Ottawa Rough Riders

Skip Walker - Running Back - 1982-84 - Texas A&M

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Alvin ‘Skip’ Walker was a star running back at Texas A&M, he was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 11th round (311 overall) of the 1976 NFL draft. After limited time with Houston, Walker came north and joined the Montreal Alouettes for the 1980 season. Walker teamed with 1979 League Most Outstanding Player David Green to form the most potent 1-2 running back combination in the league. As the #2 back Walker would contribute 692 yards on just 114 carries for a 6.1 per carry average and an amazing 9 touchdowns.

 

In 1981, the Montreal Alouettes under the new ownership of Nelson Skalbania turned the football world on its ear with a number of high profile signings that included quarterback Vince Ferragamo, receiver Billy “White Shoes’ Johnson and running back David Overstreeet. Walker was lost in the shuffle with only 17 carries in 9 games that year as Montreal finished with a terrible record of 2-14. Skip was underappreciated and underused in Montreal – another casualty of the 1981 experiment

 

In 1982, Walker moved down the highway to join the Ottawa Rough Riders. With Ottawa the powerful Walker would be the #1 back and he delivered with an All-Star season. Behind a strong offensive line anchored by Rudy Phillips, Walker had 13 rushing touchdowns and 1,141 yards on the ground he added 5 receiving touchdowns to go with 536 yards receiving. It was a breakthrough season for Walker to the delight of Rough Rider fans. The Texas native proved it was no fluke with an even better season in 1983. Walker was named a repeat League All-Star in 1983 as he led the league with 1,432 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground – he would add 317 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown

 

1984 would be Skip’s final season in the CFL as he played just 6 games totalling 256 rushing yards. Walker was the leagues most dominant back from 1982-83 with Ottawa. Walker arrived in Ottawa and delivered 2 outstanding seasons. He is fondly remembered for his power and speed.

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Skip Walker     Texas A&M
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1980 Mtl 114 692 6.1 64 9
1981 Mtl 17 54 3.2 25 0
1982 Ott 210 1,141 5.4 35 13
1983 Ott 238 1,431 6.0 56 10
1984 Ott 69 256 3.7 18 1
Total 5 648 3,574 5.5 64 33

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1980 Mtl 34 511 15.0 75 1
1981 Mtl 11 116 10.5 32 0
1982 Ott 28 536 19.1 96 5
1983 Ott 28 317 11.3 48 1
1984 Ott 13 145 11.2 34 0
Total 5 114 1,625 67.2 96 7