Walker Selected by Buccaneers in NFL Draft Third Round
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Michigan wide receiver Marquise Walker (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger HS) was the lone Wolverine selected during the first day of the 2002 NFL Draft held Saturday (April 20) at Madison Square Garden. Walker was a third-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 86th overall pick in the draft.


Walker capped a stellar career at Michigan by gaining All-America first team honors by the American Football Coaches Association. He was named the 2001 Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player after setting U-M season records in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,143) and 100-yard receiving games (six), while catching 11 touchdowns. He added a team-best 23 punt returns for 206 yards last season and added two punt blocks on special teams.

For his career, Walker broke Anthony Carter's school reception mark with 176 career catches. Walker lists fifth in receiving yards (2,269), seventh in touchdowns (17) and tied for second in 100-yard receiving games (nine) during his career. He also set the single-game reception record on two occasions, tallying 15 catches at Washington (Sept. 8) and vs. Ohio State (Nov. 24) last season. Walker finished his career with five career punt blocks.

The fourth through seventh rounds of the draft will be held tomorrow (Sunday, April 21) starting at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN.

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