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      Rashad Baker
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Camden, N.J.

High School:
Woodrow Wilson

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
DB

Experience:
3L

PRINTABLE CAREER SUMMARY

Full name: Rashad Steward Baker ... Born: Feb. 22, 1982 ... Jersey number: 16.

HONORS - 2002 All-SEC Coaches, Associated Press (2nd); 2000 Freshman All-America The Sporting News (3rd), Freshman All-SEC. CAREER - Games/Started: 45/41.

2003 - Games/Started 11/10 ... Senior captain has a knack for making big plays in big games ... Tied for 11th on Tennessee's all-time interception list with 11 ... Tied his career highs with 13 tackles and two PBUs vs. South Carolina ... Recorded 11 tackles against Auburn ... Had five stops against No. 8 Georgia before a deep thigh bruise forced him out of action in the second half ... Returned two weeks later and started at Alabama, where he recorded six tackles, including one for loss, before sustaining a sprained knee that took him out of action ... Missed the Duke and Miami games while recovering from the injury ... Saw limited action vs. Mississippi State, logging two tackles ... Played an increased amount of snaps against Vanderbilt and tallied four tackles ... Made five solo tackles vs. Kentucky and also recorded his 11th career interception ... Recorded seven solo tackles vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ... Named Division I-A College Player of the Year by the Memorial Football Club of South Jersey ... Was a preseason All-SEC pick by league media.

2002 - Games/Started 11/10 ... Turned in another stellar season as Vols free safety but missed final two regular season games because of knee injury ... Despite injury, earned first-team All-SEC honors from league coaches and was second-team pick by Associated Press ... Finished third in Southeastern Conference and 24th nationally with five interceptions despite missing the two games ... Was tied for lead in Southeastern Conference with five interceptions before being injured against Mississippi State ... His five picks led Tennessee ... Interceptions came against Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina ... Active in secondary and finished season with 60 tackles ... Tackle total was sixth on team and included 44 initial hits ... Added seven PBUs ... Also finished sixth in league with a 10.8-yard punt return average on 12 tries ...

2001 - Games/Started: 13/13... Leads the team with four interceptions ... Recorded interceptions against Syracuse, Georgia, Memphis and Vanderbilt ... Had back-to-back double-digit tackle games against Notre Dame and South Carolina ... Recorded a career-high 13 tackles against Notre Dame including 10 solo and logged 10 total hits against South Carolina ... Recorded nine stops against LSU ... Also had nine tackles in the Vols' victory over Florida ... Also saw duty as a punt returner ... Returned six punts for 49 yards in regular season match-up versus LSU ... Returned four punts for 57 yards against Arkansas ... Final return of game versus Arkansas went for 12 yards and set the ball up at the Arkansas 43-yard line ... The Vols eventually drove down the field and converted on a field goal ... Returned 26 punts for 237 yards for a 9.1 yard average with a long of 18 yards.

2000 - Games/Started: 10/8...The Sporting News third-team Freshman All-America...Knoxville News-Sentinel Freshman All-Southeastern Conference...As a defensive back, he registered 17 tackles and 14 assists, snared an interception and broke up two passes...Recruited as a wide receiver, he was shifted early in the fall to free safety and became a starter in Louisiana-Monroe game...Rashad also shared punt return duties with Eric Parker, handling a total of 13 for 56 yards...He returned punts in place of the injured Parker in Alabama game, garnering 10 yards on four tries...In South Carolina game, his first interception as a Vol ended a Gamecock threat that had carried to the UT 19...He returned the pigskin 27 yards...Ankle sprain in Kentucky game sidelined him for finale with Vanderbilt and the Cotton Bowl ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Named to the All-state, All-region and all-group teams during his senior season ... As a senior, he caught 37 passes for 730 yards ... Best game was 12 catches for 144 yards against Deptford High ... Set school career receiving yards record with more than 1800 yards ... Outstanding track athlete who competed in the 100 HH (13.8) and 100 meters (10.7) ... Was a member of national ranking shuttle hurdle relay team with a mark of 56.8, which was .3 off of the national high school record ... Coach at Woodrow Wilson High School: Steve Murray.

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
TOT
FUM
FUM
Class/Year
UT
AT
HITS
REC
CAU
TFL
PBU
INT
Fr. 2000
17
14
31
0
0
0
2
1
So. 2001
55
16
71
0
0
0
7
4
Jr. 2002
44
16
60
1
2
0
7
5
Sr. 2003
58
13
71
0
0
2
5
1
TOTALS
174
59
233
1
2
2
22
11
PUNT RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr.. 2000
13
56
4.3
0
14-SC
So. 2001
26
237
9.1
0
18-Ark.
Jr. 2002
12
129
10.8
0
18-MT
Sr. 2003
11
122
11.1
0
35-Mar
TOTALS
62
544
8.8
0
35-Mar

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