8 - Marcus Walker
Marcus Walker
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Pullman, Wash.
High School: Pullman HS '04
Position: LB
Experience: 3L*

2008: Listed as a backup at middle linebacker on EWU's preseason depth chart. In the spring, he was given the Iron Eagle Award for academic and athletic performance.

2007: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started EWU's first game of the season against Montana-Western (8/31/070) at middle linebacker, then made three more starts as strong-side inside linebacker. Included in his starts was EWU's final game of the season against Appalachian State (12/1/07) as an injury replacement for Makai Borden. He finished with five tackles in that game and had a career-high 10 tackles versus Idaho State (9/22/07). He also served on Eastern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

2006: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Lettered as a backup linebacker and special teams player. He made the first and only start of his career late in the year against Weber State (11/4/06) as an injury replacement for David Eneberg. He had a season-high three tackles in the first two games of the season and EWU's season-ending 40-6 win over Idaho State (11/11/06). Was EWU's representative at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., in June 2006. He served on Eastern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

2005: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Did not start, but saw considerable action as a backup linebacker and special teams standout. He had three tackles and returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown against Western Oregon (9/17/05). It was the 11th-longest interception return in school history. His season high of four tackles came versus UC-Davis (11/19/05).

2004: Redshirted. Was selected as the team's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year and earned weekly team honors twice.

HS: Graduated from Pullman HS in 2004. Earned honorable mention Associated Press 2A All-State honors as a defensive lineman as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Selected by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington. He was a second team All-Great Northern League selection as both a linebacker and running back. Pullman finished 11-3 and advanced to the championship game of the State 2A Playoffs where it lost to Meridian 34-10. The Greyhounds defeated East Valley-Yakima (24-21), Eatonville (42-0) and Othello (21-14) en route to the title game. He had a sack for an 18-yard loss in the championship game loss. A three-year starter at linebacker and running back, he averaged five yards per carry as a senior. His EWU teammates Ashton Gant ('06) and J.C. Sherritt ('06) also attended Pullman HS.

Personal: Born 5/31/85 in Hamilton, Ontario. His father Michael (Mike) Walker was the defensive line coach at Washington State University from 1995-2007 after playing for the Cougars from 1979-82. He played professionally in the Canadian Football League for 10 years with Hamilton (1982-90) and Edmonton (1991). Interdisciplinary studies major.

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