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Bobby

Baker

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Safety
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
High School: Birmingham/Pierce College/UAB

Bio

CAREER STATISTICS

ACADEMIC HONORS:
• 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District, first team
• Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll, 2015-16
• Dean's List, Fall 2016
• Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Fall 2015; Spring 2016 

ATHLETIC HONORS:
• 2016 First-Team All-Sun Belt
• 2015 Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team
• Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 7, 2015)
• Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 19, 2016)

AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-time all-conference safety, earning recognition in both seasons he played at Georgia State after transferring from UAB … GSU career totals of 158 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups in two seasons ... Holds the GSU career record with five fumble recoveries while ranking eighth in career tackles ... Two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week.

2016: First-team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Georgia State’s second-leading tackler with 82 with three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ... Named Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and honorable mention Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week after leading strong defensive effort in 23-17 loss at No. 9 Wisconsin. Had a career-high 11 tackles, a pass breakup on third down to force a field goal and a fumble recovery on third-and-goal at the 3-yard line

Key performer for a GSU secondary that ranked ninth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed (173.9) ... Helped Georgia State defense lead Sun Belt with an average of 4.9 yards per play ... Georgia State is THE ONLY FBS TEAM that did not allow any offensive play, rushing or passing, of 50 yards or longer in 2016; longest pass play allowed by the Panthers was 37 yards ... 2016 Preseason All-Sun Belt selection who was also named to preseason watch lists for Jim Thorpe Award and Senior Bowl.

2015: Named to the 2015 Sun Belt All-Newcomer team ... Starting safety who was second on the team with three interceptions ... Led the Sun Belt with three fumble recoveries (6th in FBS) and was tied for fifth in the league in interceptions ... Third on team with 76 tackles.

Had a remarkable performance in his first game in a GSU uniform with a school-record five takeaways - two interceptions and three fumble recoveries - vs. Charlotte and was named Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 7, 2015). Also had eight tackles in the game ... Made nine tackles at Oregon ... Had five tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup at Arkansas State ... Grabbed his third interception and made a career-high 10 tackles vs. UL Lafayette ... Equaled his career best with 10 tackles vs. San Jose State in AutoNation Cure Bowl ... Forced a fumble and broke up a pass in win over Troy ... Made five tackles, including two key third-down stops, to help GSU hold Georgia Southern to just 203 total yards in 34-7 win ... Earned preseason all-conference recognition from Athlon (fourth team).

AT UAB (2014): Starting safety who was the Blazers’ leading-tackler with 19 stops through the first three games before suffering a season-ending injury … Had a breakout game in UAB’s 47-34 loss at Mississippi State in Week 2, recording 14 tackles, including 11 solo hits … Grabbed an interception vs. Alabama A&M the following week.

JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL: Played under head coach Efrain Martinez at Pierce (Calif.) College, where he was a teammate of former GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle ... 2013 Southern California Football Association All-American Division Second Team honoree ... Registered 39 tackles during his sophomore year ... Led his team to the 2013 American Division title ... Clinched the division championship with a victory against Glendale College, in which he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown ... Played high school football at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif. ... All-city selection ... Also attended Taft High School.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 5, 1994 ... Son of Bobby Baker Sr. and Coreen Ayers ... Majoring in speech.

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