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Walt AikensClass: R-Sophomore
Previous School: Harding University HS (Illinois)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
2011 (R-So.) (Football): Started all 12 games at boundary corner in his first year with the program ... ranked fourth on the team with 49 tackles … led the Big South and ranked No. 28 nationally with three forced fumbles … finished seven games with four or more tackles.
Previous School: Transfer from Illinois … did not see any playing time during the 2010 season … earned All-Big Ten freshman honors from The Sporting News following the 2009 season … played in 10 games as a true freshman, starting five games at safety … finished the 2009 season with 32 tackles, 26 of which were solo stops … also added two pass breakups.
Prep: Graduate of Harding High School … letterwinner in basketball and football ... averaged averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in basketball his senior season ... played quarterback and defensive back for the football program ... All-Queen City Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Queen City first-team All-Conference on defense and earned The Gridiron Great award ... first-team all-state by the Charlotte Observer ... named the RedZone Old Spice Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina ... threw for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for approximately 565 yards and five touchdowns, leading team in both categories ... recorded six interceptions, running back one 104 yards for a touchdown ... earned first-team All-Mecklenberg County honors.
Personal: Son of Michele and Walter Aikens … father played basketball at Queens under current Liberty head coach Dale Layer ... birthday is on June 19 … kinesiology major.