Kenneth Walker III is having himself a great rookie year with the Seattle Seahawks and while it’s unfortunate that he is breaking out because of an injury to Rashaad Penny, he is taking full advantage of the opportunity in front of him.
In fact, he took over a few weeks ago when Penny went down against the Saints and he proceeded to rush eight times for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Walker followed that up with his first start against the Cardinals in which he rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in a nice win. His second start was much more explosive as he had 167 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 7.3 yards per touch.
The former Spartan running back is taking the NFL by storm and he’s earning some major praise.
Pro Football Talk is high on Kenneth Walker III
No praise was as high as Pro Football Talk making the claim that Walker might just be the best rookie running back since Adrian Peterson.
For comparison, Peterson rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine starts as a rookie, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 95.8 yards per game. Right now, Walker has 410 yards and four touchdowns in two starts over seven games with an average of 6.1 per carry. If he maintains the pace from his starts, he’ll finish the year with 1,730 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Now that would be a heck of a season for any running back, let alone a rookie who began the season as the backup through the first five games.
It’s great to see Walker getting all of this praise because Michigan State fans saw this breakout coming.