Thursday, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy announced he was leaving Michigan State with eligibility remaining. A day later, an offensive teammate has followed suit.
Running back Edwin Baker confirmed to the Associated Press Friday evening that he is taking his leave of the Spartans for a career in the NFL. Baker informed head coach Mark Dantonio of the decision earlier in the day.
The junior said a fear of getting injured played a significant role in his decision, although there may have been another equally important factor that played into the move as well.
Baker led the Spartans in rushing during the 2010 season with 1.201 yards, but shared time with Le’Veon Bell and his production dropped to 665 yards.
Fortunately for Dantonio and the Spartans, there was some positive news on the attrition front; following a few days worth of rumors, the school announced that defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was remaining in East Lansing after being heavily pursued by Texas A&M.