58 Darwin Walker
(Full name: Darwin Jamar Walker) ... Born: June 15, 1977 ... Major: Civil Engineering ... Uniform Number: 58.
HONORS - 1999 All-America (2nd-The Sporting News, 3rd-Associated Press), All-SEC (AP, Coaches, Football News). 1998 All-SEC (1st-AP, 2nd-Coaches).
1999 - Games/Started: 12/11 ... Second team All-America by The Sporting News and third team by Associated Press ... Named first team All-SEC by the Coaches, AP and Football News ... One of six team captains who anchored the defensive front four ... Selected to play in the Delchamps Senior Bowl ... Made 15 stops behind the line, including one in eight of the 11 games ... Ranked third with seven sacks to push his career total to 14 ... Opened season with a career-high three sacks against Wyoming while recording a tackle for loss ... Had six tackles for loss in the first five games, registering at least one in all five ... Made a career-high seven hits versus Memphis and South Carolina ... Made 23 straight starts at defensive tackle before suffering a shoulder injury in the Arkansas ... Recorded back-to-back sacks against Notre Dame and Arkansas.
1998 - Games/Started: 13/13 ... All-SEC first team as selected by AP and a second team pick by the league's coaches ... Shared outstanding lineman award, voted by teammates, with offensive guard Cosey Coleman ... Also captured Bill Majors Award for dedication to football ... A starter at right defensive tackle who led team in sacks with six and ranked sixth with 16 big plays ... Finished sixth on UT tackle chart with 46 ... Had six tackles each against Syracuse and Auburn, with five against UAB and Vanderbilt ... Recorded a sack in each of the first three games, had another against Georgia, then two in back-to-back outings against Kentucky and Vanderbilt ... Registered a stop behind the line of scrimmage nine times ... Recovered a fumble against Vanderbilt, while causing two others ... Broke up two passes and tied for team lead with 15 quarterback pressures ... In bowl game for national title, he had three tackles, including one sack and another for lost yardage.
1997 - Games/Started: 13/1 ... Tallied 27 hits during the season, including 11 primary hits ... Contributed greatly to injury-riddled defensive line by notching 12 big plays including one caused fumble and one recovered ... Batted down three passes and had a quarterback sack against Arkansas ... Accumulated six sacks ... Registered four tackles in FedEx Orange Bowl loss to Nebraska.
1996 - Sat out after transferring from North Carolina State.
1995 - Lettered as true freshman at N.C. State ... Tallied eight tackles, a quarterback sack, two tackles for loss and caused a fumble in nine games ... Best game came against Wake Forest when he had two tackles, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss ... Threw shot put and discus for State's ACC champion track team ... Finished fourth in the shot put at the ACC meet ... Had career best throws of 54-2 3/4 in shot and 156-2 in the discus.
TRACK - Earned trip to NCAA Indoor Championships with a second-place finish in shot put at SEC Indoors (61-2) ... Led UT throwers with personal best of 60-6 3/4 in shot put in 1998 to finish 4th in SEC outdoor meet ... Also placed 10th in the 1998 NCAA outdoor meet ... Scored in both SEC Indoor Championships in 1997 and 1998 with throws of 55-0 and 57-8 1/2 respectively in the shot put.
HIGH SCHOOL - Hampered by injuries his senior season, playing in only five games at linebacker and fullback, but still had 47 tackles and rushed for 497 yards and six TDs to earn All-Conference honors ... Rated second best player in South Carolina after his junior season by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 3 linebacker in ACC area by BlueChip Illustrated ... Rated nation's No. 8 linebacker by National Recruiting Advisor ... Named among Top 100 prospects in South by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Coach at Walterboro High School: Leroy Riley.