Getting to Know...Doug Baldwin
Sept. 24, 2008
Doug Baldwin is quickly emerging as a big play threat for Stanford, both on offense as a wide receiver and special teams as a punt returner.
The sophomore from Gulf Breeze, Fla. has started all four games at wide receiver and has made seven catches for 98 yards. He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 38-yard reverse play in the second quarter at TCU.
In the 'what-could-have-been' category, Baldwin had a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown against TCU called back after he stepped out of bounds on the 13-yard line. Against San Jose State, he took a slant pass from Tavita Pritchard 38 yards, only to see Spartan cornerback Chris Owens force a fumble at the one-yard line, which resulted in a touchback.
After an outstanding high school career at Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High School, Baldwin wasted little time in getting his feet wet on the collegiate level. As a freshman in 2007, he caught 11 passes for 93 yards and also proved valuable as a special teams player as the team's primary kickoff return threat.
Meet Stanford wide receiver, Doug Baldwin...
Use four words to describe yourself.
Dedicated, poised, hungry, loving, focused.
What is your pregame routine?
I sit and listen to instrumentals of songs that get my blood flowing. I make sure all my gear is nice and tight and ready for battle. Then right before we head out I say a little prayer to myself.
What is your favorite sports team?
Buffalo Bills. They have been my favorite sports team since I was little. I use to be a running back in little
What do you miss most about home?
My little brother, Devon. He is only 6 years old, but he is like my best friend. He is very smart for his age and we understand each other. He is always supporting me during football and he calls and leaves messages on my phone sometimes during the games. He makes me miss home more than anything.
Who is the most impressive person you've ever met?
I have to say that my mother is the most impressive person and strongest person I have ever known. She has been through many experiences in her lifetime. Although we don't always see eye-to-eye, I know that she has been in my shoes before and has made the same mistakes that I have. She has taught me a lot. She has kept me on the right path when I could have strayed so many times. She is a hard worker and is always so giving. She is a very caring mother and always places her kids first before anything else. She is strict in her ways, but they were always in the best interest of her kids. The most impressive characteristic of my mother has to be the fact that she is so strong. No matter what obstacle is placed in her path she finds a way to overcome it. She is just an amazing person and an amazing role model.
What's your favorite Coach Harbaugh saying?
'You know I am right' Even though sometimes he is wrong. (Laugh)
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Philippines. I have Phillipino blood running through my veins, and I would love to see what it is like in that country.
What's your favorite away stadium?
Los Angeles Coliseum. We had a big win there!
What's your favorite pre-game ritual?
I have a letter from my grandfather that he gave me before I left to come to Stanford. I read that before every game and I get emotional and fired up.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
What is your favorite spot on campus?My room. It's the closest thing I have to home.
What is your favorite class at Stanford?
I don't have one yet.
Name one player on offense and defense that you think will surprise people this year.
Offense - Ryan Whalen. He has done big things in the offseason and he is going to be a major contributor to the team. He has an unmatched work ethic that is something that the entire team can learn from.
Defense - Wopamo Osaisai. One of the greatest people you will ever meet. We made a little competition out of practice between each other to see push ourselves to get better. So far he has become a smarter and more patient corner, but I am still winning in the competition. He has done a lot to improve his playmaking ability which is going to carry over to the games and help the team be successful in 2008
Besides football, what is your favorite sport?
My first love has always been basketball!
My favorite all-time movie is?V for Vendetta
What do you do to relax after games?)
Who is the toughest player on the team?
Tough doesn't describe the guys on this team. We are all strong willed and strong minded when it comes to being mentally tough. Everyone on the team has come from different backgrounds and lifestyle which makes us different. It is our ability to except each other as individuals that makes the team strong as a whole. Being both Stanford students and athletes, we have an advantage on the field unmatched by our opponents. Which once we all figure it out, we will be unstoppable.
Who was your favorite sports idol as a kid?
Michael Jordan. I think he was everyone's idol.
One thing people might know about me is?
I am a neat freak.
What team would you like to see added to the schedule?
New Mexico Lobos
Which one of your teammates is the next American Idol?
Richard Sherman. (Laugh)
What makes student-athlete experience at Stanford so special?
The student-athlete gets the best of both worlds--an unbelievable education and a chance to compete at the highest level in college sports.