Still, Stoops said, there was plenty of room for improvement.
“We’re not seeing him and his full ability yet,” Stoops said. “I don’t anticipate we will until next fall or until he gets some more repetitions in this system. It’s hard for your skill set to really show up. … When you’re thinking all the time it’s very difficult and learning how to take on blocks, until you get enough quality reps that you can really just go out there and play, I think he’s a guy that continues to improve.”
Stoops said it might take some time for Walker’s skills to show themselves on Saturdays though.
“You’re asking a lot,” he said. “Eric Striker wasn’t Eric Striker until this year if you remember right. Maybe that was our fault not playing him more the year before, but it takes awhile. Hopefully Charles, the light will turn on and you’ll see him start to make plays.”
JOHNSON WORKS THROUGH ISSUES
Cortez Johnson went through preseason workouts as the starting cornerback before a one-game suspension opened the door for Zack Sanchez to take over.
Sanchez quickly became a fixture in the secondary and Johnson didn’t see regular playing time.
Johnson said Thursday his off-the-field issues weren’t done after the suspension and he never recovered.
“My fault,” Johnson said. “It was all on me.”
Johnson said his issues involved family matters and poor study habits.
“I had a talk with Coach and we got things straight. I’m back on track,” Johnson said.
With Aaron Colvin’s departure opening up a spot opposite Sanchez, Johnson is trying to make the most of another opportunity.
“He knows I can be a great player,” Johnson said of Mike Stoops, who coached Johnson as a freshman at Arizona. “He brought me up here. Making bad decisions like I did last year wasn’t a great step to take. I learned from that. He kinda took me back in and gave me another shot. I’m trying to take advantage of it.”