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The Impact of Dorian Baker’s Ankle Injury

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Mark Stoops announced after today’s scrimmage that Dorian Baker suffered a significant ankle injury, the second senior injured on the Kroger Field Turf in two weeks.  The severity is currently unknown, but if Baker cannot perform for an extended amount of time, what’s next for UK’s wide receivers?

Tavin Richardson

The redshirt sophomore wide receiver was listed as UK’s starter at the “X” outside receiver in the first depth chart of the 2017 season.  He has since moved to the “Z” position and was splitting reps with Baker and the first string leading into today.

Richardson showed promise in his first career game, hauling in 2 receptions for 74 yards against Southern Miss.  After a season of experience, Richardson said yesterday he feels, “like a veteran,” and is prepared to make the jump from year one to year two.

Kayaune Ross

Dorian Baker’s (potential) loss leaves UK without their largest target on the outside.  Insert Kayaune Ross.  Playing opposite of Baker, the junior college transfer is one of the hardest workers on the team, and one of the tallest at 6’6″ 225 pounds.  If Baker cannot be utilized in situations where they need a big guy, they still have Big Ross.


Josh Ali, Isaiah Epps, Clevan Thomas and Lynn Bowden have impressed coaches as soon as they stepped on campus.  They’ve done it in the weight room, on the practice field and in scrimmages, including today’s.  Stoops said there’s room for all four freshmen to play right away.

“I think we’re going to. I do,” Stoops said today.  “I feel like they’re really good players.  They’re just ball players.  They can probably help us on special teams and bring them along.  As you know, we lose a pretty good group after this year.”

Ali will now be the second team “Z” behind Tavin Richardson.  JaVonte Richardson is another player that could potentially play his way onto the field this fall at outside receiver.

A Silver Lining

Just like UK’s loss at left tackle, if there’s a position that can absorb an injury, it’s wide receiver.  There’s a ton of young, yet unproven talent prepared to play right away.

Losing a leader like Dorian is difficult for a meeting room to handle, but ankle injuries leave room for optimism.  They can be nagging and last an entire season, or they can go away after a few weeks of rest and rehab.  We’ll find out next week how long the Cats will be without Dorian Baker.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for The Impact of Dorian Baker’s Ankle Injury

  1. Ukato80
    3:46 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe Hal Mumme was on to something with no contact practices?

  2. chris43
    3:59 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

    When don’t lose much from the previous years and things were looking promising for this season. Now come the injuries. UK football….swear almost feels like we’re snake bit. I’m not sure about now but with the talent and schedule this should have been quite possibly an 8-9 win season.

    • ArmyCatFan
      5:55 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

      You’re giving up too easily. Losing Baker hurts because of his physicality in the run game, however his hands have been inconsistent at best. You’re also quick to forget we won seven games without having him in the line up for the majority of the year last year. We just need to find which of the young wideouts are going to bring the blocking piece to their game consistently now. We’ll be fine.

    • UoKFB PHAN
      6:45 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

      I’m going to probably get trashed for this one… but I don’t think Baker has really lived up to the hype. Yes, he has made some crucial catches and he might have been a good run blocker but I’m with Army Cat Fan… his hands have been inconsistent. I read an article on his 2016 production that said he caught less than 40% of the passes thrown to him.

    • maximumscott
      7:06 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

      D.baker last season caught less passes than his previous 2 seasons. He has also dropped more critica balls than any other receiver except maybe Badet.

  3. chris43
    4:00 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink


  4. 8xchamp
    11:45 pm August 19, 2017 Permalink

    Hope he heals well, that being said next man up. No excuses

  5. jrdh13
    12:28 am August 20, 2017 Permalink

    Dorian was a big piece with losing badet. Hopefully Bowden is the real deal.

  6. Luether
    1:09 am August 20, 2017 Permalink

    This will hurt…

  7. JB95Jeep
    1:32 pm August 20, 2017 Permalink


  8. huntcalvert
    9:24 pm August 20, 2017 Permalink

    Poor Dorian. Hope he gets better quickly.