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Sophomore middle linebacker Anthony Walker had a career day Sept. 19 at Duke and as a result has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Defensive Player of the Week.


Walker had 14 tackles in the first half alone and finished the game with a career-high 19, marking the most by a Wildcat since the 2005 season. His play was instrumental in the then-23rd-ranked Wildcats limiting the Blue Devils to just 10 points, 36 below their season average entering the game.


The Miami native also had 1.5 tackles for loss, bringing his season total to 6.5, which ranks eighth in the country at an average of 2.2 per game. He is currently second in the Big Ten with 36 total tackles and ranks eighth in the country with 12.0 tackles per game.


Walker is the sixth Northwestern player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, and the second defensive player. (Former Wildcat LB Tim McGarigle was a two-time winner, in October 2004 and October 2005.)


The Wildcats are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2013 season and their fifth under head coach Pat Fitzgerald. They return home to Ryan Field next Saturday, Sept. 26, for a primetime game on the Big Ten Network against regional foe Ball State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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