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Injured WR Baker believes he can play Saturday

Dorian Baker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dorian Baker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dorian Baker had 55 catches for 608 yards and three touchdowns last season but was haunted by several key drops.

He was determined to correct that issue this season and had been impressing offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and receivers coach Lamar Thomas before he pulled a hamstring two weeks into preseason practice.

He missed UK’s second scrimmage and has been limited in practice. He stayed late Tuesday catching extra balls from UK’s JUGS machine.

“I haven’t seen him in the last 10 days, so up until then – I guess it hasn’t been 10 days. I can’t even remember now. I don’t know what day it is. Up until he was out for a few days? He was as good as we got,” Gran said. “He was practicing fast and physical, competing and doing everything we asked him to do.”

Baker had 26 catches last year that resulted in first downs. He had three or more catches in 11 games, including seven catches against both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. He had eight catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

He said Tuesday he hopes to play Saturday against Southern Mississippi and believes he will.

“But I will do whatever the coaches say,” Baker said. “I think I can play, but if they don’t want to take any chances, I will get it.”

A year ago he’s not sure he would have kept the same “positive approach” but he says that is part of his maturing process.

1 comment

  1. Mike

    Hopefully, the rest of the players will hope they can play on Saturday as well. The closer we get the more nervous I get. Some of the national scribes have them pre-season rated anywhere from 34-45 in the country. My 2 biggest individual concerns are Elam and Barker. This should be the most important game of Stoop’s career here. We lose this opening game with shades of WKU revisited and the demand for life preservers will increase. I know conventional wisdom has it that Stoops will get 1 more year if we don’t attain bowl eligibility, but I feel that we would have to sever because our recruiting would rival meltdown status.

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