University of Michigan Football
Team Co-captain, 2004
In his first season at the center position Baas was a consensus All-American a shared the Rimington Trophy as the nation's outstanding center. Baas started the season at left guard but moved to center at the outset of the conference slate and helped guide the Wolverines to a share of the Big Ten title. U-M's rushing offense gained 106 yards per game prior to Baas' position shift but finished the conference schedule third in the ground attack at 175 yards per contest. He was named the 2004 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and became the 12th player in U-M football history to gain All-Big Ten first team honors at least three times during his career
Baas shared the 2004 Rimington Trophy with Louisiana State's Ben Wilkerson. Baas was the only player in the country to be named finalist for two of the three awards presented to linemen. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was on the list of candidates for the Lombardi Award. Baas was selected co-captain of the 2004 Wolverine team at the outset of fall camp. He entered 2004 rated as the nation's premier offensive guard entering the year by Lindy's Magazine and Athlon Sports Magazine.
Baas started 39 career games along the Wolverines' offensive line, including 38 straight to end his career. He helped pave the way for 1,000-yard rushers three consecutive years (Mike Hart in 2004 and Chris Perry in 2002 and 2003).