LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is expecting to have one of its most productive playmakers back this week.
Wildcats WR Dorian Baker is expected to be back at “full strength” for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, coach Mark Stoops said at his Monday press conference.
The junior has dealt with a nagging hamstring injury that’s kept him out of all but one game and without a catch this season. Baker’s absence has left a hole in the receiving corps after leading the team with 55 catches as a sophomore. His 608 yards were second on the team.
“He’s been very close, just wasn’t able to practice all week last week and get the reps but I think he should be out there 100 percent ready to go today,” Stoops said.
The coach said last Wednesday that Baker was day-to-day and “getting closer.”
Baker had been listed first on the depth chart at one receiving spot but Monday’s updated depth chart has redshirt freshman Tavin Richardson listed ahead of Baker. Asked if that was a result of Richardson’s recent play or Baker’s injury, Stoops said, “a little of both.”
Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.