2007: Baker, a 3-time All-American first teamer (making him USC's third-ever 3-time All-American, along with Richard Wood and Matt Leinart) and among the top offensive linemen in the nation, started for his fourth season at left offensive tackle as a senior in 2007. He was named to the 2007 Walter Camp All-American first team, Phil Steele's All-American first team, AP All-American second team, SI.com All-American second team, Collegefootballnews.com All-American second team, All-Pac-10 first team (for the third consecutive year), ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team, Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 first team and Rivals.com All-Pac-10 second team. He was 1 of 12 semifinalists for the 2007 Lombardi Award. He missed 3 mid-season games (Notre Dame, Oregon State and California) after straining his left hamstring against Arizona (and re-straining it at Oregon). He had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left knee prior to 2007 spring practice. He was named to the 2007 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team (his second consecutive honor). He was a USC team captain. He won USC's Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. He was a Senior Bowl invitee.
2006: Baker started for his third year at left offensive tackle as a junior in 2006. He made the 2006 Football Writers, The Sporting News, CBS Sportsline.com and All-American Football Foundation All-American first teams, AP, Walter Camp, Rivals.com, Scout.com, Collegefootballnews.com All-American second teams and Pro Football Weekly All-American and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He also made the 2006 All-Pac-10 first team for the second consecutive year and the ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Rivals.com All-Pac-10 first team and Scout.com All-Pac-10 first team. He was named to the 2006 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team. He won USC's Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and Co-Lifter of the Year Awards.
2005: Baker started all of 2005 for his second season at left offensive tackle as a sophomore and continued his solid play. He was named to the 2005 CBS Sportsline.com All-American first team, AP and Rivals.com All-American third team and SI.com All-American honorable mention squad. He made the 2005 All-Pac-10 first team. He made the 2005 ESPN.com All-Pac-10 team. He won USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award.
2004: Baker, who was switched from offensive guard to tackle prior to 2004 spring practice, started all of 2004 at left offensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2004 and he did an outstanding job. He made the 2004 Football Writers, The Sporting News, Collegefootballnews.com and Rivals.com Freshman All-American first teams, All-Pac-10 second team, ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team and The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He also was USC's 2004 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
2003: Baker redshirted as a freshman offensive guard in 2003, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2002 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, The Sporting News Hot 100, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VI first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County first team and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team choice as a senior offensive and defensive lineman at Tustin (Calif.) High. On defense in 2002, he made 34 tackles, with 2.5 sacks. Tustin advanced to the CIF Division VI semifinals in 2002.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His father, David, is the commissioner of the Arena Football League and formerly played basketball at UC Irvine and then professionally in Europe. His brother, Ben, was an offensive lineman at Duke.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Pete Carroll: "We get great leadership from Sam. And his tenacity and savvy carry over to the other guys."