Mark Walker
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Mark Walker

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Duncanville, Texas

High School:
Duncanville

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 195

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
09/14/1981

Experience:
3L


All-star caliber cornerback who returns for his final season... brings senior leadership and a strong knowledge of the defense to the field... earned post-season accolades in 2003, including a spot as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back... has excellent ball skills... also has handled the punt return duties... was one of two true freshman (joining Martin Patterson) to see action during the 2001 campaign... owns six career interceptions... has made 14 career starts.

2003: Was a Jim Thorpe semifinalist, which recognizes the nation's top defensive backs... earned second team all-conference honors by the C-USA coaches and media members, but was a first team pick according to collegefootballnews.com... tied for third in the league with a team-high five interceptions... picked off two passes in the overtime win at Arizona... also had interceptions against Vanderbilt, Army and UAB... led the conference with 19 passes defended... made 47 tackles, including 37 solo stops... three of his stops came in back of the line of scrimmage... had a season-high nine tackles against Cincinnati and eight versus Louisville... recorded one fumble recovery... started 12 games.

2002: Came on strong at the end of the season... started the final regular season game against Memphis when Tyrone Sanders was unable to go due to injury... logged his first career interception in that contest... earned the starting nod in the AXA Liberty Bowl win over Colorado State... credited with a pair of pass breakups in that game... recorded 10 tackles on the season including nine solo stops.

2001: One of only two true freshmen (also linebacker Martin Patterson) to play in 2001... saw action in all 12 games... made five stops and deflected one pass.

High School: One of the top defensive backs in the state... a State Top 100 pick by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, an Area Top 100 choice by the Dallas Morning News, named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area team and was a Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team selection... honorable mention all-state and first team all-district performer... picked off five passes as a senior and 10 in a three-year career... was the Dallas Morning News Player of the Week vs. Grand Prairie... honorable mention all-district in the 1999... in his three seasons on the varsity, Duncanville recorded a record of 31-5, winning the state title in his sophomore season... also lettered in track... ran a leg on the state champion 4x100 relay... coached by Bob Alpert... chose TCU over Alabama, Baylor, Tulsa and Wisconsin.

Personal: Marktavious Deontia Walker was born September 14, 1981... parents are Dorothy and Rickey Turner... is a general studies major.


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