Biography: Shared time carrying the ball last season and posted 170 attempts/665 yards/5 TDs on the ground while adding five receptions. All-conference selection as a sophomore with rushing totals of 207/1201/13.
Positives: Smallish yet explosive ballcarrier who plays with terrific speed and quickness. Runs with good lean, displays solid vision and effectively uses blocks all around the field. Possesses a burst through the hole, quickly cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum changing direction. Squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs. Possesses the agility and speed necessary to turn the corner. Better pass catcher than his numbers indicate. Extends his hands and displays good focus catching the ball. Sees the blitz and squares into defenders in pass protection.
Negatives: Does not consistently play to his timed speed. Marginal strength carrying the ball and blocking. Easily brought down by the first defender.
Analysis: Baker was a solid back for Michigan State and projects as a third-down runner/situational ballcarrier at the next level.
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