2005: Walker was moved back to cornerback prior to 2005 spring practice (after spending the last half of 2004 at wide receiver) and he will be a backup there as a senior in 2005. He missed most of 2005 spring drills after breaking his right hand.
2004: Walker, who began his 2004 junior season as a reserve cornerback, was moved to wide receiver by midseason and served as a reserve there. He also played on special teams. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he caught a 22-yard pass (against Washington, the first of his career) and made 3 tackles (1 each against Colorado State, California and Washington State).
2003: Walker was a reserve cornerback and played on some special teams as a sophomore in 2003. Overall in 2003 while appearing in 10 games (all but California, Arizona State and Washington), he had 3 tackles and a deflection (all against Stanford).
2002: Walker was a backup free safety (he also was available at cornerback) and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2002. Overall in 2002 while appearing in all 13 games, he made 2 tackles. He also picked up a loose punt and returned it 4 yards against Iowa in the Orange Bowl. He missed part of 2002 spring practice while concentrating on his academics.
2001: Walker redshirted as a freshman safety and cornerback in 2001, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named a 2000 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-L.A. City, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley first team choice as a senior at Birmingham High in Van Nuys (Calif.). He had 5 interceptions (1 for a TD) as a defensive back, 30 receptions for 640 yards (21.3 avg.) and 5 TDs as a wide receiver, and 2 kickoff returns for scores in 2000. In one game, he scored 3 times on just 5 catches (for 136 yards). Birmingham went 10-2 in 2000.
As a 1999 junior, he was All-L.A. City second team and All-West Valley League while making 78 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
In 1998 as a sophomore, he made the All-Northwest Valley League first team.
He also was on the basketball and track teams at Birmingham, with bests of 14.2 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 6-3 in the high jump (he won the Sportsmanship Award at the 2000 California state meet). He was third in both the 110-meter high hurdles (14.44) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (39.35) at the 2001 L.A. City meet. He was ninth at the 2001 California State meet in the high hurdles in 14.95 (he ran 14.25 in the prelims); he also ran 49.06 in the intermediate hurdles prelims, but did not advance to the finals.
PERSONAL: He's a political science/American studies and ethnicity major at USC. He was born in Wahiawa, Hi. As a youngster, he was a television actor who appeared in such shows as "E.R." and "7th Heaven" (in fact, he didn't play football until his sophomore season at Birmingham because of a clause in his acting contract that prevented him from doing anything that could affect his appearance).
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JOHN WALKER