By LARRY VAUGHT
Five games into the season, Dorian Baker has yet to make a catch. He’s played in only one full game but offensive coordinator Eddie Gran hopes to have him back against Vanderbilt Saturday.
Baker was UK’s leading receiver with 55 catches for 608 yards and three touchdowns last season. He was being counted on for an even bigger year this season.
“The one thing about Dorian is he hasn’t had much game time experience yet. But what he brings is that physicality, big body, fast, strong and does all the things you want a receiver to do,” Gran said. “Now it’s going to be how many reps do we do?
“Would we put him in there and what he knows. We’ll know that at the end of the week. Excited to have him back. Helps with our receivers and their depth, too.”
Gran said Baker had practiced well both Monday and Tuesday
With Baker out, Tavin Richardson has had a chance to play and has six catches for 120 yards.
“I think they both know they can’t go 60 plays, 70 plays apiece. They know that. And if they’re splitting that time or whatever it may be, if there’s a third one that has to go in there, bottom line is you’ve got to go full speed on every rep,” Gran said.
“And that’s what we’re getting out of our receivers. They’re not getting a lot of balls in some games and they’re still busting their tail. They’ve embraced that and I’ve been proud of them for that.”
Richardson had two third-down catches for first downs at Alabama last week.
“Those are big-league catches with a guy on your back and then shakes him and gets a first down. That’s what you want to see from your wide receivers. That was awesome That was really good to see,” Gran said.