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Travon Walker

Travon Walker
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Walker with the Jaguars in 2022
No. 44 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2000-12-18) December 18, 2000 (age 23)
Thomaston, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school:Upson-Lee
(Thomaston, Georgia)
College:Georgia (2019–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:101
Sacks:13.5
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:4
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Yury Travon Walker (TREY-von; born December 18, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, winning the 2022 National Championship prior to being selected first overall by the Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early years and college career

Walker was born on December 18, 2000, in Thomaston, Georgia, and attended Upson-Lee High School.[1] He was selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl.[2] He committed to play college football for the Georgia Bulldogs at the University of Georgia.[3][4]

Walker played in 12 games and had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a freshman for the Bulldogs in 2019.[5] As a sophomore in 2020, he played in nine games with 13 tackles, one sack and one interception.[6][7] Walker started at defensive tackle as a junior and was a part of the team that won the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship.[8] He declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following the season.[9]

College statistics

Season GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR FF TD
2019 12 9 6 15 3.5 2.5 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0
2020 9 6 7 13 2.0 1.0 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0
2021 15 19 18 37 7.5 6.0 0 0 0.0 0 2 1 0 0
Career 36 34 31 65 13 9.5 0 0 0.0 0 4 2 1 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
272 lb
(123 kg)
35+12 in
(0.90 m)
10+34 in
(0.27 m)
4.51 s 1.62 s 2.62 s 4.32 s 6.89 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
11
All values from NFL Combine[10][11][12]

Walker was selected first overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft.[13] He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $37.4 million fully guaranteed, on May 12, 2022.[14] In his debut, Walker recorded a sack and interception in a 28–22 loss against the Washington Commanders.[15] In his rookie season, he started in 14 of the 15 games he appeared in. He finished with 3.5 sacks, 49 total tackles, one interception, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble.[16]

Walker finished the 2023 season with 51 total tackles, ten sacks, two pass deflections and the first fumble recovery of his career, which he recorded in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills. In a Week 16 blowout win against the Carolina Panthers, Walker recorded two sacks and six tackles, including two tackles for a loss, as the Jaguars won 26-0.

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Sfty Int Yds Lng TD PD FF FR Yds TD
2022 JAX 15 14 49 24 25 3.5 0 1 9 9 0 2 1 0 0 0
2023 JAX 17 17 52 27 25 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Career 32 31 101 51 50 13.5 0 1 9 9 0 4 1 1 0 0

References

  1. ^ James, Marvin (January 7, 2022). "Former Upson-Lee standout Travon Walker hunkers down with the Dawgs for CFP Championship". WMAZ. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  2. ^ Jordan, Jason (November 1, 2018). "Georgia commit Travon Walker 'can't wait' to suit up in the All-American Bowl". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  3. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (July 24, 2018). "Travon Walker gives Georgia another highly touted recruit". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Sentell, Jeff (July 24, 2018). "5-star defensive tackle commits to Georgia". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  5. ^ Austin, Brooks (March 15, 2020). "Georgia Football: Sophomore Surge Set for Travon Walker". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Crosby, Robert (April 29, 2021). "Georgia's Travon Walker Poised For a Big Jump In 2021". SI.com. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Towers, Chip (March 30, 2021). "Bulldogs expect breakout year from defensive end Travon Walker". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  8. ^ Witz, Billy; Mast, A. J. (January 11, 2022). "Georgia Wins National Title, Conquering a Drought and a Rival". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  9. ^ Austin, Brooks (January 14, 2022). "BREAKING: Travon Walker Say Goodbye To Georgia". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  10. ^ "Travon Walker Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  11. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Travon Walker, Georgia NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Part 6, Edge: It's a do-or-die decision".
  13. ^ Oehser, John (April 29, 2022). "Walker intro: Smiles and collaboration". Jaguars.com. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  14. ^ Baca, Michael (May 12, 2022). "Jaguars signing No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker to $37.4M rookie contract". NFL.com. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  15. ^ Easterling, Luke (September 11, 2022). "No. 1 pick Travon Walker lives up to the hype in regular-season debut". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  16. ^ "Travon Walker 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
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