Former Notre Dame Wide Receiver Deion Walker Joins UMass Football
June 13, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Former Notre Dame wide receiver Deion Walker (Christchurch, Va.) will join the UMass football program for his fifth season of eligibility as announced by head coach Charley Molnar on Wednesday. Walker will be eligible to play immediately as he redshirted his true freshman year in 2008 while being on the active roster in 2009-11. The 6-foot-3 wideout played in seven career games for the Irish.
"We are very excited about having Deion join us for the upcoming season," said Molnar. "Having worked with Deion at Notre Dame, he is a terrific person and will make the most of this opportunity. Along with Hafis Williams and Michael Cox, Deion will also be able to make an immediate impact on the program - both on and off the field."
At Notre Dame, Walker played in five career games with one catch for 15 yards. After redshirting in 2008, he played in five games as a sophomore (2009) with his first career catch coming against Nevada. He also saw game action that season against Purdue, Washington, USC, and Washington State.
Walker played in two games as a senior after not seeing game action in 2010 as a junior.
The Virginia native joined the Irish after being rated as the seventh-best wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep and the 11th-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. Walker had 15 catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns in an injury hampered senior season. As a junior in 2006, he hauled in 50 receptions for 733 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played quarterback and in the defensive secondary during his prep career.
He was a first-team all-state and all-conference player during his high school career as well as a member of the basketball team. He attended the Asheville (N.C.) School prior enrolling at Christchurch in his junior year. At Asheville, Walker won the North Carolina State Championship twice in the trip jump.