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 23)
Arlington, Tennessee, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Arlington
College:
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:1,955
Rushing average:4.4
Rushing touchdowns:17
Receptions:56
Receiving yards:424
Receiving touchdowns:1
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.

Early years

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.[3][4] After the 2020 season, Walker transferred to Michigan State University.[5][6] He became the starter his first year at Michigan State.[7][8] In his debut with the Spartans, he rushed for 264 yards and four touchdowns.[9][10] His four touchdowns doubled the Michigan State 2020 season total, and were the first for a Spartan running back since the 2019 season.[11] Walker III was awarded the Doak Walker and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and finish 6th in the Heisman for the 2021 NCAA season.[12][13] He earned Consensus All-American honors for the 2021 season.[14] Following the season, he announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[15]

College statistics

Season Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2019 13 0 90 579 6.2 4 3 17 5.7 0
2020 7 7 119 579 4.9 13 3 30 10.0 0
Michigan State Spartans
2021 12 12 263 1,636 6.2 18 13 89 6.8 1
Career 32 19 472 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 1.49 s 2.53 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
All values from NFL Combine[16][17]

2022

Walker was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round with the 41st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.[18]

Walker made his NFL debut in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.[19] In Week 5, against the New Orleans Saints, he had a 69-yard rushing touchdown in the 32–39 loss.[20] He was named the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks after Rashaad Penny was placed on injured reserve.[21] In Week 7, against the Los Angeles Chargers, Walker rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the 37–23 victory.[22] On November 3, Walker was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.[23] In Week 9, he rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns in a 31–21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.[24] In Week 12, he had another game with two rushing touchdowns in the 40–34 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.[25] He closed out the regular season with three consecutive games with over 100 rushing yards. He finished his rookie season with 228 carries for 1,050 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 27 receptions for 165 receiving yards.[26] He joined Curt Warner as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards as a rookie.[27] On January 14, 2023, during the 2022–23 NFL playoffs, Walker rushed the ball 15 times for 63 yards and a touchdown, during a 41–23 Wild Card Round loss to the 49ers.[28][29] He was named to the 2022 Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.[30]

2023

In Week 3, Walker totaled 156 scrimmage yards with a pair of rushing touchdowns in a 37–27 win over the Carolina Panthers, earning National Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.[31]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Y/A Lng TD Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Fum Lost
2022 SEA 15 11 228 1,050 4.6 74T 9 27 165 6.1 33 0 0 0
2023 SEA 15 15 219 905 4.1 45 8 29 259 8.9 64T 1 1 0
Career 30 26 447 1,955 4.4 74 17 56 424 7.6 64 1 1 0

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2022 SEA 1 1 15 63 4.2 9 1 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
Career 1 1 15 63 4.2 9 1 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0

References

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  2. ^ Johns, Les (December 2, 2018). "Memphis-area RB Kenneth Walker commits to Wake Forest". DemonDeaconDigest.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
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  4. ^ "Kenneth Walker III 2020 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  5. ^ Charboneau, Matt (January 6, 2021). "Michigan State lands running back Kenneth Walker III, transfer from Wake Forest". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Dell, John (January 6, 2021). "Running back Kenneth Walker III, transferring from Wake Forest, announces his destination". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Wenzel, Matt (August 9, 2021). "Kenneth Walker III could be 'home run' threat Michigan State needs at running back". mlive. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Charboneau, Matt (September 4, 2021). "Kenneth Walker III runs wild as MSU tramples Northwestern in opener". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
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