Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, January 18 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
More Honors For Tariq Woolen & Kenneth Walker III
On Tuesday, Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III and cornerback Tariq Woolen were announced as finalists for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. While the votes are still being cast in the league’s highest honor for a first-year player, analysts David Carr and Kevin Patra name the pair to Around the NFL’s All Rookie team for 2022.
Both Walker and Woolen played key roles in Seattle's 9-8 season that culminated in a playoff berth. In just 15 games, Walker joined Seahawks Legend Curt Warner as the only backs in team history to reach 1,000 yards as a rookie. The Michigan State alum's nine touchdowns on the ground tied for No.10 league-wide, along with finishing the regular season with three-consecutive 100-yard games. NFL Analyst and former quarterback David Carr breaks down Walker's inclusion on the all-rookie team.
Seattle Seahawks · Michigan State
DRAFTED: Round 2, No. 41 overall
Walker solidified his place on this list long before Week 18, when he racked up 114 yards -- 20 of which came on one play -- on the game-winning drive in overtime, or Week 17, when he dashed off a 60-yard scamper on the first play from scrimmage. He made plays like that all season to help the Seahawks ultimately reach the playoffs. Walker missed two games -- he was inactive in Week 1 due to a hernia procedure and in Week 14 with an ankle injury -- and still led all rookies in rushing yards (1,050) and rushing touchdowns (nine). In a wide-open Offensive Rookie of the Year race, Walker has a real chance to be the first running back since Saquon Barkley (2018) to win the award. The Seahawks couldn't get past the Niners on Saturday, but they have a key piece for the future in Walker.
Texas-San Antonio alum Tariq Woolen was a weekly sensation throughout 2022, as he tied for the league-lead in interceptions (6) and tied for fourth in passes defensed (16). Kevin Patra of Around the NFL breaks down Woolen's inclusion and his phenomenal rookie campaign.
Seattle Seahawks · Texas-San Antonio
DRAFTED: Round 5, No. 153 overall
To call Woolen a steal would be an understatement. The fifth-round pick is a ballhawk, netting six interceptions, tied for the NFL lead, with 16 passes defended. The 6-4 corner possesses the size and length to lock up wideouts. Perhaps more impressive is his closing speed with the ball in the air. Quarterbacks think they have a window, and Woolen slams it shut. A perfect fit in Seattle's defense, the rookie allowed just a 49.8 passer rating against, the lowest among all corners with least 200 coverage snaps, per Next Gen Stats.
While Seattle's season may have ended before they'd liked, building a championship contender around the pieces they have in place are a lot easier when you find gems like this pair.
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Cast your vote for the Seahawks duo of running back Kenneth Walker III and cornerback Tariq Woolen for Pepsi's Rookie of the Year Award
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Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seahawks' Wild Card game vs. the San Francisco 49ers on January 14, 2023 at Levi's Stadium. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.