UK FOOTBALL | Dorian "The Man" Baker becoming the clutch performer Kentucky needs
10/05/2015 05:27 PM
LEXINGTON — He’s always had the potential, but Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker is now producing the results.
The 6-3 sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, single-handedly saved a stagnant UK offense against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, snagging a game-high eight catches for 86 yards, not to mention the game-tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation and game-winning score in overtime.
“He’s a man. Gosh, he’s a man” Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles said of his go-to target after the game. “He’s absolutely spectacular. On that fourth-and-three, I looked at Coach Dawson, and was like, if we have 1-on-1, I’m going to take that 10 out of 10 times. The last two games I’ve done that, he’s rewarded me. Any time we can get him the ball in open spaces, it’s a good thing for us.”
After a drop-filled performance against the Florida Gators in Kentucky’s lone loss of the season, Baker has responded with back-to-back solid performances against Missouri and EKU, grabbing a total of 13 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
“I was asking for it all game, honestly,” Baker said after the EKU victory. “When it was crunch time and we needed it, the team believed in me, so I had to just get the job done because I was asking for it for so long.”
KSTV discussed Baker’s clutch performance against the Colonels on Monday’s show, explaining how his emergence as a reliable threat can take the Wildcats’ offense to another level: