Brian Baker, Austin Peay’s career passing leader, passes away
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) has learned that Brian Baker, holder of more than a dozen passing records for the Governors football team, passed away July 26th, 2018 at the age of 37.
A Loganville, Georgia native, Baker was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Govs under center, throwing for 5,587 yards and 48 touchdowns during his career. His 40 completions for 438 yards against Virginia-Wise in 1999 remain school records nearly 20 years later, and he’s the only player in school history with five touchdown passes in multiple contests (against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2001 and Campbellsville in 1999).
Former Austin Peay Football quarterback Brian Baker passed away July 26th, 2018. (APSU Sports Information)
His 1999 campaign—2,809 yards passing, 247 completions and 25 touchdowns, all single-season records—earned him All-American honors from Don Hansen’s Weekly Gazette. He also earned all-Pioneer Football League South Division honors as a senior in 2001.
Following his graduation in 2002, Baker played arena football for several seasons, including stops in Cincinnati, Cape Fear, Quad City, Green Bay and Everett in af2.
Baker is survived by his parents, Billy and Tricia Baker; sister, Jennifer Baker Hannah; nephew, Brody Hannah; grandfather, Bill Berry; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Walton Football and Cheerleading Booster Scholarship Fund to give every child an opportunity to enjoy the game he loved. The Brian Baker Scholarship Fund is being set up to celebrate his memory.
Send donations payable to:
P.O. Box 72
Jersey, GA 30018.