Kendall Baker joins the 2021 Pirates after a productive, steadfast career playing offensive line for the SEC powerhouse University of Georgia Bulldogs. Baker was a member of the Bulldog 2018 team that upset Oklahoma in the ‘19 Rose Bowl, a double overtime victory. Baker’s college success is attributed to his hard work and persistence. His ferociousness and “point of attack” power, on a Bulldog team noted for a robust, tenacious offensive line, made Baker a key member of both the ‘17 and ‘18 squads.
In 2018 Baker played in nine of thirteen games for the “Dawgs. His most notable game, a victory against Kentucky, saw Baker help pave the way for two running backs, D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, finishing the contest with well over 100 yards on the ground apiece, 156 & 115 respectively. Baker demonstrated his versatility as a senior, playing four of the five offensive line positions. He was sidelined with an injury for the season’s second half.
2017 proved to be Baker’s most prolific in college. He earned his first start, a sweet 20-19 victory over Notre Dame in Week 2, and proceeded to start in fourteen games all season. He helped pave the way for two 1,000-plus yard rushers, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. A disappointing loss in the National Championship to rival Alabama ended a fantastic season for Baker and the Bulldogs. In the team’s postseason gala, Baker was recognized for his outstanding play on the offensive line by being presented with the “Up Front” award.
While only playing in two games during the 2016 season, against Ole Miss and Louisiana, this brief stint lit a fire in Baker. He devoted the following summer to training and preparing for his final two years of college football. Baker played in three games during the 2015 season and was a true redshirt freshman in 2014.
It is interesting to note that Baker was recruited out of high school as a quick, strong defensive lineman. His talent and drive made the transition to offense possible. Baker was also awarded the “Bill and Jane Young Football Scholarship” at Georgia and earned his degree in sociology. He is entering his age-25 season with Massachusetts.