Oct 25, 2012 4:17 PM by Andrew Masuda
Atascadero High graduate Weston Walker has been Cal Poly's snapper on field goals and extra points all season long. The redshirt freshman is expected to make his first collegiate start on the offensive line this Saturday at Sacramento State for the 7-0 Mustangs.
"It's a great opportunity for me to show the coaches really what I can do against a great team. It's also going to be a lot of pressure, but I'm ready for the challenge and excited for sure," said Walker, an Atascadero High graduate.
Since joining the Mustangs as a walk-on, the 6-4 Walker has put on nearly 50 pounds to play on the line. The Atascadero native says he feels he has improved ever since spring camp. "I had a good summer ball and I've just been practicing as hard as I can to get better. And these reps that I do get in games are really going to show when I play against Sac State hopefully," added Walker.
Weston has seen time on the O-line in four games this season, including last Saturday after starting right tackle Mike Freeman suffered a season-ending injury against Portland State. Backup Karl Winkelman is also recovering from an injury.
Walker says he's it's time for him to seize this opportunity. "This is the final goal, to get playing time. That's really what I'm aiming to do is get on the field and in a big time game like this is. So this really is my dream come true and I just got to take advantage of it," said Walker.
Cal Poly is off to its first 7-0 start since 2004. The Mustangs are ranked 11th in the nation and are one of two undefeated teams left in the FCS. Cal Poly is 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play and tied for first place with #1 ranked Eastern Washington.
Kickoff Saturday in Sacramento is at 6 pm. The Hornets are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. They're coming off a 31-28 loss to EWU.
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