By Allison Green, Assistant AD/Communications, Georgia State University
Georgia State safety Bobby Baker was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after his school-record five takeaways in his first game in a Panther uniform.
Baker, a transfer from UAB, grabbed two interceptions and recovered three fumbles in the season opener vs. Charlotte.
The junior from Sherman Oaks, Calif., is the first player in school history to collected more than two turnovers in a game. His three fumble recoveries are a school record, while his two interceptions tie the GSU mark held by two other players.
The Georgia State defense held Charlotte to just one offensive touchdown, forced five turnovers and had five sacks.
Baker, who also had eight tackles, did his best to keep the Panthers in the game, a 23-20 loss, with his five takeaways, two of them stopping Charlotte drives in the red zone.
In the first quarter, he recovered a fumble at the Charlotte 17. Then on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, he grabbed an interception in the end zone and then recovered a fumbled snap at the GSU 14. On Charlotte’s first drive of the third quarter, Baker grabbed his second interception at the Charlotte 34. Finally, he recovered another fumble on a sack at the 49ers 39-yard line.
Baker and the Panthers open Sun Belt Conference play this week with a trip to New Mexico State Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
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