Kentucky football: WR Dorian Baker out for the season, will be back next year

When Kentucky receiver Dorian Baker suffered a fracture-dislocation in his left ankle in late August, it was announced that he would miss “significant time and possibly the entire 2017 season.” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops confirmed Monday night that it would be the latter.

“He’ll be out for this entire season, which is a real shame,” Stoops said on his weekly radio show. “Obviously we could use him. He’s a big-time difference maker. He was going into his senior year, and the bad thing about that for him is you go back and look and he was so solid all offseason, all spring and all summer. He was strong as could be.”

Baker sustained the injury in a preseason scrimmage and had surgery on his ankle the next week.

The good news for Kentucky is that Stoops expects Baker to use his medical redshirt and return next season.

“Fortunately we have that redshirt year available to us,” Stoops said. “He’ll use that and be back next year.”

The senior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, caught 14 passes for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. A hamstring injury held him out of three games. Baker’s most successful campaign came in his sophomore season when he led the Wildcats with 55 catches and was second on the team with 608 receiving yards.

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