Reggie Walker Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior defensive end Reggie Walker was named to the 2019 Preseason All-Big 12 team as chosen by media representatives who cover the league, the conference office announced Tuesday.

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Walker, a first-time honoree, was a 2017 Second Team All-Big 12 performer as a sophomore a year after earning Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year accolades in 2016. He has 16.0 career sacks sit two away from entering the school’s top-10 list, while his 30.0 tackles for loss are nine shy of entering the K-State record book.

A ballhawk throughout his career, Walker has eight career forced fumbles to tie for third in school history – one shy of the school record – and tie for second nationally among active players. Half of his career forced fumbles came last season when he also totaled 35 tackles, 12.5 TFLs and 7.5 sacks. He led the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally in forced fumbles in 2018, in addition to ranking sixth in the conference in sacks and tied for eighth in TFLs.

Kansas State travels to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, next Tuesday to participate in 2019 Big 12 Football Media Days. Walker has been added to the list of Wildcat representatives, joining head coach Chris Klieman, Skylar Thompson, Dalton Schoen, Wyatt Hubert, Trey Dishon and Denzel Goolsby.

Live coverage of media day will be from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., on FS2, FCS Central and various FSN regional affiliates. Fans can follow the Wildcats at Big 12 Media Day on K-State’s various digital media outlets –, Twitter (@KStateFB), Facebook (@KStateSports) and Instagram (@KStateFB).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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