Profiles In Terpage - A Countdown to the Football Season: Alex Walker

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Our series continues with a former walk-on nose tackle.

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Today we profile a brother of a former Terrapin special teams standout.

Alex Walker, Junior (RS), Nose Tackle, #73

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Stats:

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 295

Twitter: None that we could find.

Collegiate Stats: One game

High School Stats (Senior Year): None that we could find.

Recruiting Ratings: N/A

High School: Langley

Hometown: McLean, Va.

High School Highlights:

None that we could find.

How'd he get to College Park?

Walker is the younger brother of former safety/special teams extraordinaire Austin Walker, but was a very good player in his own right at Langley. He was named first team AAA All-Liberty District in 2006 as a D-Lineman (Austin was an honorable mention on the same team), all-region and all-district in 2007, and all-state in 2008. He also threw discus for the school's track team, and went to the state finals in 2008.

Walker redshirted in 2010, which means that the coaches think (or thought, I guess, as it was a different staff) that he has a chance to contribute in his career as a Terp. It's fairly common for walk-ons not to redshirt, so that they can provide some instant depth, but Walker has good size.

In 2011, Walker made his collegiate debut, coming off the bench as a defensive lineman against Towson. He did not record any statistics in the game. Last season, he traveled to all road games, but did not appear in any games. Last August, he was awarded a scholarship.

Nickname:

"McLean Machine"

Career Highlight:

Playing against Towson.

Dream Season:

Playing in a game this year.

2013 Prospectus:

On the nose tackle depth chart, Darius Kilgo is undoubtedly on top. Behind him is Nate Clarke, with a big ol' "or" next to him indicating he is in a position battle - with Alex Walker.

Walker is clearly in a different category than fellow nose tackle walk-on Azubuike Ukandu to the Terrapin coaches. For starters, Walker is on scholarship now, but more importantly, he's had three years to grow within the program.

Walker could beat out Nate Clarke for the back-up job, but perhaps the bigger challenge will come in the form of incoming freshman Kingsley Opara. We'll see if he gets any playing time this season.

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