Junior Nick Montana named starter for season opener on Thursday against Jackson State
Seniors Ryan Griffin, Austen Jacks, Devon Walker represent the Green Wave
Green Wave closes out season at Houston this weekend
Green Wave will honor 19-member senior class during pregame ceremonies
The Burlsworth Trophy honors outstanding current and former walk-ons
Career Notes: Four-year letterman had 58 tackles (43 solo, 15 assists), 2.0 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and one forced fumble during his career...played in 32 games with three start...suffered a career-ending spinal injury in the second game of his senior campaign.
2012: Started both games he appeared in at strong safety as a senior...posted 11 tackles (9 solo, 2 assists) with a tackle for loss before suffering a career-ending spinal injury at Tulsa (9/8)...recorded a career-high nine stops (7 solo, 2 assists) and a tackle for loss vs Rutgers (9/1)...had a pair of stops at Tulsa...earned the inaugural Devon Walker Most Inspirational Award from the New Orleans Fellowship Foundation and the Brandon Burlsworth Courage Award while earning a spot on the Burlsworth Trophy watchlist as a former walk-on to provide solid contributions to his team.
2011: Played in nine games as a junior...finished tied for 11th on the team in pass break-ups (1) while tallying nine solo tackles...recorded a season-best five tackles in the season opener vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...had two tackles and a pass break-up vs UTEP (10/15)...recorded single-tackle performances vs Memphis (10/22) and at Hawai'i (11/26).
2010: Saw action in all 12 games as a sophomore...ranked 11th on the team with 23 tackles (15 solo, 8 assists) with one forced fumble and a pass break-up...had a season-best seven stops (4 solo, 3 assists) to go with a pass break-up vs UCF (11/20)...tallied four tackles (3 solo, 1 assist) and a forced fumble vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/2)...added four tackles (1 solo, 3 assists) at Tulsa (10/16).
2009: Walk-on who played in nine games as a true freshman, including a start at free safety at SMU (11/28)...used primarily on special teams early in the year but worked his way into the defensive backfield where he tallied 15 tackles (10 solo, 5 assists) over the final four games of the season...posted a season-high seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assists) and a pair of pass break-ups at SMU...recorded six tackles (4 solo, 2 assists) at UCF (11/21).
High School: Three-year letterman at Destrehan High School where he was a safety for head coach Stephen Robicheaux...named All-District (5A) while guiding the Wildcats to two state championships...helped Wildcats go a combined 29-0 during final two prep campaigns...off the field, was an honors student and a member of the Culture Club.
Personal: Born Devon Palmer Walker on Nov. 29, 1990, in Metairie, La...one of four children of Booker and Inez Walker...majoring in cell and molecular biology.
Walker's Career Defensive Statistics