Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III Declares for NFL Draft, Will Skip Peach Bowl
EAST LANSING – Michigan State football star running back Kenneth Walker III announced via Twitter on Thursday that he declared for the NFL Draft and will skip the Spartans’ appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl against Pitt on Dec. 30.
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“It has been a true honor to represent Michigan State University and wear the Green and White,” Walker wrote in a statement. “I am beyond grateful to Coach (Mel) Tucker and the entire staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to shine under their leadership. As the regular season has come to a close, I would like to announce that I have decided to forgo playing in the Peach Bowl to begin preparation for the NFL Draft.”
“I would like to thank God, my family, teammates, fans and all my coaches over the years for helping me become the player and man I am today. I will forever be a Spartan Dawg.”
The consensus All-American finished the season with 1,636 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, which represented the fourth-most rushing yards and the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in a single season for any Michigan State player.
As a junior, he became the first Michigan State player to win the Walter Camp National Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award for the best running back in college football.
He is currently the No. 2 ranked running back for the 2022 NFL draft, behind Iowa State’s Breece Hall.
“I want to congratulate Ken for all of his success and thank him for taking a chance on us,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “From the day he set foot on campus in January, he has done nothing but work extremely hard and represent Michigan State University with class. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, and they were happy to share in his success and accolades. He is a special player and I’m proud of everything he was able to achieve this season. K9 will always be a Spartan Dawg.”
Walker III transferred from Wake Forest to Michigan State prior to the 2021-22 season.