The Seahawks 2022 rookie class continued to shine in Week 7, aiding in a 37-23 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Rookie running back Kenneth Walker III continues to shine as his workload increases, and for his play Sunday he earned FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors.
Expectations have been high for Walker since Seattle selected the former Michigan State Spartan in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 2021 Doak Campbell trophy and Walter Camp Player of the Year award winner has been promoted to Seattle's primary back following running back Rashaad Penny’s broken fibula suffered in Week 5. After scoring his first career touchdown on a 69-yard run in Seattle's 39-32 loss to New Orleans, Walker has been on a tear, rushing for 265 yards and three touchdowns over his last two games. In Seattle's 37-23 win over the Saints, Walker III rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries (7.3 ypc), and helped seal the win with a 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
On Sunday, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll discussed Walker's 74-yard touchdown following the win.
"Somebody was hollering about there might have been a flag or something," said Carroll. "So I didn't get to enjoy it quite as much as I will. The guys went nuts about it. It just looked so cool. He just came right to us. I think it was [TE Will] Dissly and [TE] Noah [Fant], they had a great combination block to get the thing sprung and out he went. I don't think anybody touched him. He certainly has big-play ability. You can see the speed that he has. It wasn't even in doubt. It's really exciting to see that happen."
Carroll also reflected on Walker's performance and overall abilities: "He really did have some terrific runs. He had a great three-yard run one time when he got caught in the backfield. He just has a ton of ability. He's really a natural football player. There is nothing he can't do. There is nothing he can't do. He can catch it. He can run it. He can break big plays. He can run short yardage. He can run off tackle. He can run around the edge like you saw him on the big play. It's a terrific draft pick. He's a terrific guy to add to our football team and he's doing it."
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from Week 7 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers on October 23, 2022 at SoFi Stadium. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.