Walker boots Panthers to kick for Louisville

Louisville junior Art Carmody is one of the best kickers in college football. Friday, Bobby Petrino landed Carmody's eventual replacement. Brandon Walker, a 6'2, 190 pound standout kicker from Findlay, Ohio, chose Louisville over Big East rival Pittsburgh.

Louisville junior Art Carmody is one of the best kickers in college football. Friday, Bobby Petrino landed Carmody's eventual replacement.

Brandon Walker, a 6'2, 190 pound standout kicker from Findlay, Ohio, chose Louisville over Big East rival Pittsburgh.

"My decision came down to three schools really," Walker said. "Louisville, Pittsburgh and Indiana. It was a very tough decision. It was just a gut feeling to pick Louisville and I knew I was just right with my decision."

Louisville's winning ways of late played a big part in Walker's decision.

"It's an honor to have an opportunity to play for Louisville," Walker said. "They are going to be contending for a BCS bowl every year. They have great facilities and their accounting program is in the top ten nationally. When I told the coaches I was coming to Louisville last weekend after the game they were very excited even with the big win over Miami."

One of the top punter/kickers in the country, Walker held nine scholarship offers - a huge number for a kicker - before casting his lot with U of L.

Prior to announcing his decision, Walker had made a series of unofficial visits to his two finalists. Walker made trip to Louisville to see the Cardinals beat Kentucky and Miami and made a trip to Pittsburgh the week between those games.

As a junior, Walker connected on 43 of 45 extra points and made 9 of 12 field goal attempts, including a 50 yarder against Massillon in the playoffs. He also averaged 37.5 yards per punt.

Walker sid he'll likely make an official visit to Louisville after the season, probably when the Cardinals prepare to play in their bowl game.


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