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Auburn Tigers Snapshot Profile: No. 3 Zykeivous Walker

Patrick Conn
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Going into the 2022 football season, Auburn Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Tigers roster.

Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for Bryan Harsin this season.

Our focus here will be junior defensive end Zykeivous Walker, who is entering his third year with the program. Walker signed in the 2020 recruiting class where he was ranked as the No. 79 overall prospect in the class.

Preseason Player Profile

Hometown: Ellaville, Georgia

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 289

247Sports Composite Ranking

Four-Star No. 11 in Georgia No. 3 Strongside Defensive End

Class in 2021: Sophomore

Career Stats

Year G Tackles TFLs Sacks Passes Defended Forced Fumbles
2020 6 14 1.0 1.0 0 0
2021 4 6 1.5 0.0 1 0

PFF Rankings (Team Rankings)

Year Defense Run Def Pass Rush QB Pressures
2020 44.7 (No. 35) 37.2 (No. 32) 60.3 (No.15) 6 (No. 9)
2021 64.6 (No. 16) 61.1 (No. 24) 66.6 (No. 12) 2 (No. 17)

Depth Chart Overview

For Walker, he has shown improvement in his play despite the lower numbers in 2021. We currently have him penciled in as the primary backup for strongside defensive end Colby Wooden.

The positive for Walker is that he provides some position flexibility if the Auburn defensive staff wants to give him time on the field in multiple roles. He fits best at strongside defensive end or as a pass-rushing defensive tackle.

His upcoming spring and fall camps will go a long way in Walker carving out a role on this defense in 2022.

Zykeivous Walker’s Player Gallery

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Syndication: The Montgomery Advertiser

Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Zykeivous Walker (3) dives for a fumbled ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in…

Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Zykeivous Walker (3) dives for a fumbled ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Auburn Tigers leads Akron Zips 37-0. © Jake Crandall via Imagn Content Services, LLC

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AU FB Practice

Jalil Irvin (50), Zykeivous Walker (3) and Tate Johnson (54)

Jalil Irvin (50), Zykeivous Walker (3) and Tate Johnson (54) Auburn football practice on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

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AU FB practice

Kilian Zierer (77) and Zykeivous Walker (3) and Kameron Stutts (62)

Kilian Zierer (77) and Zykeivous Walker (3) and Kameron Stutts (62) AU FB practice on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

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NCAA Football: Arkansas at Auburn

Oct 10, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Zykeivous Walker (3) celebrates sacking Arkansas…

Oct 10, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Zykeivous Walker (3) celebrates sacking Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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NCAA Football: Arkansas at Auburn

Oct 10, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Zykeivous Walker (3) wraps up Arkansas…

Oct 10, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Zykeivous Walker (3) wraps up Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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Saw his younger brother replay last fall. He was a freshman. Hope Auburn offers. He is a tank. 

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my takeaway from this article/pictures is that we have some O lineman that block with their eyes closed

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A real Auburn man and I think he deserves to be recognized as such. Didn't take his ball and run away like others have. Much respect to this young man!

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Would be great if he steps up this year. We got starters, but he could be a very good player

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