Kansas State junior defensive end Reggie Walker was one of 36 players in the nation, and one of five in the Big 12, to be named to the watch list for the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Monday.
Walker is a preseason candidate for the award that honors the top defensive end in college football for a second-straight year. He is the third Wildcat to be up for the award multiple times, joining Ian Campbell (2006-08) and Ryan Mueller (2013-14).
A Second Team All-Big 12 performer by the league’s coaches in 2017, Walker started 12 games as a sophomore, recording 36 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He played his best toward the end of the season when he logged 12 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and his two sacks in a two-game span against Kansas and Texas Tech.
A native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Walker was the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year after totaling 11.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks.
Wildcat 4 Packs, which include four reserved tickets, are still available for K-State’s seven home games, which are priced at $85 for UTSA, $99 for South Dakota, $125 for Texas Tech, $149 for Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas; and $199 for Mississippi State. Fans can order those, or single game tickets, online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the main athletics ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats open the 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 1, when they host South Dakota at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which serves as the 10th-annual K-State Family Reunion, kicks off at 6:10 p.m., and will be shown world-wide on ESPN3.