Spartan 66 Player Rankings #14

In looking at players on the current roster and players getting ready to enter Michigan State this fall, SpartanDigest.com presents its Spartan 66 Rankings. What is our reason for naming sixty-six Spartans? Michigan State last won a National Championship in 1966. We're now at player #14.

SD Ranking: #14

Edwin Baker

Position: Running Back

Exp: Sophomore

How good of a season would Edwin Baker if he didn't miss the first five games as the Spartans coaching staff looked to redshirt him? From the way Baker played it may have been a monster year as he finished with 427 yards on 85 carries. As part of one of the best one-two punches in the Big Ten, Baker will be pushing for even more carries and could surpass his running back Larry Caper in the process.

Strengths: Has yet to reach his full potential and has a chance to special.

Weakness: Every week player.

Overall: With the Spartans looking for a replacement for Javon Ringer, Edwin Baker looked to be the odd man out when last season opened. But when he was needed the Highland Park (MI) native responded and finished his first season in the program with a big finish rushing for 97 yards on 12 carries in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Much will be expected from Baker this season and when we look back he may be ranked too low.

Why He Made The List: Where to place Baker on the list was one of the harder choices to make because so much is expected out of him this season. We settled at the #14 spot and know he could end up being a player who deserved to be higher ranked. One thing we know for sure is that Michigan State running backs will get their share of carries and from the looks of things Edwin Baker could have an 800-1000 yard rushing year.


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