This is what makes Baker different from most first-time starters and why his coaches and teammates are expecting big things when he steps under center. Though his experience is limited to 12 games, Baker expects to succeed.
Heels QB Baker gets to play (real) game
You won't find Matt Baker's name on any list of preseason favorites for college football's top awards.
North Carolina's starting quarterback isn't even considered a fringe candidate for the Heisman, O'Brien or Unitas awards. But all that matters to the senior is that he's finally listed atop the depth chart for the Tar Heels.
Baker thankful to be UNC's starting quarterback
Matt Baker sauntered into the Regency Ballroom on Sunday afternoon flashing an eager, yet chilled-out grin.
UNC counting on Baker
"Cameron is going to be a great football player, mark my word," said Baker. "He's working hard to get back from that injury. Over the last couple of weeks he's taken the boot off and he's walking around on it. I think he's aiming to be back by the beginning of camp. I think he's going to challenge for the No. 2 spot. He's going to have a long career quarterbacking North Carolina."
Baker impressed by Sexton
North Carolina linebacker Tommy Richardson wasn't the only ACC player unsure of the divisional breakdown in football for the new, 12-team league.
New ACC football divisions cause confusion
After being told to split into the ACC divisions -- Atlantic and Coastal -- the players merely stopped and stared at each other.
"None of us really knew," North Carolina quarterback Matt Baker said.
Divisions unfamiliar to ACC
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"Anybody can see we beat Miami last year, and we missed putting Virginia Tech into overtime by that much - a sack and then about a yard," Baker said. "I mean, we can beat anyone. We don't have the most talented team on the field - I'll be the first one to admit that - but I guarantee you no one has worked harder this summer than we have. I think if things come together, we could win a lot of games and surprise people."
Who's Who? ACC players have trouble with divisions