Clemson defensive back to transfer


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Baker had a big interception against South Carolina in 2015
Baker had a big interception against South Carolina in 2015

Clemson defensive back Adrian Baker has decided to transfer, a source told TigerNet Wednesday afternoon.

Baker missed the 2016 season while recovering from a knee injury suffered last spring, but he returned to practice late in the season and was expected to compete for a spot at cornerback this spring. He started three games in 2015, logging 253 snaps, and had 15 tackles and two interceptions in three games.

During the 2015 season, he started and logged 34 snaps in win over Miami and posted three tackles. Baker nabbed his first career interception in the win over Florida State, and he played 42 snaps at South Carolina, with his second career interception. Both interceptions were in the redzone.

During his freshman campaign in 2014, he had one tackle in 46 snaps over four games.

Baker told TigerNet during Clemson’s Fiesta Bowl media day that while he did miss playing, the injury allowed him to be home for the birth of his daughter (who lives in Baker’s home state of Florida) – a moment he wouldn’t want to miss for anything.

“It's been tough to watch. The toughest thing was having to watch every game and not being able to help my teammates, especially after last year with the way we lost to Alabama,” Baker told TigerNet last month. “However, I had a daughter that was born, so if I weren't hurt, I wouldn't have been able to be there for that. I look at it like that sometimes, too.”

The Hallandale (FL) native was next in line to start at cornerback before the injury, and he said knowing he missed out on the opportunity to stake his claim is what hurts the most when he looks back at the entire experience.

“I look forward to that. When I got hurt, the thing that hurt me most was that I felt like I was finally starting to turn as a player and I felt like I was going to have a good year,” Baker said. “Next year, I feel like I'm going to have a good year.”

Baker will graduate from Clemson in May with a degree in English. He can transfer to a FBS school, but will have to choose a school that offers a Masters Degree program not offered at Clemson if he wants to play in 2017. Or, Baker could transfer to a FCS school and play immediately.

Baker said he feels like he’s nearing 100-percent and was excited to get back on the field for spring practice.

“I feel like it's getting stronger every week, honestly. I feel like every week I'm able to do something different that I wasn't able to do the week before, like cutting and stuff like that,” he said. “It's gotten a lot better. I think I'm ready to turn it loose. I'm cleared, but I think by the springtime when I finally get the brace off, I'll be ready to go and compete with some of my teammates and help the team the best way I can.”

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Tiger Woods
spacer You think Terrell definitely avoids a RS now?***
TheSecondComing17®
spacer Too late to pick someone up or do you use
lovingit®
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oneclemson86®
spacer there is nothing to save, he is a senior***
Neal in NC®
spacer Once a Tiger, always a Tiger***
cutigerbob®
spacer Anyone else getting set to transfer?
colberttiger
spacer Congratulations on your upcoming graduation ! Well done !***
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Clawing17
spacer Leaving with a degree and a ring. Best wishes young man
twentytwofifteen
spacer dang with a degree too! Congrats to Adrian and Dabo
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gotigers37
spacer My best assessment
CRobb®
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gotigers37
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CRobb®
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MC92
spacer Who gets his scholarship?
Carlsbad®
spacer That or maybe just give it out to somebody for 1 year.
TigersAndCubs
spacer I believe his last ear of eligibility was 2017?
Carlsbad®
spacer Yep, you are correct. I was thinking he was a RS JR
TigersAndCubs
spacer Bingo. Why would we use it to get a player that wasn't
Tiger5
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CURayRay
spacer I agree with the board about his contributions but
Johnnyupstate
spacer Maybe wewould have still saved it due to the small 2018...
Carlsbad®
spacer Seems like the coaching staff would have seen this coming
Clemson81to85
spacer Seems like the coaching staff would have seen this coming
Clemson81to85
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TedeschiTrucksBand
spacer I don't know that there was anyone we were salivating over
wildblulou®
spacer See we could have signed a big time prospect after the
Clemson81to85
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ClemsonBrad35
spacer he was going to be a senior, we already had his scholly
Neal in NC®
spacer Re: he was going to be a senior, we already had his scholly
TedeschiTrucksBand
spacer we have a scholly for 17 that we can give to a walk-on
Neal in NC®
spacer We already had one saved for the punter this one
Neal in NC®
spacer I'm thinking there might be worthy 2017 recruit out there
Tiger_Fan_007®
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tigerinaiken®
spacer Thanks Prime Time! Will always remember the INT...
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kerigantoo®
spacer Good luck! Go show them what you are made of!***
TennesseeLadyTiger®
spacer Gonna miss him but you have to respect a family man***
InletTiger15®
spacer Good luck wherever you land and to your family. Right
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truetiger1998
spacer He is including in our projected 2018 # already
kgpittm®
spacer I was expecting this to be his year. Shows what I know.***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Agree. Not sure why he would transfer. Makes no sense.***
Tiger_Fan_007®
spacer Blessings to you. Raise your duaghter be an awesome dad.
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levester®
spacer Was really hoping this would be his year
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