Kenneth Walker III
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Walker (#9) with Michigan State in 2021
No. 9 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (2000-10-20) October 20, 2000 (age 22)
Arlington, Tennessee
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Arlington (Arlington, Tennessee)
College:
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2022
Rushing yards:587
Rushing average:4.9
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receptions:18
Receiving yards:103
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Kenneth Walker III (born October 20, 2000) is an American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wake Forest and Michigan State. He won the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards in 2021.

High school

Walker was born on October 20, 2000, in Arlington, Tennessee.[1] He attended Arlington High School and played for their football team, where he rushed for 3,485 yards with 41 touchdowns. He committed to Wake Forest University to play college football.[2]

College career

Walker played at Wake Forest in 2019 and 2020. During those two years he rushed for 1,158 yards on 217 carries with 17 touchdowns. After the 2020 season, Walker transferred to Michigan State University.[3][4] He became the starter his first year at Michigan State.[5][6] In his debut with the Spartans, he rushed for 264 yards and four touchdowns.[7][8] His four touchdowns doubled the Michigan State 2020 season total, and were the first for a Spartan running back since the 2019 season.[9] Walker III was awarded the Doak Walker and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award for the 2021 NCAA season. Following the season, he announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[10]

College statistics

Season Team Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2019 Wake Forest 90 579 6.2 4 3 17 5.7 0
2020 Wake Forest 119 579 4.9 13 3 30 10 0
2021 Michigan State 263 1,636 6.2 18 13 89 6.8 1
Totals 472 2,794 5.8 35 19 136 7.5 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump
5 ft 9+14 in
(1.76 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
30+38 in
(0.77 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.50 s 2.53 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

Walker was drafted in the second round with the 41st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.[13] He made his NFL debut in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.[14] In Week 5, against the New Orleans Saints, he had a 69-yard rushing touchdown in the 32-39 loss. [15] He was named the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks after Rashaad Penny was placed on injured reserve. On November 3rd, 2022, Walker was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for October. [16]

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2022 SEA 8 4 111 570 5.1 74 7 12 48 4.0 13 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Munz, Jason (August 25, 2018). "Arlington star Kenny Walker is scoring touchdowns at a breakneck pace, and more takeaways from Friday night". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Johns, Les (December 2, 2018). "Memphis-area RB Kenneth Walker commits to Wake Forest". DemonDeaconDigest.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  3. ^ Charboneau, Matt (January 6, 2021). "Michigan State lands running back Kenneth Walker III, transfer from Wake Forest". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  4. ^ Dell, John (January 6, 2021). "Running back Kenneth Walker III, transferring from Wake Forest, announces his destination". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Wenzel, Matt (August 9, 2021). "Kenneth Walker III could be 'home run' threat Michigan State needs at running back". mlive. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Charboneau, Matt (September 4, 2021). "Kenneth Walker III runs wild as MSU tramples Northwestern in opener". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  7. ^ Wenzel, Matt (September 11, 2021). "Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III feels no pressure for encore to monster debut". mlive. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Atkins, Nate (September 4, 2021). "Kenneth Walker III shatters expectations for everyone but his Michigan State teammates: 'I've never had a game like this'". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "2020 Michigan State Spartans Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  10. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (December 16, 2021). "Spartans RB Walker to skip bowl, enter NFL draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  11. ^ "Kenny Walker III Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 5, 2022.
  12. ^ "Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State, RB, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 5, 2022.
  13. ^ "2022 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  14. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - September 18th, 2022". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  15. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints - October 9th, 2022". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  16. ^ "Tariq Woolen & Kenneth Walker III Earn NFL Rookie of the Month Honors". Seahawks.com. Retrieved November 4, 2022.