We all seemingly knew that this day was coming with Charles Walker. He disappeared after the Ohio State game and was diagnosed with a concussion.
You will find no big proponent of player safety than me, but here we are as the Sooners enter their home stretch and they are now down a player who according to Mike Stoops has quit. With Charles Walker’s talent, I firmly believe he could have greatly enhanced the Sooners defense and help lead this team to a Big 12 championship and who knows even the College Football Playoff.
Here is the confirmation of Walker’s decision.
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) November 15, 2016
Mike Stoops on Walker's decision: It's disappointing. It hurts you as a coach when a guy quits on you. #Sooners
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) November 16, 2016
I remember one of the first articles I wrote for Crimson and Cream Machine where I stated that Charles Walker was on a path to becoming one of the best defensive linemen in the nation. He has the speed, the size, and the quickness to be a huge disruptive force on the Sooners defense, but that prediction is one that sadly never quite came to fruition.
Walker will now focus on preparation for the NFL draft and will leave OU fans wondering what could have been. This decision will undoubtedly leave question for NFL GMs, who seemingly turn over every rock to decide whether or not to draft a player. I’m not sure this decision helps Walker, but time will tell.
The frustrating thing is that it didn’t have to end this way. I wish nothing but success for Walker as he transitions to the NFL, but if past decisions are in anyway indicative of future success, then count me as a skeptic.