LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky senior receiver Dorian Baker will be out for a “significant time” and possibly the entire 2017 season with a fracture-dislocation in his left ankle, the team announced Monday.
Baker is scheduled for surgery Tuesday. Dr. Darren Johnson at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center will perform the surgery.
“We’re very disappointed for Dorian, as he had a good offseason and was helping lead our receivers during preseason camp,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in a statement. “However, we are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his eventual return to the field.”
Baker sustained the injury in a scrimmage Saturday. Stoops expressed concern after the scrimmage, saying the injury was “fairly substantial.”
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.
Baker has played in 32 career games with 88 catches for 1,015 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3 receiver could apply for a medical redshirt in hopes of returning for a fifth season. Junior Kayaune Ross is listed behind Baker at the “Z” wide receiver slot on Kentucky’s preseason depth chart.
Baker’s injury came a week after Kentucky lost left tackle Cole Mosier for the season due to a torn ACL. Baker and Mosier were both expected to start as seniors, and both injuries came in scrimmages.
Kentucky opens the season Sept. 2 at Southern Miss. The Wildcats’ home opener is Sept. 9 against Eastern Kentucky.