LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) - University of Kentucky sophomore Charles Walker says he's never exceeded his own expections because he's striving for new ones every day.
It's safe to say he's exceeded the expectations of others in the world of college football.
Walker was an outstanding running back at St. Xavier and has now transformed himself into a receiver and punt returner at Kentucky.
"(UK receivers coach Tommy) Mainord has helped me out greatly with that. At St. X, I was mostly a running back and I was out in the slot a little bit, so my route running was not that good when I first got here," Walker said.
Walker passed up a scholarship offer at Western Kentucky to walk on at UK. The decision came down to Kentucky (his mother's alma mater) and Louisville (his father's alma mater).
"It was always a kind of 'house divided' thing. As a young kid, I was back and forth (as a fan) so when recruiting started, I really just said 'you know, if I'm looking at both schools, I can't favor one school over the other," he says. "I just kind of cut off my fanhood there and of course, I'm here now."
Walker played on special teams as a true freshman and has appeared on special teams and as a receiver this year with UK. He has just over 60 yards receiving, but continues to fight for playing time.
"He's got very reliable hands. He's had a wrist injury for the most part of the year, so he's (had to wear a brace). But he's a really tough kid. Good energy and he's a good kid to be around," said Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
Walker could see more time on the field Saturday night when the Wildcats (4-6) host Charlotte (2-8). Kentucky is heavily favored in the matchup that would give them their fifth win of the season. Redshirt freshman Drew Barker is expected to start at quarterback for Kentucky. Barker is replacing Patrick Towles.
"Both quarterbacks provide (offense) really equally," said Walker. " It really doesn't matter to us who's at QB. We're just ready to get these next two wins and get bowl eligible."
UK will kick it off Saturday night at 7:30 in Commonwealth Stadium. The season finale against Louisville is scheduled for noon November 28th in Lexington.
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