Pete Carroll has been surprised by former Michigan State football star Kenneth Walker III because he’s so well-rounded as a back.
Kenneth Walker III has had a heck of a preseason camp with the Seattle Seahawks.
Reports have surfaced of him “putting on a show” with the Seahawks and there have been plenty of highlights of him burning defenders off the edge for touchdowns. He is becoming a star just like everyone expected him to be.
Walker credits Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker, the offense that he ran, and his teammates for his breakout in 2021. He admitted that he didn’t quite feel like a fit at Wake Forest and that all changed when he came to East Lansing.
And after a strong couple of weeks at Seahawks camp, Walker looks like he’s ready to push for that starting running back job.
The second-round pick and the second running back chosen in the 2022 NFL Draft has been a surprise star in the preseason for just about everyone, including head coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll was asked about Walker and which players have surprised him in preseason camp, according to The Seattle Times, and he was quick to praise Walker.
"“You asked about surprises,” Carroll said to a question about Walker, referencing an earlier question about another player. “I’m surprised he’s so well-rounded. A runner, he’s blocking, again, I think I mentioned it the other day, but his pass-protection stuff, he just turned the page.”"
The Seahawks’ head coach admitted that Walker wasn’t a great pass-blocker at the collegiate level, but he’s come around in a big way and he’s working hard to “be great.”
If Walker can continue to play well with Rashaad Penny out, he’s going to build a stronger case for the starting job during preseason ball.