Baker To Lead Knights
As school has started and the first football game of the year is only two weeks away, Jordan Baker, returns to run the Silver Knights offense for the third straight year.
Head coach Ryan Walton is expecting big things from the 6′, 175 pound senior. Baker earned the starting nod at quarterback his sophmore year and has led the charge ever since putting up some big numbers along the way. Walton said a lot of what we do will depend on how “Bake” responds in pressure situations.
“He is a veteran, and we expect him to handle pressure well and make some big plays when things break down, that’s what good quarterbacks do,” he stated.
Baker is a gifted athlete who excells in everything he does, including the classroom where he carries a 3.2 grade point average and has an excellent attendance record. He said his personal goal this year is to improve in all facets of his game but to also get his teammates more involved because it takes a team to make a winner.
Baker is the type of player who brings excitement to the field as he can take a broken play and turn it into something positive.
“We have some veteran players coming back and our running backs are as good as anyone around, that takes a lot of pressure off of me as the quarterback and should open up our offense,” Baker said.
Last year, Baker’s numbers were huge as he was a 1000 yard rusher, passed for over 900 yards and combined for over 25 touch downs’s. Look for more of the same this year as he knows the system better and has spent time in the weight room and out on the track.
Walton said Baker is a leader who follows the rules, does everything you ask of him and works well with the younger players.
“We expect him to make some big plays for us, not only at quarterback but returning punts and kickoffs as well, he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. We have 45 kids out and they need leadership, we put our trust in Baker to be one of those leaders,” said Walton.
Baker said he would love to make the playoff.
“That is definitely one of our goals, we want to have a wining season and win our conferences as well. We have a lot of confidence in our coaches and we will follow the game plan and give it our best shot,” he said. “There is a lot of excitement in the air as the season is here and we want to bring excitement to our school and our fans.”
Baseball has also been a big part of his high school sports career as he has been a regular for three years and has starred as a pitcher as well as shortstop. He has lettered all three years in baseball and football. As a sophmore baseball player he was named first team All- OVAC and was first team All-Valley and All-OVAC last year in football. He also was second in the state last year in stolen bases in baseball. Baker said he has been fortunate to have great coaches in Coach Walton, Coach Jones, Coach Haggerty and Coach West. He also said he has had tremendous support from his family and is grateful for all they have done to make him the person he is today.
Baker would like to enter college after he graduates and study sports medicine. If the opportunity presents itself he would like to continue his sports career as well.