HISTORY — from school bio
• 2022 CONSENSUS FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
• FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (ASSOCIATED PRESS, AFCA, WALTER CAMP, CBS SPORTS)
• RAY GUY AWARD FINALIST
• BIG TEN PUNTER OF THE YEAR
• SENIOR BOWL INVITE
• FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
• TWO-TIME RAY GUY AWARD NATIONAL PUNTER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 8, 2022 and Oct. 11, 2022)
• FIVE-TIME RAY GUY AWARD RAY’S 8 HONOREE (vs. Rutgers, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Western Michigan)
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner is one of the most decorated punters in Michigan State history . . . owns school records for career average (46.0) and single-season average (49.0 in 2022) . . . his career punting average of 46.0 yards per punt (161 punts for 7,406 yards) is not only a school record, but also the best in Big Ten history (previous: Reggie Roby of Iowa with 45.5-yard average from 1979-82) . . . the 46.0-yard average is the sixth best in FBS history for punters between 150-249 career punts . . . led the Big Ten in punting in back-to-back seasons (48.4 in 2021; 49.0 in 2022) . . . finished his career with 64 punts of 50-plus yards (40 percent) and 55 inside the 20 (34 percent) . . . also finished his career ranked No. 12 in school history in punting yards (7,406) . . . had 12 career games averaging over 50.0 yards per punt . . . became first Spartan punter to lead the Big Ten in punting since Mike Sadler in 2012 . . . former walk-on rejoined the team in 2020 following a year off the active roster in 2019; earned a scholarship in 2021 . . . transferred from Illinois during the 2018 spring semester after redshirting the 2017 season at Illinois . . . graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising creative in December 2021.
2022 (grad sr): Earned first-team consensus All-America honors from the NCAA after being named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) . . . also earned first-team All-America honors from CBS Sports and second-team accolades from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) . . . set a school single-season record for the second year in a row with his 49.0-yard punting average (50 punts for 2,450 yards), which led the FBS and ranked second best in Big Ten history and sixth best in FBS history . . . tabbed a Ray Guy Award finalist . . . earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl . . . became the first Spartan punter to be named the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year since the award’s inception in 2011 . . . first-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and Associated Press . . . became the third Spartan punter to lead the FBS in punting with his 49.0-yard average (Brandon Fields at 47.9 in 2004; John Pingel at 42.9 in 1937) . . . also helped MSU lead the FBS in net punting (45.5 average) . . . named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week twice (Week 10 vs. Illinois; Week 6 vs. Ohio State) . . . five-time honoree on the Ray’s 8 Weekly Honor Roll . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . boomed 24 of his 50 punts for 50-plus yards (48 percent), including 10 for 60-plus yards (20 percent) . . . placed 22 of his 50 punts (44 percent) inside the 20 . . . was also the primary holder on all PAT and field goal attempts . . . boomed a season-long 72-yarder in the regular-season finale at Penn State, the fourth-longest punt in the Big Ten in 2022 . . . posted a 54.4-yard average at Penn State in his final game as a Spartan, his highest average in a Big Ten game in 2022; had a total of three punts over 50-yards with a 59-yarder in the first quarter, a 72-yarder in the third quarter and a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter. . . had three punts in extreme cold, windy conditions in the Indiana game for a 31.0 ypp average with a long of 41 and with one going out-of-bounds at the 21, and all three were not returned, with two being downed and one out-of-bounds . . . had three punts averaging 45.3 ypp in Rutgers game, with two going for 50+ and all three inside the 20, with one inside the 10 . . . game-long punt of 64 yards in the second quarter was downed at the Rutgers 4-yard line, and came after getting run into by a Rutgers defender . . . all three of Baringer’s punts were inside the 20, with a 51-yarder being fair caught in the third quarter and a 21-yarder that was out-of-bounds at the Rutgers 17 . . . successfully punted in winds that were 25-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph in game at Illinois, punting five times for a 49.6 ypp average, with four inside the 20, and only one returned for 2 yards in the win over the No. 14 Illini . . . started the day in Champaign with a 48-yard punt into the wind in the first quarter that was downed at the ILL 41-yard line, his only punt not inside the 20 on the day; then added a 68-yarder with the wind in second quarter that went to the ILL 6-yard line and returned 2 yards; added a 32-yarder in the third quarter into the wind that was fair caught at the 11, before a 62-yarder that went out of bounds at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter . . . punted four times for a 39.8 ypp average with a long of 50 yards and one inside the 20 at Michigan, limiting UM to -1 yard punt return total . . . punted five times for a 48.2 yards per punt average with a long of 68 yards, adding a 54-yarder, and pinned two inside the 20 vs. Wisconsin . . . had a season-high seven punts and had average of 48.9 ypp, which was first game this season below 50.0 ypp in Ohio State game, but tied career-high with five inside the 20, matching his career-best, last done in 2021 vs. Ohio State, with three going inside the 10, with a long of 59 yards, as part of three total punts over 50 yards . . . had a season-best four punts over 50 yards at Maryland, with a long of 61 yards that was fair caught at the UMD 8-yard line for lone punt inside the 20 and the 10, averaging 54.0 ypp on the season-high five punts . . . punted four times for a 50.8 yards per punt average, with a long of 55 yards against Minnesota, one of two over 50 yards . . . punted three times for a 56.3 yards per punt average at Washington, with a long of 64 yards, adding a 59-yarder that was downed at the 1-yard line . . . added one free kick following safety . . . had a 57.5 ypp average on two punts in Akron game, with a long of 66 yards . . . the 57.5 ypp average was his second-straight game this season of over 50 yards after a 50.5 ypp average in opener, and the second-longest of his career . . . averaged 50.5 yards per punt on four punts (202 yards) in season-opener vs. Western Michigan . . . had a game-long 70-yard punt, marking the third time in career has had at least one 70-yard punt in a game . . . the 70-yarder was the longest in the Big Ten and third-longest in the FBS in the opening weekend . . . first punt of the game was a 67-yarder that was downed at the 4-yard line, and later added one downed at the 8-yard line for both punts inside the 20 being downed inside the 10.
2021 (redshirt sr): Set a then school single-season record with his 48.4-yard punting average, which also ranked second best in Big Ten history, second only to Iowa’s Reggie Roby (49.8 avg.) in 1981 . . . became first Spartan punter to lead the Big Ten in punting since Mike Sadler in 2012 . . . ranked fifth in the FBS in punting average (48.4) . . . earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades from coaches and media . . . honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele . . . added to the Ray Guy Award Watch List on Oct. 22 . . . ranked second in the Big Ten in punts of 50-plus yards (26), including 10 of 60-plus yards . . . ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 20 punts inside the 20, including 10 inside the 10 . . . had at least one punt inside the 20 in 11 games, with the Purdue and the snowy Penn State games the only contests without one inside the 20, with 20 total (1.5 per game) . . . pinned at least one punt inside the 10 in eight games, with 10 total (0.77 pg) . . . also had at least one punt of 50-plus yards in 10 games, with Western Kentucky, Purdue and the snowy Penn State games the three contests without a 50-yarder . . . averaged 2.0 punts of 50-plus yards per game, boosted by six games with multiple punts of over 50-yards, led by a career-high five on two different occasions, vs. Nebraska (9/25) and at Ohio State (11/20), followed by four each at Miami (9/18) and vs. Michigan (10/30) . . . boomed a season-long punt in each back-to-back games with a 69-yarder vs. Maryland (11/13/21) and then unleashing a 74-yarder at Ohio State (11/20/21) . . . his 58.8-yard punting average vs. Nebraska (six punts for 353 yards) was the best single-game average in the Big Ten in 2021 and the second-best in Big Ten history (minimum of four punts) . . . averaged 46.0 yards on three punts (138 yards) in win over No. 12 Pitt in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, including two inside the 20 and a 53-yarder . . . punted three times in snowy conditions in Penn State game, with a long of 45-yards for a 33.3 ypp average . . . averaged 49.7 yards per punt on nine punts for 447 yards at Ohio State, with a season-long 74-yard punt in the fourth quarter, and the second-longest of career, part of placing a career-high five of the nine punts inside the 20 and two inside the 10, topping previous career-high of four, done vs. Ohio State in 2020, and also part of a career-high tying five punts of 50+ yards . . . boomed a then-season-long 69-yard punt vs. Maryland in the first quarter, finishing day with a 53.0 ypp average on four punts, marking fourth game with 50+ average . . . the 69-yarder topped previous season-long of 67-yards vs. Nebraska (9/25/21), and added a 63-yarder also in the first quarter, finishing with two inside the 20 . . . punted four times for a 39.0 ypp average at Purdue with a long of 47 yards . . . boomed a 66-yard punt in the second quarter vs. Michigan, tying second-longest of the season in back-to-back games after a 66-yarder vs. Indiana (10/16) . . . finished Michigan game with five punts for a 55.8 ypp average, the second-highest average of career behind career-best 58.8 ypp vs. Nebraska (9/25) . . . also ended the Michigan game with four punts of 50+ yards, adding a 58-yarder in the fourth quarter, a 56-yarder in the first quarter and a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter . . . punted seven times for a 44.1 ypp average at Indiana, with a long of 66-yards, adding a 54-yarder with two inside the 20, with one at the 10 and one inside the 10 . . . had four punts for a 44.5 ypp average at Rutgers, with long of 51-yards and one inside in the 20, as well as rushing once on a fake field goal . . . punted three times against Western Kentucky for a 44.3 ypp average with a long of 47, and one inside the 10 . . . boomed six punts for a 58.8 ypp average in Nebraska game, marking career-high average for second week in a row, with a three over 60 yards for the night, part of a career-best five of 50+, as only punt under 50 was shortest punt of 46 yards, with a 67-yarder in first quarter, then a 55 and 54-yarder in third quarter, followed by 65 and 66-yard punts in the fourth quarter, switching field on Huskers, with only one return for -1 yard . . . punted five times at Miami for a then-career-high 54.6 ypp average, with a then-career-high tying four going for 50+ yards, including a then-season-long 65-yarder in the third quarter, adding a 57-yarder and a 52-yarder in the first half to go with a 51-yarder in the third quarter, with two inside the 20 and one inside the 10 . . . punted three times for a 45.0 ypp average vs. Youngstown State, with one getting blocked, with both inside the 20, with a long of 53-yards that was downed at the 4-yard line, adding a 37-yarder that was fair caught at the 13-yard line . . . punted four times for a 47.2 yards per punt average with a long of 57 yards in season-opener at Northwestern, pinning one inside the 10 that was downed at the 1-yard line.
2020 (jr): Had 37 punts for a 43.6 ypp average with a long of 78 yards . . . led the Big Ten with 12 punts of 50-plus yards . . . placed nine punts inside the 20 . . . ranked fifth in the B1G and 31st in FBS in punting average (43.6) . . . tied for first in the B1G and tied for 16th in the FBS with 5.3 punts per game . . . punted six times for a 44.3 ypp average at Penn State, with a long of 55 yards, one of two of 50+ yards, with one punt inside the 20 . . . punted for career-highs of 10 times for 435 yards (43.5 ypp), with a long of 56 yards, in Ohio State game, pinning a career-best four inside the 20, while along with the long of 56 yards, had a 52-yarder for two of 50+ yards . . . had two punts in Northwestern game for 24.0 ypp average . . . punted six times for a 39.5 ypp average with a long of 56, one of two punts of 50+, and also pinned two inside the 20 vs. Indiana, with both being downed inside the 5-yard line . . . had six punts for a 42.7 ypp average with a long of 51 yards at Iowa . . . named Spartan Special Teams Co-Player of the Week for his performance at No. 13 Michigan . . . boomed 56-yard punt in the first quarter at Michigan game for second new career long in as many punts, bettering previous best of 55 yards previous week vs. Rutgers, before credited with a new career-long 78-yarder in the second quarter, good for the sixth-longest punt in school history and longest since Brandon Fields with a 79-yarder in 2003 vs. Notre Dame . . . the 78-yard punt was the longest in the Big Ten in 2020 . . . finished with five punts for a 54.0 ypp average and 270 total punt yards, including new career-best of four of 50+ yards, and added one tackle on a punt return . . . was starting punter in season opener vs. Rutgers, punting twice for a 50.5 ypp average with one inside the 20.
2019: Did not play.
2018 (redshirt fr): Pressed into punting duty after previous starting punters Jake Hartbarger and Tyler Hunt went down with season-ending injuries . . . played in four games, punting 15 times for 486 yards (32.4 ypp) with four inside the 20 and a long of 52 yards . . . punted three times against Ohio State for a 30.3 ypp average with a long of 42 yards and one inside the 20 . . . doubled season total with six punts at Maryland, posting an average of 28.8 ypp with a long of 52 yards, adding a 50-yarder, along with pinning two inside the 20, in very windy conditions . . . punted four times against Purdue for 38.5 ypp average with a season-long of 44 yards, pinning one inside the 20 and one fair catch . . . made MSU debut in Indiana game, punting twice for 34.0 ypp average with a long of 35 yards with 0.0 return average as both were fair caught.
2017 (ILLINOIS): Redshirted.
High school: Three-year letterwinner under Coach Pat Fox at Notre Dame Prep High School . . . started punting in December of his junior season . . . recipient of the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete award . . . also lettered in golf, soccer and basketball . . .
Son of Bruce and Kimberly Baringer . . . born April 26, 1999 . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in advertising creative in December 2021.