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Catching Up with Walt Aikens
Following two Bowl game appearances and several weeks of workouts, former Flames standout Walt Aikens returns to campus today for Liberty's Pro Day where LFSN caught up with him.
After finishing up the best year of his Liberty career, Aikens was able to participate in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C., and the 65th annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Aikens shined in both games, helping raise his draft status where he is looking to become the first Liberty player selected in the NFL Draft since Rashad Jennings was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. This year's NFL Draft is scheduled for May 8-10.
Aikens is a three-time Big South all-conference honoree, taking first-team honors in 2013 and second-team accolades in 2011 and 2012.
Aikens tied for the team lead in 2013 for the Flames with 62 tackles. He led the Flames and ranked third in the Big South with 50 solo tackles. He helped Liberty rank No. 5 in the country in interceptions (19), individually recording three interceptions to give him seven for his career.
During today's Pro Day workouts, Aikens showcased his abilities before more than 20 NFL scouts. He was tested in the vertical jump, standing long jump, 225-pound bench press, 40-yard dash, short shuttle and the three-cone drill.
Following his workouts, which included some time on the Williams Stadium playing field, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to talk with Aikens. The two talked about Aikens' journey to play professionally and what has been keeping him busy since he last helped Liberty claim its sixth Big South title in the last seven seasons in November.