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5   Steve Baylark
Steve Baylark

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Apopka, Fla.

High School:
Apopka H.S.

Weight:
225

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
07/28/1983


12/15/2006

NCAA Division I Championship

NCAA Division I Championship: UMass vs. Appalachian State

12/08/2006

UMass 19, Montana 17

UMass defeats Montana 19-17 in the NCAA Semifinals; advance to next Friday's NCAA Championship game.

Signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals on April 29, 2006

2006 Update:
• SPORTS NETWORK SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN.
• PLAYED IN 82ND EAST-WEST SHRINE ALL-STAR GAME.
• ATLANTIC 10 CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
• ATLANTIC 10 FIRST-TEAM TAILBACK, third year in row.
• NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STAR TEAM
• COLLEGE SPORTING NEWS ALL-STAR TEAM.
• DON HANSEN SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
• DON HANSEN ALL-NORTHEAST REGION FIRST TEAM
• ECAC I-AA ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM
• Finished 10th in nation in Walter Payton Award Voting.
• Senior Captain tailback became the third player in Division I-AA history to have four 1,000-yard seasons. He joined Jerry Azumah (New Hampshire, 1995-98) and Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern 1996-99). Six players have done it in Division I-A. A total of five have now done it in I-AA. Baylark accomplished feat with 152 yards at Northeastern on Oct. 28.
• Added to Payton Award Watch List on Nov. 1 as top Offensive Player in Division I-AA Football.
• Named to 2006 Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team after being a member of the 2004 and 2005 Atlantic 10 First Team.
• Awarded Team's Marcel Shipp Ironman Award in 2005 in addition to team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
• Gained 1,177 as a freshman in 2003, 1,138 as a sophomore in 2004, 1,057 as a junior in 2005 and 1,960 as a senior.

• Active career rusher in all of Division I (I-A and I-AA) with 5,332 yards.
• Second all-time in UMass career rushing and second to gain 5,000 career rushing yards with 198 vs. UNH (12/2).
• Became fourth UMass player with 4,000 career rushing yards at Towson (10/14) with 24-yard run in fourth quarter.
• Leads all active players in the nation in career all-purpose plays (1,186). Ranks second among active players in career all-purpose yards (6,098).
• Second all-time at UMass in career rushing yards (5,322) and second in career carries (1,104), also third in career rushing touchdowns (42).
• Has gained more than 100 yards in a game 26 times at UMass and the Minutemen have a 22-4 record in those games, including 10 this year: at Villanova (9/16) with 104 yards; William & Mary (10/7) with 187 yards, at Towson (10/14) with 102 yards; a career-high vs. Rhode Island (10/21) with 235 yards; 152 yards at Northeastern (10/28), 125 yards vs. Hofstra (11/18), 152 yards vs. Lafayette (11/25), 198 yards vs. UNH (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinal, 169 at #2 Montana (12/8) and 133 vs. Appalachian State (12/15).
• In four NCAA Tournament games, averaging 163.0 yards with 652 yards.
• Finished with five 100-yard games in a row, with 155.4 yards per game.
• Had 100-plus yards in four games in a row and five of six from Sept. 16-Oct. 28. Averaged 169.0 yards in four games from Oct. 7-28.
• Had scored a touchdown in 16 of the last 21 games including seven in a row (from Oct. 15, 2005-Sept. 2, 2006) -- 22 rushing and five receiving for 27 total over the last 20 games, overall. Only games without a TD this year were at Navy (9/9), at Northeastern (10/28) and vs. Maine (11/11).
• UMass was 13-1 all-time when he scores two TDs in a game last coming at #2 Montana (12/8).
• Third all-time at UMass in total touchdowns with 47 and third in points with 284.
• Ranked first in the A-10 and eighth in nation, this year with 130.7 yards per game (338 carries for 1,960 yards) for a 5.8 average per carry. His 130.7 per game goes down as sixth-best season in UMass history.
• His 1,960 ranked as the second-best season in UMass history. Marcel Shipp holds top mark (2,542 in 1998).
• His 338 carries is third-best season in UMass history.
• Led UMass in all-purpose yards with 146.5 per game. That ranked first in the A-10 and 13th nationally
• Led A-10 in scoring (7.2 per game) and touchdowns (18).
• His 18 touchdowns tied for sixth-best season at UMass.
• Had 14 career two-TD games, UMass was 13-1 in those games.
• Played 50th game in NCAA Championship to tie UMass record for career games played. Racked up 133 rushing yards against Applachian State (12/15), but did not score a TD. Also had three catches for 24 yards.
• Totaled 245 yards with 169 rushing and career-high 76 receiving at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Semifinal. Scored UMass' only two touchdowns of the game.
• Gained 198 yards, second-most in career against #9 UNH (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinal. Had 152 in first half alone. Scored first TD of the game on a 1-yard run just two plays after a career-long 60-yard rush down right sideline.
• In NCAA First Round vs. Lafayette (11/25) picked up 152 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. It was his 13th 2-TD game at UMass and 23rd career 100-yard game.
• Gained 125 yards on 21 carries vs. Hofstra (11/18) for his sixth 100-yard game this season. • Had season-low 50 yards on 17 carries vs. #19 Maine (11/11).
• Scored two rushing TDs (from 38 and 1 yards) as he carried 20 times for 89 yards at #9 New Hampshire (11/4).
• Went over 1,000 yards in eighth game of the year at Northeastern (10/28) with 152 yards on season-best 33 carries. That put him in elite company as one of three I-AA players with four 1,000-yard seasons.
• Second A-10 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23. Also named UMass Co-Athlete of the Week.
• Ran for career-best 235 yards on 26 carries vs. Rhode Island (10/21). Mark is 10th-best single game in UMass history. Also scored two rushing touchdowns to give him 40 in his career total.
• Went over 4,000-yard mark and 19th career 100-yard game at Towson (10/14) with 102 yards on 22 carries. Also grabbed a 22-yard TD catch from Liam Coen.
• Named A-10 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8.
• Rushed for 187 yards on 22 carries vs. William & Mary (10/7), his third-highest total. Scored two touchdowns in the win, UMass is 9-1 in his two-touchdown games. Had 130 yards in first half including career-long run of 50 yards.
• Had fourth career three-touchdown game vs. Stony Brook (9/23) with a pair of rushing TDs (10, 6 yds) along with 16-yard TD catch. Carried 12 times for 96 yards all in first half.
• First 100-yard game of 2006 came at Villanova (9/16), when he had 23 carries for 104 yards and a 10-yard TD run.
• Matched opening game rushing totals with 21 carries for 84 yards at Navy (9/9), also made a catch for 11 yards.
• Opened 2006 season with eighth-career two-touchdown game. Also ran for 84 yards with a 9-yard TD run and a 6-yard TD reception vs. Colgate (9/2).
• Had five 100-yard games last season including three games in a row from Oct. 22-Nov. 5.
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 46.

On Baylark: 2006 Team Captain ... Senior tailback who is a top candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Division I-AA football ... All-American candidate after being named to the A-10 first-team as a sophomore and junior ... Returning starter for the Minutemen, who is vying to become the first player in school history to gain 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons at the school and just the third in Division I-AA history (Jerry Azumah of New Hampshire and Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern). Only four players have ever done it Division I-A. ... Powerful runner with good size, who led the A-10 in rushing as a sophomore ... Currently ranks fourth at UMass in the three primary rushing career categories: rushing yards (3,372), carries (766) and rushing touchdowns (27) ... Third leading rusher in Division I-AA entering senior season.

Career Honors:
2005, 2006 Walter Payton Preseason Watch List
2005 Sports Network Preseason Second Team All-American
Rated No. 4 RB by I-AA.org and No. 4 RB by the Sports Network
2005 UMass Team Outstanding Offensive Player
2005 UMass Marcel Shipp Ironman Award
2004, 2005 Atlantic 10 First Team
2003 Atlantic 10 Second Team
2004, 2005 Don Hansen Gazette All-Region Third Team
2003 Don Hansen All-Region Second Team
2004 New England Sports Writers All-Star Squad
Third leading active rusher in Division I-AA entering 2006
Fourth at UMass in career rushing yards (3,372), carries (766) and rushing TDs (27)
Sixth all-time at UMass in career touchdowns (29)
16 career 100-yard rushing games
In 2004, led Atlantic 10 in rushing yards (1,138), rushing yards per game (103.5), carries (243)
UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of Week (Three Times)
Golden Helmet Award in New England (Oct. 20, 2004)
Don Hansen National Team of Week (Oct. 18, 2004)
A-10 Offensive Co-Player of Week (Oct. 17, 2004)
Bill Knight Trophy as MVP of 2004 New Hampshire Game

As A Junior In 2005: Piled up third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season ... Named 2005 Atlantic 10 First Team ... 2005 Don Hansen Gazette Northeast All-Region Third Team ... One of 16 on Walter Payton Award Preseason Watch List in 2005 as top Offensive Player in Division I-AA ... Preseason Sports Network Second-Team All-American ... 2005 UMass Team Outstanding Offensive Player and UMass Marcel Shipp Ironman Award ... Rated No. 4 RB by I-AA.org and No. 4 RB by the Sports Network ... Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team in 2005 ... Gained more than 100 yards in a game 16 times at UMass ... Rushed for 100 or more yards in five of six games from Oct. 16, 2004 through Sept. 1, 2005 -- nine 100-yard games in last 16 games overall ... Five 100-yard games in 2005 including three games in a row from Oct. 22-Nov. 5 ... Finished the year with a touchdown in six straight games ... Rushed for 1,057 yards on 255 carries in 11 games (96.1 yards per game), ranked third in the Atlantic 10 (26th in nation) ... Currently fourth all-time at UMass in career rushing yards (3,372) and fourth in career carries (766), is also tied for fourth in career rushing touchdowns (27) ... Became fourth UMass player to ever have three 1,000 yard seasons in 2005, joining Marcel Shipp, Rene Ingoglia and Garry Pearson ... Returns in 2006 for a chance to join just two players in Division I-AA history with four seasons of 1,000 yards (Jerry Azumah of UNH and Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern). Only four players have ever done it Division I-A ... Ran for 73 yards and a five-yard touchdown at Hofstra (11/19) as he scored a TD for the sixth game in a row. Also caught two passes for 47 yards with career-long 40-yard reception. Also returned three kickoffs for 53 -- the first kick returns of his career ... Ran for a TD for fifth game in a row as he scored from 17 yards out at Army (11/19), on the play he was hit by seven Black Knights and still scored. Had 15 carries for 49 yards along with a team-high six catches for 24 yards ... Racked up 109 yards on the ground at Delaware (11/5) for third consecutive 100-yard game. Scored a 1-yard TD rush, his fourth straight game with a touchdown. Also made four catches for 23 yards ... Went over 100 yards for second game in a row with 115 yards on 25 carries along with two touchdowns vs. New Hampshire (10/29). Ran for 100 yards vs. UNH for third time. Also had four catches for 33 yards ... Named UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of Week after Maine game ... Career-game at Maine (10/22) with career highs in rushing yards (198), receiving yards (64), receptions (6) and total yards (262), also tied personal best for touchdowns in a game with three -- including first two receiving touchdowns of his career. Ran for 14-yard TD to open scoring for 22nd career touchdown, then caught back-to-back TDs from Liam Coen from 10 and 7 yards away just 54 seconds apart in the third quarter ... Picked up 57 yards on 19 carries and 21st career rushing TD vs. James Madison (10/15) ... Ran for 65 yards on 17 carries in rain storm vs. Northeastern (10/8) ... Busted out for 132 yards on 28 carries vs. Rhode Island (9/24) including 20th career touchdown rush in the second quarter ... Ran for team-high 77 yards on 18 carries and a 1-yard TD vs. Albany (9/17) ... Carried 19 times for 57 yards at Colgate (9/10), also threw first career-pass an 18-yard completion to quarterback Liam Coen on a halfback option ... Picked up 124 yards on 30 carries in season opener at Richmond (9/1), for 12th career game with 100 yards.

As A Sophomore In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
Starting tailback who led the Atlantic 10 in rushing, averaging 103.5 yards on 243 carries ... Atlantic 10 First-Team ... Division 1-AA All-Star Squad by the New England Football Writers ... Third-Team Atlantic Region, Don Hansen Gazette ... Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year candidate ... Preseason First-Team All-Atlantic 10 running back ... Played in all 11 games, starting eight times, gaining 1,138 yards on 243 carries and eight touchdowns ... His 1,138 yards stands as the 11th best single-season total in UMass history and his 243 carries stands 10th on the list ... Rushed for over 100 yards in four of the final five games helping the Minutemen finish the season with three straight wins ... Had five 100-yard games on the season giving him 11 for his career ... Also made nine catches on the season for 90 yards ... Led UMass in all-purpose yards averaging 111.6 per game ... Picked up 181 yards on 29 carries at Northeastern (11/6) to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row with a career-long 49-yard run in the fourth quarter ... Cracked UMass' career top-10 lists for career yards and carries at Rhode Island (10/23) with 138 yards on 26 carries ... Also had career-high 29 receiving yards on three catches ... URI game was third 100-yard game of year and ninth of career ... Earned Atlantic 10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after having a career game at New Hampshire (10/16), as he piled up 192 yards on 43 carries - the third most carries in UMass history for a single game - and three touchdowns ... All marks were career highs, with TD's matching total vs. UNH in 2003 ... Had career long 47-yard rush at New Hampshire and had one catch for 28 yards, for most receiving yards in a game ... Awarded Bill Knight Trophy as the UMass/UNH Game MVP ... Awarded Golden Helmet as top player on New England on Oct. 20 and named to Don Hansen Team of Week on Oct. 20 ... Had his third consecutive 100-yard game with 159 on 33 carries vs. Maine (10/30) on homecoming to earn UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athlete of Week distinction ... Posted seventh career 100-yard rushing game vs. Colgate (9/11) on 18 carries for 115 yards ... Also scored two touchdowns in a game for fourth time in his career ... Outrushed reigning Walter Payton Award winner Jamaal Branch (23-62) in the game ... Ran for 94 yards on 17 carries vs. Delaware State (9/4), including rushes of 24 and 21 yards.

As A Freshman In 2003: Game-By-Game Statistics
The starting tailback for the Minutemen ... A second team All-Atlantic 10 selection ... Named second team All-East Region by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette ... Received the Vic Fusia Award, as the team's most improved offensive player ... Saw action in all 13 games, making eight starts ... Led the team with 268 carries for 1,177 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Placed fourth on the UMass single season list for carries, and 10th for rushing yards ... Also caught 22 passes for 166 yards ... Totaled a team-best 1,343 all-purpose yards ... Two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week selection, following the James Madison and New Hampshire games ... Also named Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week after the James Madison game ... Carried 35 times for 140 yards and two scores in the win over James Madison, in addition to catching two passes for 23 yards ... Ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in the victory over New Hampshire, while also catching a pass for 12 yards ... Carried 21 times for 144 yards in the win over Richmond, while catching a pass for 15 yards ... Rushed 22 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Central Connecticut State ... Ran 23 times for 126 yards and one touchdown at Delaware, while catching one pass for a 10-yard gain ... Carried 24 times for 105 yards in victory at Maine, while also catching three passes for 15 yards ... Rushed 20 times for 84 yards at Colgate, while catching two passes for 25 yards ... Had 26 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown against Rhode Island, in addition to catching two passes for 15 yards ... Ran for 17 yards and a score on 17 carries against Northeastern, in addition to catching three passes for 15 yards ... Had 77 yards on 21 carries at William & Mary, while catching a season-best four passes for 22 yards ... Also forced a fumble after an interception return against William & Mary ... Had 50 yards on 19 carries at Kansas State, while catching a pass for 12 yards.

2002: Sat out the season under NCAA academic requirements.

Before UMass:A two-year All-Metro and All-Orange County selection by the Orlando Sentinel at Apopka High School, where he played for Coach Rick Darlington ... Rushed for 1,445 yards on 147 carries during senior year, averaging 9.2 yards per attempt ... Scored 20 touchdowns ... Also earned All-Central Florida accolades and was chosen to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Member of the Florida Class 6A All-State squad ... Helped guide Apopka to Florida Class 6A state championship ... Served as team captain during his senior season ... Averaged 7.6 yards per rush as a junior, picking up 1,168 yards and eight touchdowns on 154 carries for Blue Darters ... Key figure in Apopka's drive to district title and region semifinal appearance in 2000.

Personal: R. Baylark ... Born on July 28, 1983 in Aberdeen, Mississippi ... Son of Loraine and Steve Baylark ... Brother of Crystal ... Majoring in Art ... Spends much of his free time drawing and sketching.

CAREER STATISTICS (Rushing)
Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
2003	13/8	268	1177	4.4	10	43
2004	11/8	243	1138	4.7	8	49
2005	11/11	255	1057	4.1	9	32
2006	15/15	338	1960	5.8	15	60
Totals	50/42	1104	5332	4.8	42	60

CAREER STATISTICS (Receiving) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2003 13/8 22 166 7.5 0 29 2004 11/8 9 90 10.0 0 28 2005 11/11 25 220 8.8 2 40 2006 15/15 23 237 10.3 3 26 Totals 50/42 79 714 9.0 5 40

CAREER HIGHS Carries: 43 at New Hampshire (10/16/04) Third in UMass Hist. Rushing Yards: 235 vs. Rhode Island (10/21/05) 10th in UMass Long Rush: 60 vs. New Hampshire (12/2/06) Rushing TDs: 3 vs.UNH (10/4/03) & at UNH (10/16/04) Receptions: 6 at Maine (10/22/05) & at Army (11/12/05) Receiving Yards: 76 at Montana (12/8/06) Long Reception: 40 vs. Hofstra (11/19/05)

100-Yard Games: 26 (last vs. Appalachian State, 12/15/06) - UMass 22-4 Two-TD Games: 14 (last at UNH, 11/4/06) - UMass 13-1 Three-TD Games: 4 (last vs. Stny Brook, 9/23/06) - UMass 4-0

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