Walker Providing Backup Punch

Published: November 18, 2009, 7:34 pm, by admin

Junior fullback Jared Tew leads Air Force in rushing with 715 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns on 193 carries.

But junior backup Nathan Walker has been giving the Falcons a solid second option at fullback.

“They’ve been a good combination,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said of Tew and Walker.

Walker, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound Colorado Springs Christian graduate, has rushed for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 39 carries. Last week he picked up 25 yards and a touchdown on six carries in the Falcons’ 45-17 blowout of UNLV.

Calhoun said Walker has good running skills but has to become a bit more consistent making catches out of the backfield.

“He’s a great kid,” Calhoun said. “Hard worker, and next year I think he’ll be even better. He’s only been here two-and-a-half years. We get him into his senior year, and he gets into the weight room, I don’t think he’ll put on a lot of weight, but I could see him putting on six or seven pounds and it all being good strength.”