ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit calls out Deandre Baker over Sugar Bowl decision
It seems that ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is not a fan of Georgia defensive back Deandre Baker sticking around the Georgia team, despite sitting out of the Sugar Bowl.
After initially saying he would play in Georgia’s bowl game, Baker reversed course and made the decision to skip Georgia’s bowl game against Texas in the Sugar Bowl.
On ESPN’s College GameDay, Herbstreit really questioned why Baker was still with the team, as the Georgia defensive back did make the trip with the team to New Orleans.
“If you’re not going to play, don’t be on the sideline though,” Herbstreit said. “Get the hell out of here. If you’re not here to play, just get on out.”
David Pollack, a Georgia alum, laughed at Herbstreit’s take but also added, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
You can see the full exchange in the clip below.
Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack’s take on Georgia CB Deandre Baker skipping the Sugar Bowl … pic.twitter.com/O7g6LMohJJ
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Baker won the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back. The senior is also widely expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Players skipping bowl games is not uncommon, as LSU’s Greedy Williams also made the decision to sit his team’s bowl game.
When Georgia first arrived in New Orleans, Georgia coach Kirby Smart spoke about everything that led to Baker’s decision.
“He has decided not to play in the game. That was a decision that he came to I don’t know what day it was last week, somewhere around midweek. But he was very honest about it,” Smart said on Thursday. “He was very concerned about it.
“And we at the University of Georgia support him in his decision. That’s the decision that ‑‑ it’s a tough decision, when you look at it. And he was forced to make it. He probably spoke prematurely when he was at the Thorpe Award. I think it was on his mind. But he met with his family about it. It was really important to him that he stay with the team. We support him as a coaching staff to stay around the team, be around the team. He wanted to come on this trip to help those other players, help the other corners. So it was a decision that he had to make.”
Without Baker, Georgia will turn to Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell. Both have starting experience this season, but they will be tested against Texas wide receivers Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson
The Sugar Bowl is set for an 8:45 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will air on ESPN and can also be heard on the radio at WSB Radio 95.5 FM/750 AM.
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