AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Marietta College senior running back Roger Walker (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week Monday (Oct. 30) afternoon by the league office. This is the second straight week Walker has earned the honor.
Walker had the best game of his career in the Navy Blue and White leading the Pioneers to a 35-28 victory over Ohio Northern University in Ada last weekend. He carried the ball 36 times for 274 yards, both career highs. Walker scored touchdowns on runs of 17, 3, 5 and 66 yards.
Walker's final two touchdowns came in the final four minutes of the game. The Pioneers trailed 28-21 as time was slipping away in the fourth quarter. His five-yard scoring run capped a 13-play drive and tied the game, 28-28. Then, after the MC defense forced Ohio Northern to punt, Walker broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown that put the Pioneers in front, 35-28, with 1:22 left on the clock.
With four touchdowns against the Polar Bears, Walker has scored 47 in his career placing him second on the Pioneers' all-time list. He needs to reach pay dirt seven times in MC's final two games to tie Danté Brown for the Marietta career record of 54 touchdowns.
For the season, Walker has rushed for 1,054 yards, 131.8 per game, on 157 carries. He has scored 13 rushing touchdowns. Walker is currently second in the Ohio Athletic Conference in rushing yards per game and is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns.
With 3,649 career rushing yards, Walked is poised to become just the third Pioneer to eclipse the 4,000-yard plateau. Kenneth Sasu (1997-00) holds the Pioneer career record with 4,727 yards. Danté Brown (1994-97) is second with 4,512 and Evan Lipp (1984-87) is third with 3,844. Walker is currently fourth on the all-time list.
Marietta travels to Columbus this Saturday (Nov. 4) for a 1:30 p.m. match up at Capital University.