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Baker breaks out in Red vs. White game

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After drafting teams on Monday and putting steak and seafood on the line, the White team defeated the Red team, 45-13, in WKU’s annual Red vs. White Spring Game, the first under head coach Mike Sanford.

“There was great production from both sides of the ball,” Sanford said. “Without question, we saw a lot of the same stuff that we’ve seen through the course of camp. I thought the defense, overall, outside of missing a couple fits in the run game – and Quinton Baker was being absolutely freakish as a running back – I thought didn’t allow a ton of explosive plays until later in the game.”

Speaking of Baker, the rising sophomore from Ashland, Ky., stole the show as he combined for three big touchdown runs of 38, 47, and 74 yards to cap a monster day on the ground. Through the air, the Hilltoppers saw big plays from their wide receivers as Quin Jernighan, Xavier Lane and Kylen Towner all had gains of 20 yards or more while the newest recipient of a full scholarship, tight end Deon Yelder, also got involved in the explosive play action.

While the draft on Monday resulted in starters in all position groups spread out across both teams, Sanford said he was impressed with the way his team handled that change and still managed to compete at a high level.

“I was really impressed with the way the guys competed, and they really bought into the idea of dividing into teams. There was tremendous juice and energy going into this spring game,” Sanford added.

Rising senior quarterback Mike White had a steady day under center on the Red squad, repeatedly finding Jernighan for big plays down the field while also stringing together seven consecutive completions before wrapping up his day in the first half.

“It was a very productive 15 practices,” White said. “We got to learn this offense, gel as a new offense, and we got to learn the coaches as well. Overall, it was a very productive spring, but it doesn’t stop here. We still have offseason workouts in the summer, and player-led practices and all that good stuff.”

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