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“I knew Herschel was going to be a great player,” Dooley said last week via phone. “The question in my mind was how soon was he going to be great, particularly coming out of a Class A school, the smallest classification. I wasn’t sure.
“On the other hand, I was certainly going to give him the opportunity to see if he can make the adjustment.”
Walker was third on the tailback depth chart behind senior Donnie McMickens and sophomore Carnie Norris. Dooley planned to play each two series before putting Walker in.
By halftime, McMickens would be relegated to special teams and Norris would be a backup the rest of his career.