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 21)
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
Player stats at 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.

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.[2][3] He became the starter his first year at Michigan State.[4][5] In his debut with the Spartans, he rushed for 264 yards and four touchdowns.[6][7] His four touchdowns doubled the Michigan State 2020 season total, and were the first for a Spartan running back since the 2019 season.[8] Walker became the first player in history to rush for 5 touchdowns in a single game against the University of Michigan in the Spartan's epic come from behind victory over the Wolverines.[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]

References

  1. ^ Munz, Jason. "Arlington star Kenny Walker is scoring touchdowns at a breakneck pace, and more takeaways from Friday night". The Commercial Appeal.
  2. ^ Charboneau, Matt. "Michigan State lands running back Kenneth Walker III, transfer from Wake Forest". The Detroit News.
  3. ^ Dell, John (January 6, 2021). "Running back Kenneth Walker III, transferring from Wake Forest, announces his destination". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  4. ^ "Kenneth Walker III could be 'home run' threat Michigan State needs at running back". mlive. August 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Charboneau, Matt. "Kenneth Walker III runs wild as MSU tramples Northwestern in opener". The Detroit News.
  6. ^ "Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III feels no pressure for encore to monster debut". mlive. September 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Atkins, Nate. "Kenneth Walker III shatters expectations for everyone but his Michigan State teammates: 'I've never had a game like this'". Lansing State Journal.
  8. ^ "2020 Michigan State Spartans Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  9. ^ "Walker's 5 TDs lead Spartans past Wolverines". ESPN.com. 2021-10-30. Retrieved 2022-07-31.
  10. ^ "Spartans RB Walker to skip bowl, enter NFL draft". ESPN.com. 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  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.