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Spartans back Kenneth Walker III declares for 2022 NFL Draft, skips Bowl game

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Michigan State Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. He will also miss the team’s upcoming Bowl game.

He will not be joining his teammates in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Thursday, December 30th. The Spartans face the Pittsburgh Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Former Michigan State Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III carries the football against the Michigan Wolverines
Kenneth Walker III carries the football against the Michigan Wolverines (Photo by the Michigan State Spartans Athletic Department)

“It has been a true honor to represent Michigan State University and wear the Green and White,” Walker’s announcement read. “I am beyond grateful to Coach 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. #SD4L”

He came to Michigan State after playing for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Walker played two seasons in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

His lone season at Michigan State led Walker III to be sixth on the 2021 Heisman ballot. He was one of two running backs to finish in the Top 10, as Iowa State back Breece Hall finished 10th.

In his two seasons at Wake Forest, Walker III had 217 carries for 1,158 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 47 yards.

However, in his lone season with the Spartans, he excelled. He had 264 carries for 1,646 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 1,646 rushing yards were the second-most during the 2021 season.

He also had 13 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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