DALLAS (FWAA) – Kansas State senior
free safety Bobby Walker (Tyler, Texas)
is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award
for his performance in the Wildcats' 58-7 win over
Iowa State this past Saturday.
Walker returned two interceptions for touchdowns, highlighting Kansas State's strong defensive
performance. He picked off a Seneca Wallace pass on the Cyclones' second play from scrimmage in the
second half, and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. On the second play of Iowa State's next
possession, Walker again picked off a pass from Wallace and went 26 yards for the touchdown. The two
returns by Walker came 23 seconds apart and turned a 30-7 halftime lead into a 44-7 edge for the 'Cats.
Walker's two interceptions for touchdowns marked the first time in Kansas State history a player has
had two picks for scores in a single game. Walker is the only player in NCAA Division I-A this season
to accomplish this feat. He also had three tackles and knocked down two other passes in the game.
A three-person panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the
winner of the weekly award.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club pick a National Defensive Player of the Week each
Monday. Walker will be added to the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented
on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
2002 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
• Sept. 9: Maurice Sikes, Miami
• Sept. 16: Shane Walton, Notre Dame
• Sept. 23: Willie Pile, Virginia Tech
• Sept. 30: R.J. Jones, Missouri
• Oct. 7: Matt Grier, Mississippi
• Oct. 14: Corey Webster, LSU
• Oct. 21: Brandon Everage, Oklahoma
• Oct. 28: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
• Nov. 4: Josh Ott, Boston College
• Nov. 11: Bobby Walker, Kansas State
• Charlotte Touchdown Club