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.