Jan. 26, 2010
Baylor All-American J.D. Walton will play for the South team in the 61st annual Under Armour Senior Bowl Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The annual collegiate all-star game kicks off at 3 p.m. CST and will be televised live on NFL Network HD.
The veteran center, who following the 2009 season became Baylor's first non-special teams player to be named an Associated Press All-American since 1991, joined more than 100 of the nation's top senior collegiate players in Mobile this week for the country's top pre-draft all-star game. Walton, who graduated from Baylor in December with a degree in speech communications, will be coached on the South squad by head coach Tony Sparano and the Miami Dolphins coaching staff.
In addition to his first-team AP All-America honor, Walton received All-America recognition from Pro Football Weekly and CollegeFootballInsiders.com (honorable mention). He was a consensus All-Big 12 selection.
Walton was a finalist for the 2009 Rimington Trophy and is the No. 2-rated NFL Draft prospect at the center position among seniors by ESPN's Mel Kiper. He recorded 112 knockdowns in 12 games this season (9.3 per game) and earned a coach's grade of 90 percent or higher in nine of 12 games with no grade lower than 86 percent.
The senior from Allen, Texas, will attend the 2010 NFL Combine and was also invited to the East-West Shrine game. Walton was on watch lists for the 2009 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He finished his career with 36 consecutive starts at Baylor after transferring from Arizona State in 2006.
Walton will become the 43rd Baylor student-athlete to compete in the Senior Bowl and the first since Daniel Sepulveda played in the 2007 game. All-American lineman Jason Smith was invited to last year's Senior Bowl, but did not compete.