Teaching a new Dawg some old tricks

Roughly a year and a half ago, Clay Walker was winning the prestigious Frank Kush award, annually given out to Arizona's top prep lineman, having rolled the competition as a starting guard for Horizon High School in Scottsdale. So when Clay signed with Washington it was pretty clear where he was going to play, right? Well, a couple of injuries to Todd Bachert and Brad Vanneman later and Walker is now looking at the number one center spot heading into spring drills.

"I've never played center before but I only have one goal - to get playing time and start," Walker told Dawgman.com. "That's my goal. I've been practicing Tuesdays and Thursdays with Cody, Casey and Isaiah, so that's helped. They've been showing me the ropes, making sure I don't break their fingers. At first it wasn't natural, but I'm getting the hang of it. We'll see during spring what happens."

Clay has put on 10 quality pounds since he arrived this past fall, now tipping the scales at a rock-solid 285. "I eat as much as I can," Walker said. "295 would be a great weight for me personally. 10 extra pounds would be perfect."

Gaining 10 extra pounds with the conditioning he's doing might be tougher than imagined. "I never had to do anything like mat drills before, but it's nothing like the Arizona heat either," Clay said. "It's a lot tougher up here with Steve (Emtman) and Pete (Kaligis) training us.

"I didn't know he (Emtman) was involved with the program at all when I signed, but it's a positive now. He's added toughness. He's trying to get us meaner. It's all good. We'll find out this spring."

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