What Went Stood Out: Aundrey Walker is a behemoth of a man, standing at a casaul 6-foot-6 and throwing around 300-plus pounds of muscle and force. He is an intimidating force on the front line and he knows how to use his size to render those who go against him useless. When he was healthy, Walker was the difference between Barkley having time to make a play, and him having to scramble or get forced to the ground. This spring, he and fellow LT Max Tuerk will again battle for the LT spot, and his gift of size and strength give him a slight advantage over his competition.
What Needed Work:Staying healthy. Walker was hurt often in 2012, which really hindered his fluidity at the position. Beyond that, he was generally inconsistent and seemed to shy away from getting the starting spot over Tuerk. Walker has yet to really display that killer instinct that made the Trojans go all the way to Ohio to get him, and he needs to start making that evident if he wants to have the illustrious career it was suggested he would have.
Final Word:Walker has all of the mechanics and natural talent to excel as an offensive lineman at the collegiate level. He hasn’t shown it yet, but give him time to get healthy and work on his technique, and we could see an entirely different player in 2013 than we did this past season. It’s too early to call him a bust, however if he does not turn it around this spring, he could easily become another cautionary tale of What Could Have Been.