Walker Lands on Hendricks Award List for Third Time


HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 28: Trevor Knight #8 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs with the ball as Reggie Walker #51 of the Kansas State Wildcats along with Alex Barnes #34 pursues during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on December 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) – For a third-consecutive season, Kansas State senior defensive end Reggie Walker was named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which honors the top defensive end in college football, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Wednesday.

Walker, who is joined on the 2019 watch list by 36 other players in the country and two others from the Big 12, is the second player in school history to earn consideration for the award three times. Ian Campbell was a semifinalist in 2006, preseason candidate in 2007 and midseason candidate in 2008. Prior to Walker, Jordan Willis was a midseason candidate for the award in 2016.

A product of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Walker has 16.0 career sacks to sit two away from entering the school’s top-10 list, while his 30.0 career tackles for loss are nine shy of entering the record book. He is also closing in on the school record for forced fumbles as the eight in his career are tied for third in school history and one shy of the record.

As a junior in 2018, Walker tallied 35 tackles, 12.5 TFLs and 7.5 sacks. He finished sixth in the Big 12 in sacks and tied for eighth in TFLs. Additionally, Walker carded four forced fumbles, which led the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally.

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