After a nice season in 2002, Walter Lacey returns as a 2-way starter at both wide receiver and defensive back. He managed 15 catches, 315 yards, and 2 touchdowns at the wideout slot. On defense, he had two interceptions and 52 tackles. On special teams, Walter averaged 21.5 yards per return.
Coach Murphy believes that his ability to excel at multiple positions is his greatest strength; he is "very versatile as a player. As a receiver he could play all the different positions as a receiver. He can play corner, a high safety, or a low safety."
Lacey, like many talented players, has a shot at playing at the next level, but he will need to continue to work hard to maximize his potential. Currently he is working on his strength, speed, technique, and film study.
"He needs to get stronger. Obviously speed is something we always need to work on. From a perspective of the game, he needs to study more through film study. I think every player needs to work on is technique – not just Walt. It has not been perfected at any level. It is something we work on all the time," said Murphy.
Speaking of hard work…
Murphy appreciates what he sees from Lacey off of the field as well. He relates that Walter's teammates like the young man and that "Walt has great character as a person and one of the things he needs to work on is going to be his academics. As a person he has great character. He is a good young man. Walt works very hard. What is tough for him right now is being in three sports does not provide him with the opportunity to get in the weightroom as much as he would like."
Other Sports: Basketball and Track.
Height and Weight: 6-0, 170 lbs