JUCO All-American transfer Nate Harris has been on campus for a few weeks and on Thursday he spent a…
Walden Adjusting to WR
He has great speed and has proven to be a top-notch sprinter on the track team since he arrived on campus.
Last year he finished second in the 60-meters at the Big East Indoor Championships with a time of 6.78 seconds. He set a Big East record during the preliminaries posting a time of 6.76 seconds. Walden placed sixth in the 200-meters at the Big East Indoor Championships with a time of 22.65. He also recorded the team's fastest time of the season in the 100-meters with a time of 10.43 in the Hurricane Invitational.
Last weekened Walden ran a 10.95 in the 100-meter dash at the Hurricane Invitational. He has always enjoyed running track and uses it as a tool to help him on the football field.
"My knee is not 100 percent right now," Walden said. "I am trying real hard to get back. I'm looking all right and in time I will be fine."
Walden spent the entire 2004 rehabilitating his knee. The long days of recovery can become very tiresome and monotonous.
"It is hard," Walden said. "Real hard. It makes you not want to play football any more."
As the season went on and he began to get a little jump in his step he would have small battles with Glenn Sharpe who was also recovering from an ACL injury. Walden and Sharpe had fun with their battles despite the tough circumstances of their injuries.
"You have to keep going at it no matter how much it hurts," Walden said.
His preparation during the season has allowed him to participate during spring practices. Now a receiver he is essentially starting over in the learning process.
"It is like starting over from the beginning," Walden said. "It feels like I'm a freshman again when I didn't know anything."
With the team not signing any receivers this February they needed some depth. Walden was willing to help out the team any way he could.
"It was kind of both my decision and the coaches," Walden said. "It was good for the team. We don't have any receivers coming in so it was a good move."
Although Walden has a lot to learn he did play receiver in high school. As a senior he caught 12 passes for 146 yards.
"I feel I can be good at receiver," Walden said. "I played there in high school so it is not new to me. I just have to do what the coaches ask me to do and do it their way--not my way."
With seven receivers on the roster there is playing time available.
"I feel like I have an opportunity to play now," Walden said.
Walden and his teammates return to practice on Monday. With nine practices remaining in the spring Walden has a goal for the rest of the spring.
"I want to learn my offensive plays," Walden said. "That's it."
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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