Junior DeShawn Baker continues to improve in his bid to earn playing time in the wide receiver rotation. A noted hard worker on the field and in the weight room, Baker grabbed two balls in the 2014 Blue-White game, leading the White squad in receiving. With the top two wide receivers moving on from the program following last season, there is a significant opportunity for the young receivers to step into bigger roles this fall. Baker, who redshirted in 2011, is looking to make his Nittany Lion debut. He owned a 3.53 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester.
Baker is among 15 returning Nittany Lions from Eastern Pennsylvania.
Baker lettered in football, basketball and track and field at the William Penn Charter School. Playing wide receiver and cornerback for coach Jeff Humble, Baker scored six touchdowns as a senior, with three scores during his junior campaign. He was an all-conference performer in track and field. Baker was an Honor Roll student and earned the bronze medal placement on the National Spanish Exam.
Full name is Deshawn Baker. He is the son of Rodney Dumas and Danielle Hollis-Dumas, and has two sisters, Alyssa and Latoya, and a brother, Rodney. He enjoys music, poetry, movies and playing video games. He is a kinesiology major and plans to pursue a career as a chiropractor or a physician assistant. He owned a 3.49 cumulative grade-point average through the 2014 spring semester. Born September 16, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa.