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Walker a defensive standout for Bates (Boston.com)

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 by Freshman VPs

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By Marvin Pave
Globe Correspondent / November 6, 2008

Former Needham High standout Myles Walker has been a rock on defense at Bates College this fall.

The sophomore linebacker registered a team-high 11 tackles in last weekend's 55-14 loss to Bowdoin. Through seven games, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Walker led Bates with 38 solo and 19 assisted tackles after not registering a single tackle as a freshman playing primarily on special teams.

Walker has also chipped in with three tackles for losses, a sack, two pass breakups, an interception, a fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles.

In the Bobcats' 31-21 win over Colby, Bates' first over the in-state rival since 2002, Walker forced two fumbles (recovering one) and had a jarring pass breakup.

"Myles served his apprenticeship last year and came back bigger and stronger," said Bates coach Mark Harriman. "We ask him to do a lot at his position, and his versatility and athleticism allow him to do it."

Walker's brother, Jamie, who was a first-team New England Small College Athletic Conference running back as a senior at Bates in 2006, holds the program record of 45 carries in a game.

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