General of the Week: Walker Brand, ’18

Sophomore running back Walker Brand helped lead the football team to a 42-14 victory over Emory and Henry College last Saturday, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He has 534 yards and four touchdowmns on the season. Brand sat down with us at The Ring-tum Phi this week to talk about football, his hobbies and more.

Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

Alden Ewing

Phi: What made you want to start playing football?

Walker Brand: I think the natural instinct of any young boy to hit someone kicked in.  Also, going to my older brother’s football games had an impact.  But as far as I can remember I have always had a football in my hand, so I just ran with it.

Phi:  Why do you think the team has improved so much this year?

WB: Our team has improved so much from last year because we are a much more experienced team and with that, we have become closer to each other.

Phi: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the team?

WB: The team’s strengths would definitely be how competitive we are and how well we mesh together.  However, despite being more experienced than last year, we still are a young team.

Phi: How have you felt about your performance this year as a whole?

WB: Each day I feel that I have stuck to my commitment to the team, to do the best that I can.  With that said, though sometimes I might not have a breakout performance, I am satisfied with how I have played and can call this season a success.

Phi: What goals would you outline for yourself and the team for the rest of the year?

WB: As a team, we take the season week by week, focusing on the upcoming game. But all along, we have a goal in mind to be ODAC champions, and we know if we win each week, we can accomplish that goal.

Phi: What do you like to do when you’re not playing football?

WB: When I’m not doing anything related to football, school, or any other extracurricular activity, I like to find a quiet place somewhere away from the distractions of college life and enjoy the sweet presence of the Lord.

Phi: What is something about the team that would surprise people?

WB: During training camp, we went to the drive-in movie theater and the pool as a team. We have also just about put Salerno’s out of business a few times when we eat there before some games.