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Defensive tackle Chris Baker seized the opportunity to gain significant playing time in 2007, starting seven games. He helped limit opponents to just 87.9 rushing yards per game, ranking Penn State No. 7 in the nation in run defense. Equally adept at stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback, Baker's 4.5 sacks were third-highest on the squad and his 8.0 tackles for loss were fifth-best last year. The former Windsor HS all-state selection is a talented and strong presence who should have an impact for the defensive line this year.
2007 Junior Season
Baker played in 11 games, with seven starts, helping limit opponents to just 87.9 rushing yards per game, ranking Penn State No. 7 in the nation in run defense. Baker made 37 tackles, highest among the defensive tackles. His 4.5 sacks (minus-37 yards) were third-highest on the squad and he had 8.0 tackles for loss (fifth-best) and two pass breakups. Baker notched one of Penn State's season-high seven sacks against Florida International and another against Purdue among his four tackles. He recorded a career-high six tackles at Illinois, four stops in the 27-7 win over Iowa and five hits in the critical win at Indiana. In the 31-0 victory at Temple, Baker was dominant, recording 2.5 sacks for a total of 25 yards among his four stops, helping limit the Owls to four yards rushing. Baker was on the field for 463 snaps, led by 66 at Indiana and 64 against Purdue.
2006 Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Baker added depth to the defensive line and saw action in eight games. Baker helped Penn State continue to be one of the nation's top defenses, allowing just 87.5 rushing yards per game. He recorded six tackles (five solo), with two stops against Akron and two solo hits at Notre Dame, as well as solo hits in the Ohio State and Temple games. He was on the field for 69 plays, including 12 in the win over Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.
2005 Freshman Season
Baker emerged as one of Connecticut's top linemen as a senior at Windsor HS. Playing for Coach Mark Welch, he was a starter on offense and defense in his final two seasons. A noted athlete, Baker did not play football his sophomore year in order to concentrate on basketball, but returned to the gridiron for two more highly successful seasons. Baker recorded 80 tackles his senior season, with 10 tackles for losses, including seven sacks. He was a first-team all-state selection by the Hartford Courant and a first-team all-conference pick his last two years.
Full name is Christopher Isaiah Baker. He is enrolled in recreation, park and tourism management. Born October 8, 1987
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