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[May 23, 2012]
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Illinois
State senior wide receiver Tyrone Walker has already put his stamp
on the Redbird record books and is in position to catch current
Jacksonville Jaguar and former Redbird all-American Laurént Robinson
at the top of all the ISU all-time charts in his final season.
Thanks to his consistency and playmaking ability, Walker was
selected as one of the Football Championship Subdivision 10 wide
receivers to watch by Craig Haley of The Sports Network on Tuesday.
The three-year starter was the only Missouri Valley Football
Conference player named to the list. A 2011 All-MVFC Second-Team
selection, Walker led the team with 64 catches for 787 yards and
eight touchdowns on the season and averaged 12.3 yards per catch.
In 2010, the Indianapolis, Ind., native was an All-Missouri Valley
Football Conference Second-Team selection, led the Redbirds with
974 yards receiving on 59 catches and hauled in 12 touchdown passes,
the second-highest single-season mark in school history. That
followed up a freshman campaign that saw Walker named to the MVFC
All-Newcomer Team, after he led all league freshmen with 37
receptions for 485 yards set an ISU freshman record with those 37
Teaming up with senior quarterback Matt Brown, who was named to the
TSN quarterbacks to watch list earlier in May, the duo has become
one of the most prolific in school and conference history. Walker
ranks fourth in the ISU record books in career receiving yards
(2,246) and receptions (160) and is second in career receiving
touchdowns with 23. If Walker puts up numbers consistent with his
career averages, he will catch Robinson atop all three categories
following the year.
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Walker and the rest of the Redbirds will open the
2012 season at Hancock Stadium on Sept.1, against Pioneer Football
League opponent Dayton.
news release received
from Michael Williams, Illinois State