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Another Spartan heading to the NFL early

Edwin Baker, Desmond Morgan, Mike Martin AP

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.

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3 Responses to “Another Spartan heading to the NFL early”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 7, 2012 7:44 AM

    Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. Two of the best players on a team, leaving early. That DT for sure is a beast and I would guess at the next level, he will probably be a darn good DE for a pro. team. Wish both of them well.

  2. czakobry says: Jan 7, 2012 12:25 PM

    Actually, Baker isn’t one of our best players. There was some high preseason hype for him (he said publicly that he wanted to rush for 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns) but by the end of the year he was getting outplayed by LeVeon Bell. Bell looks like a lot better running back and pro prospect to me, at least, because he’s a lot bigger and stronger but also has some incredibly good moves to make people miss.

  3. woebegong says: Jan 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    He might be doing the smart thing for him then. Who knows maybe he gets drafted in the 3rd or 4th round and goes with a team that can develop him. There are a few teams that could use a finesse back to compliment their bruiser back, say for instance, Atlanta.

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