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Oklahoma football: Casey Walker said absence for 'personal issues' is in the past

The senior defensive tackle is ready for his last trip down the Cotton Bowl tunnel for the Red Rivalry
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 10, 2012

In the 2011 Red River Rivalry, Walker recorded his first career sack, compiled a career-high two tackles for loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Sooners.

“I had a good game last year,” Walker said, “but this is a new year, and I plan on having a better game than last year. Every year is about improving.”

Improvement is what Garland High School football coach Jeff Jordan saw from his former star. He watched Walker develop into a major college recruit; but Walker was a young man the coach had to sit down for a discussion about maturity. Walker, Jordan said, was the “typical 17 or 18 year old that does silly things.”

Jordan said now when Walker comes home, he usually drops by the football office. That was the case during Oklahoma's second bye week.

Jordan said Walker mentioned that he had taken some time off from football. But the coach didn't pry and the former Garland High player didn't offer.

Jordan said Walker has grown into a mature young man, one who was recently married.

Walker's about to take his last trip down the aisle of the Cotton Bowl's tunnel on Saturday, leaving behind the questions and the concerns. Moving forward is the only way he wants to go.

“I never lost a step,” Walker said. “My shape is pretty good. I'm just gonna go out and ball.”

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