Walker speaks softly, but makes big hits
There's a guy like Jamie Walker on every football team. While Walker is ferocious on the field, he is far from a boisterous voice off it or in the locker room. "He's pretty reserved, but he's intense," DSU senior linebacker Bodie Tobin said. "The...
There's a guy like Jamie Walker on every football team.
While Walker is ferocious on the field, he is far from a boisterous voice off it or in the locker room.
"He's pretty reserved, but he's intense," DSU senior linebacker Bodie Tobin said. "The underclassmen and his seniors respect him. When he says something, people listen. He's not always running his mouth, so when he says something, people know he's got something he feels is important."
Walker, a senior nose guard and three-year starter for the Blue Hawks, doesn't even get too rowdy when he makes a big defensive stop.
Perhaps it's because he has been a part of so many big plays during his career, it's just second nature.
"I don't think I'm an overly talented guy by any means. I'm not a big guy," said Walker, who is 6-foot-1, 230 pounds. "My mentality has always been I've got to give 100 percent on every down I've played in to earn my spot, because I know there's more talented guys out there who can do a better job."
Walker has consistently been at the forefront of DSU's defensive pressure the past two seasons.
Hard and fast with little let-up is how he has played his entire career, and it's the reason he's playing football for the Blue Hawks, defensive coordinator Arlan Hofland said.
Hofland remembers watching Walker's high school highlight film and seeing a player with a motor that didn't quit.
"He never stopped running until he came off the sidelines," Hofland said. "He was on every specialty team, so he never went to the sidelines much."
Growing up on a ranch outside of Ekalaka, Mont., Walker said he was taught at an early age that hard work equals success.
That life lesson has translated onto the football field nicely.
"That's just the way I was raised," Walker said. "If you're going to go out and do something, you do it to the best of your ability."
This season, Walker has 33 tackles, including five for a loss, and two sacks. In his career, he has 162 total tackles, 23 for a loss and 10 sacks.
Today against Minot State, Walker will put a brace his left knee and play despite a possible tear in the Medial Collateral Ligament.
The extent of the injury, suffered last Saturday at South Dakota Mines, is uncertain and Walker practiced throughout the week.
"I'll brace up, try to go this week and see what happens," Walker aid. "I consider myself pretty lucky. I've seen a lot of teammates get banged up. It's just part of football. Either you get lucky and you make it through or you don't."
It doesn't surprise DSU head coach Hank Biesiot that Walker is willing to play through an injury, saying that is the kind of player he has been the past four years.
"He more than holds his own," Biesiot said. "His durability. His desire. He's been some real glue in the center of our defense."