Patrick Walker earns several honors
GREELEY – He’d trade all the accolades in the world for a team win, but Northern Colorado senior wide receiver Patrick Walker is doing everything he can to help the Bears on the field and today he was rewarded in a big way for those efforts.
Walker was today named the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, the National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter Player of the Week and the Big Sky Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after catching 10 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-25 loss to North Dakota on Saturday.
Walker's 315 yards were the most in the FCS this season and 61 short of the division record of 376, held by Cal Poly's Kassim Osgood against Northern Iowa in 2000. They are also a Northern Colorado and Big Sky Conference single-game record. He broke the NC record of 265 yards held by Barry West against Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and the Big Sky record of 299 yards by Treamell Taylor from Nevada in 1989.
Connecting with sophomore quarterback Seth Lobato for 80- and 88-yard touchdown passes, Walker put the Bears in a position to win their first game of the season, and would have if not for a late North Dakota field goal from 54-yards out. His 88-yard reception is tied for the second-longest in school history, while his 80-yard grab is good for sixth on the same list.
Walker has had a stellar senior season and is rapidly moving up the Northern Colorado career charts. With two games remaining, he is fourth in pass receptions with 160, needing 17 more to tie Vincent Jackson’s record of 177 and he is fifth in receiving yards with 2,142, just one of five players in school history with 2,000 yards or more in a career. He also sits in ninth in all-purpose yards with 2,818 and is tied for sixth with 16 receiving touchdowns.
Walker and the Bears have two Big Sky Conference games left on the schedule as they play Saturday at Northern Arizona before returning home to host Portland State on Nov. 12 at 12:05.