Jeff Baca NFL bio

Find out all about the Vikings' sixth-round draft pick, guard Jeff Baca.

Offensive Guard/Center
University of California, Los Angeles Bruins
Mission Viejo, California
Mission Viejo High School


Baca grew up going to UCLA football games with his late father, so it wasn't a surprise when he chose to play for the Bruins as an all-state left tackle coming out of high school. Despite missing the 2010 season due to academic difficulties, he managed to register 45 career starts, with 25 of those contests coming at offensive guard (thirteen on the left side in 2009 and twelve at right guard in 2012).

Baca's other twenty starts were as an offensive tackle – nineteen on the left side during his sophomore and junior seasons, and one at right tackle as a senior. He will more than likely perform as an offensive guard in the National Football League.

Baca grew up in Mission Viejo, California, and once arriving on campus after a successful Mission Viejo High School career, he made an immediate impact. Unfortunately, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for the 2010 season because, as head coach Rick Neuheisel said "he got over his skis" in some of the classes he took the previous spring.

The lineman then fractured his left ankle in 2011 spring practice. But instead of getting down, he played as veraciously as ever for the Bruins in his junior season, earning the respect of NFL scouts. An all-state pick at left tackle his senior year in high school, Baca stepped in for eight starts at that position in his true freshman year.

The versatile blocker moved inside to left guard for all 13 contests in 2009, and then red-shirted the 2010 season due to the aforementioned academic issues. After missing the opener in 2011 coming back from that spring ankle injury, he stepped into the weak side tackle spot (the team moved linemen from one side of the line to the other, depending on the play call) for 11 games before playing strong-side guard due to injuries on the line.

In 2012, as a senior for the Bruins, Baca registered twelve starts, eleven at right guard, and one at right tackle. He was named to the second-team All-Pac 12 Conference by the league's coaches. He concluded his college career by playing in the 2013 East-West Game before attending the NFL Scouting Combine in February. At the Combine, a left pectoral muscle injury prevented him from participating in the weight drills.

Earned the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Offense at the team's annual awards banquet in 2012…Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011…Winner of UCLA's Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence in 2008.

Baca started all twelve games in which he saw action, missing the Houston and Oregon State clashes due to a head injury…Made eleven starts at right offensive guard and one at tackle...Saw action at center in the Holiday Bow vs. Baylor...Named second-team All-Pac 12 Conference by the league coaches and by Phil Steele...The senior earned the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Offense at the team's annual awards banquet…Selected to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

Baca fractured his left ankle on the second day of spring drills and required surgery... The junior returned to the field for the first time since 2009 in game two of the season with a start vs. San Jose State at tackle...Started at tackle for the next eleven contests before sliding to guard against Illinois in the bowl game due to the team's injury situation.

Did not see game action due to NCAA eligibility issues.

Started all thirteen games at left guard...Played virtually every snap in each contest, including over 60 plays in ten of his appearances…Also participated on special teams... Saw some action at right guard in the California clash.

Appeared in nine games with eight starts at left tackle...Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team...Winner of UCLA's Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence...Made his debut vs. Arizona (game three), playing the entire second half at left tackle...Started and played the full game vs. Fresno State, becoming the first true freshman to start on the line since Shannon Tevaga in 2004...Also played the entire game vs. Washington State, Oregon and Stanford...Missed the California contest with a strained hamstring...Returned to the starting lineup vs. Oregon State and also started vs. Washington, Arizona State and Southern California.

2012 Season…Sat out the Houston and Oregon State games due to lingering issues from a head injury (concussion) that he suffered during fall camp.
2011 Season…Baca fractured his left ankle in spring camp on March 31, undergoing surgery. The injury forced him to sit out the season opener vs. Houston.
2008 Season…Missed the California contest with a hamstring pull.

4.98 in the 40-yard dash…1.69 10-yard dash…2.85 20-yard dash…4.44 20-yard shuttle…
7.26 three-cone drill…26 ½-inch vertical jump…8'4" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times…34 ¼-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands…80 3/8-inch wingspan.

Baca attended Mission Viejo (Cal.) High School, lettering three seasons under head coach Bob Johnson...Played left tackle...Earned three stars from both and and was rated the 25th-best offensive guard nationally by Rivals…Named third-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports and to the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division team...Selected first-team all-league as a senior and was a second-team all-league pick and honorable mention all-state selection as a junior...Also lettered in track and field (shot put) in 2007-08 for coach Mike Hoffman...Placed fourth in the 2008 CIF-SS Divisional Finals in the shot put (55-5)...Advanced to the CIF State Championship track meet in the shot as a senior and finished eighth (56-8.6).

Political Science major…Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011...Was offered a scholarship after a UCLA football camp and committed that day...It was his childhood dream to attend UCLA; he went to many games with his father as a child…Son of Arlene and Jim Baca…Father passed away from stroke at the age of 46…Born Jeffery James Baca on 1/10/90 in Laguna Hills, California…Resides in Mission Viejo, California.

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