Baker's 219 yards rushing were the third most in Division II in week one.
Baker scored on runs of 61, 31 and two yards in the Eagles 56-46 shootout victory over the Pioneers.
Baker also helped Carson-Newman keep the ball for more than 11 minutes in the fourth quarter as the Eagles withstood a furious Glenville State rally. The junior carried the ball 11 times for 86 yards in the final quarter alone.
The nod for Baker is the first player of the week honor in his career. It's the second time in three weeks that a Carson-Newman running back has won the award dating back to last season. Nate Inman won it following a 280-yard rushing performance in a 35-27 victory over Tusculum.
Newberry's Apollo Stretch and JoJo Morris won the conference's defensive and special teams player fo the week awards, respectively.
Carson-Newman turned in the top rushing performance in Division II in week one with 477 yards on the ground. Among all divisions, only Air Force, Georgia Southern, The Citadel and Gettysburg gained more yards rushing than Carson-Newman did in week one.