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78 Kenyatta Walker

  • Offensive Tackle
  • 6-5, 302, Junior
  • Meridian, MS (Meridian HS)

Career
A redshirt junior who will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft...was a starter at right tackle since early in his freshman season in 1998...Played in 33 regular season games with 28 starts for 1,892 plays and also started the 1999 Orange Bowl, 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl...Recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2000 as the SEC best blocker...Second-Team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and ABC Sports' BCSFOOTBALL.COM...First-Team All-SEC Selection in 2000 by the Associated Press, Coaches, Football News, and The Sporting News...Coaches' and Associated Press Second-Team All-SEC selection in 1999...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection in 1999...Named first-team Freshman All-America by Football News in 1998

2000 Season
Recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2000 as the SEC best blocker...First-Team All-SEC selection by the Coaches, Associated Press, Football News, and The Sporting News...Second-Team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and ABC Sports' BCSFOOTBALL.COM, and a third-team All-America selection by the Football News...A redshirt junior who was regarded as one of the nation's top offensive tackles...Starter in 10 of 12 games (did not start in the season opener as he completed a suspension for a fighting penalty incurred in the second half of the 2000 Citrus Bowl versus Michigan State and did not play against Kentucky after suffering an ankle injury earlier in the week.) ...Played 672 plays on season and ranked fifth on offensive line squad...Was named the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for the 2000 season...Received the offensive unit's Most Persistent Award this spring...Preseason Honors: Ranked among the nation's top three offensive tackles (Lindy's) ...Ranked among the nation's top seven offensive tackles (The Sporting News) ...Ranked among the nation's top 15 candidates for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award (Street & Smith's) ...Second-team All-America (Lindy's; Street & Smith's; Collegefootballnews.com) ...First-team All-SEC (Lindy's; Street & Smith's; The Sporting News; ATHLON)

1999 Season
Coaches' and Associated Press Second-Team All-SEC selection... SEC Academic Honor Roll selection... Started 11 of 12 games at right tackle (missed the Western Michigan game due to suspension) for 736 plays... Also started Citrus Bowl... Averaged 66.9 snaps per game, tops on the offensive line unit... 736 total plays ranked third on offensive line and eighth on the team... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Alabama with 57... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. LSU with 64... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Georgia with 77... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Vanderbilt with 67... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Florida State with 82... Preseason third-team All-America selection by Football News... Co-recipient of UF's Best Effort Award on offense during spring.

1998 Season
Played in all 11 regular season games with seven starts for 484 plays... Also started Orange Bowl... The starter at right tackle in seven regular season games (all but Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State) and also Orange Bowl... 484 plays ranked fifth on offensive line... Named first-team Freshman All-America by Football News... Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshmen Team... Named UF's Outstanding Freshman on offense... Became just third freshman (true or redshirt) in the Spurrier era to start a season opener on the offensive line with start vs. The Citadel... Co-recipient of offensive unit's Everyday Effort Award during spring.

1997 Season
Did not see any game action and was redshirted... Worked with the scout team on the offensive line.

Prep
A standout offensive lineman from Mississippi who garnered prep All-America honors ... Named to Prep Star's All-America Team and was also ranked among the top 10 prep offensive linemen in the SEC region by that publication... USA Today All-America recognition... First-team All-State selection... High school coach was Mac Barnes... Also visited Alabama, Arizona State and LSU.

Personal
Born Idrees Kenyatta Walker on February 1, 1979 in Meridian, Mississippi... Parent: Carolyn Walker Brantley... Has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Civil Air Patrol and the Boy Scouts... Favorite book is "A Time to Kill"... Major: Sociology.


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