Northwestern got some national recognition Sunday morning, as linebacker Anthony Walker, Jr. was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Walker, who was named a first-team all-conference linebacker by both the media and the coaches, is on the third team with USC Su’a Cravens and Stanford’s Blake Martinez. He is one of two Big Ten linebackers on the All-America teams, as Wisconsin’s Joe Schoberts was a second-team selection.
Walker led the Wildcats with 113 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss. He finished fifth in the Big Ten in tackles, and tied with Penn State’s Carl Nassib atop the league in tackles for loss. Nassib was named a first-team All-American defensive end.
Walker is the first Wildcat to achieve All-American status since kicker Jeff Budzien in 2013, and the first Northwestern linebacker to earn the honor since Pat Fitzgerald in 1996.
Walker and the Wildcats face Tennessee in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa.