By SAMANTHA STALLINGS, Contributing Writer
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Charles Walker, the senior slot receiver for the Wildcats this year.
Walker is one of four former St. Xavier football players currently playing in the SEC. The other three are teammate junior linebacker Spencer Foy, defensive back Garrett Stephens at Florida, and linebacker Karl Roesler at Arkansas.
When asked about his former teammates and thoughts about all four playing Division 1 Football in the SEC Charles responded with pride. “ We talk to each other a lot about that and it is really funny,” said Walker. “Obviously Coach Glaser and Coach Wolford have set us up for success and have given us a chance to play at the next level. I think it says a lot about them as people and the school as a whole.”
Walker said if he and the others learned anything from Glaser and Wolford it is that if you work hard good things will happen. Walker, Foy, Stephens, and Roesler are proof that hard work pays off because they are all playing Division 1 football in the SEC.
Stephens and Roesler are proud that they are playing and representing the “green and gold”. It’s such an accomplishment to have so many St.X Tigers in the SEC. “I’m proud that we get to represent St. X across the country, especially in a conference like the SEC,” said Stephens.
Roesler and Stephens have had the same road as Walker as they both started as walk-ons and now both have scholarships at their respective schools.
“I think it’s cool to see a couple of my friends, especially in my class, that are playing SEC football,” said Roesler. “Not only that but that Louisville, Ky., is making a name for itself and in football in general.”
Roesler talked about how they all try to stay in touch and how hard it is because they all have their different football schedules.
Walker is all for helping his team this season as he has been his past four years as well as in high school. This is Walker’s final year as a Wildcat and he expects even more out of himself this year than before, especially since he is a scholarship athlete.
“I take it to heart and I try to uphold the standards we expect. The expectations are higher,” said Walker. “ It just means more to me that the coaches believe that I’m a scholarship athlete.”
Walker is expected to make an impact with the Cats on field this season. He is definitely looking forward to playing out his “Charles in Charge” role this season on UK’s offense.
This senior class that Walker is a part of is the first true recruiting class for Head Coach Mark Stoops. Walker says he is looking forward to seeing how this season unfolds.
Receivers coach Lamar Thomas is very proud of Walker and the man he has became and says he has set the bar high for all the other players.
“Charles comes out to the meeting room and to the field everyday ready to rock and roll, I wish more kids were like that,” says Thomas. “He has a heart of a lion and he’s a great kid. He comes to work everyday with a smile on his face and I appreciate it at the end of the day. He’s going to have a great year!”
Walker is going to do whatever he can for the team to have a chance to win games this season. He believes that this team is going to come out each and every Saturday and perform like we know we know we can.