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Size, strength, quickness and mobility consistently complimented a development rate which culminated with a starting and leadership role at the tackle position during senior campaign ... Enjoyed a rapid progression and adjustment to collegiate game after gaining eligibility status in the summer of 2008 and responded by contributing a top-tier special teams performance as a sophomore and junior before earning full-time status on the offensive unit.2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Played in all 12 games as a senior and earned nine (9) starts ... Opened season as Grant Harner's backup at the right tackle slot before earning first collegiate start against North Carolina because of (Harner's) injury ... Impressive effort against Tar Heels forced coaches to find permanent role, thus was moved to left tackle where he opened the eight remaining contests ... Provided pass protection for quarterback Dominique Davis' program-record 417 yards against North Carolina, which helped facilitate promotion ... Also played key role in allowing Davis to set NCAA records for consecutive completions in a game (26/Navy) and season (36/Memphis and Navy), which enabled a single-game school-record 88.9 completion percentage against the Midshipmen ... Cited for standout play at Memphis, a contest in which the Pirates averaged 7.0 yards per play and 12.2 yards per completion on the way to a 524-yard outing ... Rush blocking execution helped ECU tally 12 ground touchdowns in the last seven games ... Despite starting position, continued to contribute on special teams units ... Credited with one solo tackle (at Houston). 2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Spent year challenging Grant Harner for starting honors at right tackle ... Did not see time on the offensive line, but was a member of the field goal and PAT teams for every contest ... Experienced action in all 13 games ... Blocked for Michael Barbour's record-setting 56 points after touchdowns and 104-point season. 2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Played in 13 of 14 games as a sophomore ... Opened campaign by experiencing action on solely the special teams squad in first five games before participating in a season-high 20 snaps vs. Rice Oct. 17 ... In all, was on the offensive line at the tackle slot for 39 plays in four contests (Rice, Memphis, UAB and Houston in the C-USA Championship Game) ... Was not credited with a knockdown block. 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Experienced action in four games as a reserve lineman at the tackle position ... Played vs. Memphis, Southern Miss, UAB and UTEP ... Logged 70 plays from scrimmage and was credited with three knockdown blocks ... Officially opened collegiate career with participation in three snaps vs. Memphis ... Posted first knockdown against UAB before adding a personal-best two knockdowns vs. UTEP ... Also played in a career-high 39 plays vs. Miners.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with East Carolina in February.
High School: A three-year starter on the defensive line for the Knights ... A two-way starter as a senior, experiencing action as the program's top tight end on the offensive side of the ball ... Selected to the all-area squad (second-team) as a defensive standout in 2006 ... Helped lead Northern Nash to a playoff appearance during junior campaign ... Promoted to varsity squad during Knights' playoff run as a freshman ... Coach was Richard Bunch ... A three-year starter at center for NNHS's basketball program who had a double-figure scoring average as a junior and senior ... Also earned three track and field letters as a discus and shot put thrower ... Finished fourth in the state shot put championships as a junior ... Overall, recorded the third-longest throw in the state at 48-10 in 2005.
Personal: Full name is Steven Anthony Baker ... Born November 24, 1988 at Tarboro, N.C. ... Parents are Rene' Baker and LaMonte Blue ... A family community services major ... Lists fishing and bowling as hobbies of choice.