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Dallas Baker

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 208 | College: Florida
 
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Overview

Playing on a team that has featured playmakers like O.J. Small, Chad Jackson and Andre Caldwell in recent years, Baker is the steady influence in the Gators' receiving unit. The nephew of Former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers All-Pro receiver, Wes Chandler, Baker has been a model of consistency, improving his pass catching skills and production in each of his last four seasons.

Baker was a Super Prep All-American selection at New Smyrna Beach High School in 2000 and ranked among the nation's top 30 receivers, according to that recruiting service. He added Prep Football Report All-American honors and was named Central Florida's Player of the Year in 2000 after catching 68 passes for 1,140 yards (16.8 avg) and 16 touchdowns. He was also chosen first-team Class All-State.

Dallas originally signed with Florida in February 2001, but did not enroll and attended Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Massachusetts in 2001 to improve his academics. He came up with 32 catches for 916 yards (28.6 avg) and 13 touchdowns that year.

Baker enrolled at Florida in 2002, spending the season on the scout team. The redshirt freshman appeared in 13 games for the Gators in 2003, catching 13 passes for 209 yards (16.1 avg), including a touchdown. He also excelled on the kickoff coverage unit, recording seven solo tackles.

Baker became part of the Gators' receiving rotation in 2004, finishing fifth on the team with 26 catches for 410 yards (15.8 avg) and five touchdowns while starting three of 12 games. He again performed well on the kickoff coverage team, registering six tackles (5 solos).

Baker started 11 of 12 games as a junior, ranking second on the team with 52 catches for 697 yards (13.4 avg) and five touchdowns. In 2006, he led the team with an average of 65.71 receiving yards and 4.29 receptions per game.

In 59 games for Florida, Baker caught 151 passes for 2,236 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Analysis

Positives: Shows adequate muscle definition and a long frame that could carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk … Shows good initial quickness and above average balance throughout his route progression … Has the long arms and reach agility to extend and catch the ball at its high point … Has better acceleration than his top speed indicates … Minimal rep type who shows good field vision and awareness … Mature and vocal leader who competes until the whistle … Has the short-area explosion to get into his route and enough moves to elude … Uses his size and long arms effectively to beat the jam, demonstrating enough strength to bump at the line of scrimmage … Very smooth in his running stride, showing the plant-and-drive agility to get in and out of his cuts … Has the body control and functional quickness to get to his break point … Keeps his pad level down and can drop his weight to settle into the soft areas … Conscious of the sticks and adjusts his body well to avoid the defender when working through a crowd … Best when used on short and controlled routes, where his lateral agility lets him bounce off the second level defender … Plays with good energy and is generally in control throughout the patterns … Has natural hands and good leaping ability to time his jumps and compete for the high tosses along the sidelines … Does a good job of adjusting his body to the ball in flight … Compensates for a lack of timed speed with his leaping ability and sure hands to get to the off-target throws … Looks very comfortable catching the ball over his outside shoulder … Has good leg strength to break the initial tackle … Relies on crisp change of direction agility to avoid after the catch … Has the functional strength to pester second-level defenders when blocking in the open field … Has a very impressive arm length to get to the high throws (35 7/8-inches).

Negatives: Has functional strength, but needs to add more bulk to his frame since he is generally ineffective as an in-line blocker, getting pushed back into the pocket or rush lane when working along the line of scrimmage … Bit high cut and a long strider, preventing him from generating a second gear or up field explosion needed to separate (better in the short area) … Built more in the lines of a track sprinter (small bubble, marginal lower body muscle tone) … Minimal rep type, but did struggle with academics earlier in his career (Prop 48, 11/18 Wonderlic score) … His long legs prevent him from building to top speed in a hurry … Has some looseness in his hips, but not enough to consistently ride up on the defender and elude … Will sit down in coverage and adjust to the action, but seems to lose his concentration and be hesitant to go after the passes in a crowd (questionable courage) … Does not have the quickness to challenge the deep secondary and stretch the field … Has natural hands to reach and extend, but will short arm and body catch when he has to go after the ball over the middle (hears the defenders' feet) … Needs to assert himself in traffic, as he doesn't care to go after the tough passes … Shows good maturity now, but did have one off-field incident earlier in his career (took a bicycle without permission, but no charges were filed after he returned it) … Older prospect who will turn 25 during the 2007 season.

Compares To: JUSTIN McCAREINS-New York Jets-Both are known for making acrobatic catches and they possess natural hands. However, Baker's speed is lacking and he needs to add more bulk to his frame. Like McCareins, he is hesitant to go after the ball over the middle and would much rather leap for the pass than combat for it.

Career Notes

Baker ranks fourth in school history with 151 receptions, topped only by Carlos Alvarez (172, 1969-71), Willie Jackson (162, 1990-93) and Errict Rhett (153, 1990-93) … Gained 2,236 yards receiving, ranking behind Carlos Alvarez (2,563), Jabar Gaffney (2,375), Reidel Anthony (2,274, 1994-96) and Jack Jackson (2,266) … His 21 touchdown catches place him ninth on the school's career record list, surpassed by Chris Doering (31), Ike Hilliard (29), Jack Jackson (29), Jabar Gaffney (27), Reidel Anthony (26), Willie Jackson (24), Jacquez Green (23), and Wes Chandler (22, 1974-77).

2006 Season

All-Southeastern Conference second-team preseason selection by the league's media …

Started eight of nine games at split end … Ranks tied for fourth in touchdown catches (seven), fifth in receiving yards per game (81.2), tied for sixth in catches (44) and is eleventh in all-purpose yards (731) among SEC players … Leads the team with 44 catches for 731 yards (16.6 avg) and seven touchdowns … Also recorded one solo tackle … Gained over 100 yards receiving vs. Southern Mississippi, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

2006 Game Analysis

Southern Mississippi … Baker opened the season in fine fashion, hauling in nine passes for 123 yards and a 21-yard touchdown on a screen pass from QB Chris Leak that capped an 8-play, 87-yard drive in the first quarter … He also had a 29-yarder to set up another scoring drive in a 34-7 victory … Head to Head Competition-CB#14-Caleb Hendrix-Seven solo tackles, one sack for minus 10 yards, two stops for losses of 13 yards.

Central Florida … Followed with 81 yards and a touchdown, as three of his four receptions

Produced first downs in a 42-0 shutout … Had a 33-yarder on a third quarter scoring drive and snatched a 10-yard pass for a touchdown to complete a 6-play, 70-yard drive in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#19-Joe Burnett-Ten tackles (9 solos).

Tennessee … Came up with four grabs for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Gators to a 21-20 decision … Beat cornerback Jonathan Wade to grab a 4-yard scoring lob from Chris Leak in the third quarter and then sealed the contest when he eluded Wade and broke free to snare a game-winning 21-yard scoring strike from Leak that ended a 65-yard, 8-play drive with 6:30 left to play … Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Jonathan Wade-Five tackles (4 solos), two pass deflections, one interception for a 20-yard return.

Kentucky … Baker registered a career-high 148 yards on seven catches in a 26-7 triumph … Four of his grabs were for longer than 20 yards (29, 21, 30 & 32) … Head to Head Competition-CB#32-Trevard Lindley-Three solo tackles.

Alabama … Dallas was limited to three catches for 42 yards, but made a leaping grab for a 21-yard scoring strike from Chris Leak in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#16-Lionel Mitchell-Four tackles (3 solos).

Louisiana State … Baker managed 46 yards on four receptions in a 23-10 win … Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Chevis Jackson-Four solo tackles, one interception, one pass deflection.

Auburn … The Gators split end made another four catches, gaining 62 yards … He came up with a 15-yard touchdown catch to end an 8-play, 69-yard drive in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#24-Jonathan Wilhite-Three tackles (2 solos).

Georgia … Was held to 40 yards on two catches, but his 27-yarder led to a score in a 21-14 decision … Head to Head Competition-CB#11-Ramarcus Brown-Four tackles (3 solos), one pass deflection.

Vanderbilt … Baker produced the sixth 100-yard performance of his career, as he totaled 135 yards with a touchdown on seven receptions in a 25-19 victory … Four of his catches were for longer than 20 yards (27, 23, 26 & 29) … He also recorded a solo tackle … Head to Head Competition-CB#16-D.J. Moore-Four tackles (2 solos), one pass deflection.

2005 Season

Baker started eleven of twelve games at split end, ranking second on the team with 52 receptions for 697 yards (13.4 avg) and five touchdowns … He gained over 100 yards receiving in the Alabama, Mississippi State and Iowa (Outback Bowl) clashes … His 58.1 yards per game average ranked seventh on the SEC charts … Was named the Most Valuable Player at the Outback Bowl … Had nine catches for 20 yards or longer.

2005 Game Analysis

Had three receptions for 38 yards vs. Florida State, including a 15-yard touchdown pass from Chris Leak in the fourth quarter that gave the Gators a 27-0 cushion … Caught two passes for 20 yards at South Carolina coming off the bench. Baker had started nine-straight games entering the contest … Had one reception for 12 yards in the win over Vanderbilt before leaving the game with a fractured rib … Totaled 49 yards on five catches in the win over Georgia, with a long of 20 yards. Baker's first three catches and four of his five were for first downs … Had three receptions for 31 yards at Louisiana State, with a long of 12 yards … Caught seven passes for 123 yards vs. Mississippi State, both were previous career-bests. He had a 15-yard scoring toss from Chris Leak and a 42-yard reception in that game … Was a bright spot for Florida at Alabama, with six receptions and 119 yards receiving. His 42-yard grab set up UF's only score, a field goal in the second quarter … The reception matched the longest of his career at that time … Snared his first touchdown catch of the campaign with a 16-yard pass from Leak in the second quarter at Kentucky, making two receptions for 19 yards at UK … Caught three passes for 32 yards vs. Tennessee, high-lighted by a 23-yard grab on third-&-19 from Chris Leak in the fourth quarter … Had five receptions vs. Louisiana Tech, good for 63 yards, as he snagged a 28-yard pass from Chris Leak, the second-longest in the game behind Chad Jackson's 80-yard touchdown grab … Had five catches for 44 yards vs. Wyoming and also appeared on special teams …

Named Offensive MVP after he hauled in a career-high 10 passes for 147 yards and touchdowns of 24 & 38 yards vs. Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

2004 Season

The team's third receiver, Dallas earned starting assignments vs. Mississippi State, Georgia and Florida State while appearing in twelve games … He finished fifth on the team with 26 receptions for 410 yards (15.8 avg) and five touchdowns … Dallas also excelled on the kickoff coverage unit, recording six tackles (5 solos) … Eight of his catches were for 20 yards or longer.

2004 Game Analysis

During the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan, he made a 27-yard acrobatic catch in his first career start after a weather delay to set up a touchdown, finishing with 34 yards and a 7-yard score … Caught season-long pass of 41 yards in the Middle Tennessee State clash, totaling 45 yards on two grabs … Scored two touchdowns vs. Arkansas and also had six receptions for 89 yards … Eclipsed his season totals in catches from 2003 in just four games … Snared three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown vs. Vanderbilt … Added 70 yards and a score on a pair of grabs vs. South Carolina.

2003 Season

Played in thirteen games as a reserve receiver, participating in 292 plays … Caught thirteen passes for 209 yards (16.1 avg) and a touchdown … Also competed on the kickoff coverage unit, delivering seven solo tackles … Eight of his receptions were good for first downs.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his collegiate debut with 31 yards on two catches vs. San Jose State … Followed with two grabs for 39 yards vs. Miami … Totaled a season-high 56 yards on a pair of receptions vs. Georgia, including a 42-yarder that set up a Florida field goal … Scored his first career touchdown with a 25-yard reception in the Outback Bowl vs. Iowa, finishing with three catches for 36 yards.

OFF-FIELD INCIDENT

Allegedly stole a bicycle in 2002, but no formal charges were filed after he returned the item.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a fractured rib in the Vanderbilt game (11/05), but did not sit out any contests.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 14 times … 320-pound bench press … 420-pound squat … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 10'6" broad jump … 3.97 20-yard shuttle … 35 7/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 11/18 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Gerald Odom … Super Prep All-American selection in 2000 and ranked among the nation's top 30 receivers, according to that recruiting service … Added Prep Football Report All-American honors and was named Central Florida's Player of the Year in 2000 after catching 68 passes for 1,140 yards (16.8 avg) and 16 touchdowns … Was also chosen first-team Class All-State … Originally signed with Florida in February 2001, but did not enroll and attended Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Massachusetts in 2001 to improve his academics … Produced 32 catches for 916 yards (28.6 avg) and 13 touchdowns that year.

Personal

Recreation Programming major … Son of Lolita and Herbert McGrew … Uncle, Wes Chandler, was an standout receiver at the University of Florida (1974-77) and was the third overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He also played for the San Diego Chargers … Born 11/10/82 … Resides in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

 
 

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