attempts (5.7 avg.) at Purdue . . . also had a season-long 23-yard reception against the Boilermakers . . . recorded a season-high 15 carries for 78 yards (5.2 avg.) in his first career start in Game 10 vs. Western Michigan . . . rushed 11 times for 68 yards (6.2 avg.) vs. No. 7 Iowa, including a 37-yard run to the Hawkeye 1-yard line . . . picked up 45 yards on 12 carries vs. Northwestern . . . sat out five straight games as a potential red-shirt candidate . . . ran eight times for 27 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Montana State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but sat out the game with a knee injury . . . named to PrepStar's Dream Team . . . also earned All-America honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and SuperPrep . . . rated among the nation's top prospects by MaxPreps.com (No. 31), Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 35), PrepStar (No. 42), Rivals.com (No. 57), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 95) and ESPNU (No. 113) . . . ranked among the nation's top running backs by Tom Lemming (No. 5), Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 6), Scouts, Inc. (No. 11), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 11), SuperPrep (No. 15) and Scout.com (No. 20) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 15) . . . rated among the state's top prospects by Rivals.com (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), The Detroit News (No. 4) and Detroit Free Press (No. 7) . . . played for Coach Tim Hopkins at Oak Park (Mich.) High School . . . carried 77 times for 863 yards (11.2 avg.) as a senior despite missing four games with a hyper-extended knee . . . ran for 236 yards vs. Southfield Lathrup . . . gained a career-best 462 yards vs. Royal Oak . . . rushed 113 times for 1,295 yards (11.5 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a junior . . . recorded four 200-yard rushing games in 2007, including a season-high 280 yards and two TDs on 29 attempts vs. West Bloomfield . . . picked up 230 yards and scored twice on 15 carries vs. Troy, including an 81-yard TD run . . . son of Edwin McDonald and Dashia Baker . . . born June 1, 1991 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human capital and society.
BAKER'S CAREER STATISTICS
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