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Georgia CB Deandre Baker ruled out with injury

October 1, 2016: Georgia Bulldogs football helmet during the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tennessee Volunteers (34) defeated the Georgia Bulldogs (31) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire)
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Georgia Bulldogs’ cornerback Deanadre Baker has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt with an injured right leg, reports Dawg Nation.

The injury seems to have occurred in recent days. There was no prior word of an injury to Baker before Georgia’s Dawg Walk, where he had a white cast on his right foot. He also fully participated in practice on Wednesday.

Baker, a sophomore out of Miami, Florida, did not play in the first three games for Georgia, but was finally inserted into the game during the Bulldogs’ matchup against Ole Miss. Fellow sophomore Juwuan Briscoe originally occupied the starting role before Baker took control of it.

Baker has recorded 13 tackles and has forced one fumble in his three appearances. His forced fumble saved a touchdown against Tennessee, one of his big claims to holding the starting spot.

“I noticed he was wide open, so I pursued it to the ball like we do every day in practice,” he said after the game against Tennessee. “He was kind of coasting, so I just made a play on the ball.”

The three-star recruit was rated as the 62nd cornerback in the nation and the 82nd prospect in the state of Florida by 247Sports. Briscoe was rated far higher, graded as the 41st corner in the nation and the ninth in Maryland. He has registered 10 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception this season.

Georgia is 4-2 and 2-2 in the SEC this season, but losing Baker may be a noticeable blow to their defense.

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