Walker Named A CDS Preseason All-American
June 20, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior wide receiver Tyrone Walker continued to pick up preseason accolades Monday, when he was named a Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Preseason FCS First-Team All-American on the organization's website.
CDS is one of the nation's largest independent football talent evaluation and scouting services. The organization scouts all levels of college football for all the pro leagues and 2011 marks the seventh year it has published its preseason All-American teams.
Walker was the only Missouri Valley Football Conference player mentioned as a first or second-team selection, but he was joined on the preseason list by ISU teammates Josh Howe and Marvon Sanders, who were named honorable mention picks. Walker previously selected to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list for the organization's 2011 CFPA Wide Receiver Award.
A 2010 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection, Walker led Illinois State last season with 974 yards receiving on 59 catches and hauled in 12 touchdown passes, the second-highest single-season mark in school history. The Indianapolis, Ind., native ranked second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with those 12 touchdown catches and was second with 974 yards. He also ranked 13th in the country with 88.55 receiving yards per game.
Walker was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week and The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, after he set new career-highs with 206 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns in a victory against Youngstown State. Overall, he posted five games with 100-plus yards receiving, including three-straight from Oct. 23-Nov. 6.
Howe, a 2010 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection, led the team with a career-high 112 tackles, the most for an ISU player since 2007, and ranked second in the conference in tackles last year. The Chicago Heights, Ill., native averaged 10.18 tackles per game, which tied for 24th in the country, and ranked second on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss. He tied a then career-high with 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss against Southern Illinois and set a new career-high in the conference finale with 16 tackles in a victory over Youngstown State.
Sanders made an immediate impact in the passing game for ISU in 2010 and earned All-MVFC Honorable Mention honors. He led the team with 73 catches, the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history, and finished the season with 754 yards and two touchdowns. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native averaged 6.6 receptions per game, which led the MVFC and ranked 10th in the country, tied the school record with 14 receptions against Youngstown State and recorded four 100-plus receiving yard performances. He was also named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week, after recording 10 catches and a touchdown in a road win at No. 20 South Dakota State.
The Redbirds will open the 2011 season Thursday, Sept. 1, at Eastern Illinois in the 100th game in the rivalry between the two in-state foes.
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