Baker Makes Quick Turnaround

Ryan Baker talks about his injury during fall camp and the quick start from the LSU defense.

 

Eating meals with a wired jaw…

“It was horrible. My first meal was a shrimp etouffee, and it was chopped up. It was disgusting … I drank it through a straw. I won’t drink (a milkshake) for a good minute.”

Having the wires taken out during game week…

“They came out Tuesday, and I practiced Monday with them.”

His first meal…

“South of Philly (cheese steaks). Mushroom steak.”

Playing four days after the wires came out…

“I told myself that I was going to try and make it through the game, to ignore the pain and come out and try to play. My guys wanted me to play, and I am here to play. I came out and tried to put my best foot forward.”

Feeling the pain…

“It wasn’t anything noticeable. I just tried to come in and ignore the pain as much as possible.”

How he graded himself out…

“I played okay. I want to play better than I did. There is always room for improvement.”

Broken jaw means dropping weight…

“All together I lost 13 to 15 pounds. I probably put around 10 (pounds) on.”

Weight goals…

“(Currently) 226 pounds and play in the 230 range.”

The first start of his career…

“I had to shake off some dust. It wasn’t too different from the practices. Coach Miles puts us in a great position to make plays.”

His mental state when the camp injury occurred…

“I was feeling real good. My body was feeling real good. I took great leaps in the summer to get my mental preparation together. So I took (the injury). It was kind of hard at first because I thought I might be out four or five weeks of the season. They told me to keep my weight up and I would be back soon.”

The other end of the contact that led to the broken jaw…

“It was little (Travis) Dickson. He apologized as soon as it happened. We were just competing and it was an awkward position that I had my head in.”

Watching UNC not as fun as playing against Vanderbilt…

“It was rough. I wanted to get out there so bad. I was screaming at the T.V. Me and my dad were having a good time.”

The advice from senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard…

“He told me to slow down and let it happen. I am the type of player that likes to go get what I want. With (defensive coordinator) coach (John) Chavis’ defense, you have to slow down and just let things happen in front of you and make the plays when they come to you.”

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