Gary Walker Interview
Sr / Idaho / Safety

Updated - 4-8-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Gary Walker:  I am 5’11, almost 6’0.  I am 191 pounds.  I ran a 4.52 or a 4.53 when I got timed at the Pro Day and last week at the private workout.    


Alex Khvatov:  When you were coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Gary Walker:  Oregon State, Arizona State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Idaho, UCLA and Southern Utah.    


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose Idaho?

Gary Walker:  Those PAC-12 schools were backing in and out during the recruiting process.  I felt like they didn’t have too much loyalty towards me.  Idaho showed a lot more loyalty.  That was one of the ways why I got to Idaho. 


Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your career at Idaho. 

Gary Walker:  I just think as a team, we could have performed better for all of those years that I was there.  That is the one thing that still haunts me to this day.  We weren’t really able to compete for a WAC championship or another bowl game.  But it was definitely a good experience.  It taught me a lot.  I got to meet a lot of guys from different areas.  The experience was definitely good.  I am glad that I went there.  I just wish that we would have won more games. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?   

Gary Walker:  My strengths are playing at full speed, not giving up, knowing my assignments and being to execute it as well. 


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Gary Walker:  Probably being able to know what the offense is doing and how they are trying to attack.  Maybe I need more film study.  I need to be able to dissect what the offense is trying to do.    


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career?

Gary Walker:  The biggest play that I made throughout my career was the interception against LSU.  I went 94 yards.  I wasn’t able to score which still haunts me.  That was probably the biggest play of my career.  One of their receivers caught me from behind.  I went from the one- yard line to their four-yard line.


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?

Gary Walker:  It is called Stars in Anaheim, CA.  Jason David is the main guy here.  He played in the league for five years.     


Alex Khvatov:  Were you happy with the way you performed at the Pro Day?

Gary Walker:  My Pro Day went well.  Personally, there are things that I wanted to do a little bit better.  I feel that I could have done better with my vertical jump.  I also could have gotten a few more reps on the bench.  But I definitely reached the goals that I set for myself.  Overall it was a blessed day. 


Alex Khvatov:  With what team did you have the personal workout with? 

Gary Walker:  There were quite a few teams there.  The Bengals, Bears, Miami, Cleveland, New York and the Raiders.  I was able to perform well.  I ran the same forty time that I did at my pro day.  I was in the low 4.5’s.  The scouts told my agent that it is exactly what they wanted to see.  A lot of people thought that I was a 4.6 or a 4.7 guy.  Being able to run in the low 4.5’s was something that I needed to do.  I am confident that I did well in the positional drills.  I take a lot of pride in it. 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the coolest thing that you have been able to do during this draft process?

Gary Walker:  Since a lot of NFL guys are training where I am at, I am able to pick their brain and get a lot of information from them.  I feel that it is definitely something cool during this process.  Another thing is just going through this experience.  I am able to have the opportunity. 


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player? 

Gary Walker:  Bob Sanders was one of my favorite safeties.  I liked to look at Sean Taylor and Brian Dawkins as well.  Those guys were playing the game at a very high level.  Ed Reed and Earl Thomas are the guys that I watch now.


Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Gary Walker:  I would have to say Bradley Njoku.  He is a safety as well.  He has two more years at Idaho.  He definitely will have an opportunity.  He loves the game of football.             


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy the most about playing the game of football?   

Gary Walker:  It is just fun to go out there.  I enjoy hitting people and running around when I am on the field.  I loved football since I was young.  No one made me pursue football.  I just have the love for this game.  The game is fun and exciting.   


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Gary Walker:  I like to spend a lot of time with my family.  I missed a lot of time with them when I was in Idaho.  I like going to the beach.  I play video games when I have some free time. 


Alex Khvatov:  How does it feel to be a small fish in a large pond? 

Gary Walker:  It doesn’t affect me at all.  I have been in this situation my whole life.  I understand it and accept it.  I take it how it is.  I just use it as motivation to keep doing my best.  I don’t look at it as a negative.  I just look at it as part of life.  It doesn’t bother me.  I feel like when I put my mind to it and focus, it doesn’t matter what anybody else says. 


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Gary Walker is….

Gary Walker:  A hard worker.  I will do whatever it takes to be the best.  I don’t give up.  I have the determination and dedication.  With faith, anything is possible.       


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