Nov. 17 game day program feature story profiling senior defensive lineman Tommy Walker.
Frank Trotter led a Tiger defense that forced six turnovers and recovered four fumbles
C-USA rivalry matchup slated for a 3:15 p.m. kick on CSS.
Photos from the Memphis-UAB football game on Nov. 12, 2011.
Saw action in 10 games on the offensive line, and made eight starts at right tackle...Worked every offensive play (318 plays) in the first five straight games of the season...Worked a season-high 72 plays in the Middle Tennessee game...Also logged every play versus Southern Miss and Houston...Did not play against Tennessee and Marshall...Was back in the mix as a reserve at right tackle against UAB and UCF...Played just over half of the snaps in those final two contests...Had to adjust to two different quarterbacks throughout the season...Was part of an offensive line that aided Gregory Ray in rushing for more than 100 yards in two games...Protected a true freshman quarterback who threw for over 2,000 yards...Closed out the season having worked 554 of the team's 597 total offensive plays in the 10 games he played in...Made the transition back to defense in the spring...Had a solid showing in the 2011 Blue-Gray Game with five tackles, including two sacks.
Started all 12 games at right tackle on the offensive line...Participated in 72.4 percent of the offensive plays...Saw action on 609 offensive plays...Made his first collegiate start on the o-line at right tackle against Ole Miss and logged 57 of 78 plays...Worked 33 offensive plays against Middle Tennessee...Recorded 35 plays against UT Martin...Logged 42 of 62 offensive plays against Marshall and had one tackle on special teams...Logged 48 of 57 plays against UCF...Worked a career-high 73 of 82 snaps against UTEP...Logged 68 of 78 snaps against Southern Miss...Played in 60 of 74 offensive plays against East Carolina...Worked 41 of 75 plays against Tennessee...Logged 46 of 74 offensive plays against UAB...Participated in 61 of 73 snaps against Houston...Saw action on 45 of 56 plays against Tulsa...Was part of an offensive line that enabled Curtis Steele to rush for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns...Offensive line gave way to just 17 sacks, which ranked third in Conference USA and 39th nationally...Adjusted throughout the season as Memphis used three different starters at quarterback.
Redshirted during the 2008 season after playing as a true freshman in 2007...Was presented one of the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year awards at the 2008 team banquet...Made the transition from defensive line to offensive line during spring workouts in 2009.
One of four freshmen to see playing time in 2007...Played in 10 games in the defensive front...Totaled seven tackles, four of which were solo stops...Made his first collegiate appearance against Jacksonville State and had two solo tackles in the game...Recorded a solo tackle in the second quarter that denied first-down yardage and brought up 3rd-and-4...JSU punted two plays later...Credited with another solo stop later in the second quarter...Assisted on a stop against UCF...Registered two assisted tackles versus Arkansas State and two solo strike against Middle Tennessee...Made a solo strike in the third quarter that stopped MTSU's drive and forced the Raiders into a 45-yard field goal that they missed...Dropped Phillip Tanner for a loss of two yards in the fourth quarter...Continued to work with the defensive line in the spring...Was presented the Ralph Hatley Scholar Athlete Award at the 2008 Blue-Gray Game...The award is presented annually to a Tiger football player who plans a career in the field of health, physical education or recreation.
Named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for the spring 2010 semester...Graduated in May 2011, and will pursue a second degree during the remainder of his eligibility.
Played one season at Munford High for coach Wayne Randall after transferring from Frayser High in Memphis...Played both offensive and defensive line...Helped MHS to an 8-4 record and a 5-0 record in conference in 2006...Squad advanced to the second round of the playoffs...Credited with 96 tackles and 20 sacks in 2006 and was named all-state for his efforts...Was a two-time all-metro honoree...Selected Tipton County All-Region...Selected to the Tennessee Dream Team...Named the team's MVP and Most Valuable Lineman...Was a permanent team captain at Munford...Invited to participate in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game.
Tommy James Walker is the son of Mary Henderson...Born August 12, 1988, in Memphis, Tenn.