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Walt Aikens

Class: Junior
Position: DB
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200

Previous School: Harding University HS (Illinois)

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

An Inside Look from the Coaching Staff
• A very talented athlete
• Coaches are looking forward to him being a dominant football player this year
• Has great playmaking ability
• Will be looked to for leadership in the secondary
• Works hard, brings intensity in practice and on game day

2011 (R-So.)
• Big South All-Conference second team
• Started all 11 games at boundary corner in his first year with the program
• Led the Big South and ranked No. 28 nationally with three forced fumbles
• His three forced fumbled tie him for fifth on Liberty's all-time single-season list
• Ranked fourth on the team with 49 tackles
• 31 of his 49 tackles came against Big South opponents
• Tied for team lead with three interceptions
• Forced two fumbles during season opener at N.C. State, tied for second-most in a single game at Liberty
• Sacked N.C. State's Mike Glennon, causing fumble that Francis Bah returned for a touchdown
• Picked off two passes at Lehigh, and added an interception versus Robert Morris
• Totaled a season-high eight tackles (five solo, three assisted) at Charleston Southern
• Registered a nine-yard sack at Charleston Southern, forcing a fumble on the play
• Made six stops against VMI, tying season high with five solo stops
• Closed out the year with seven tackles (four solo, three assisted) against Stony Brook
• Helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game)
• Flames finished No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game)

Previous School
• Transfer from Illinois of the Big Ten
• 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, and added two pass breakups

Prep
• Graduate of Harding University High School, where he played quarterback and defensive back
•  All-Queen City Conference Offensive Player of the Year
•  All-Queen City first team all-conference on defense and earned The Gridiron Great award
•  Name first team all-state by the Charlotte Observer
•  RedZone Old Spice Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina
•  Threw for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 565 yards and five touchdowns
•  Recorded six interceptions, running back one 104 yards for a touchdown
•  Earned first team All-Mecklenburg County honors

Personal
• Son of Michele and Walter Aikens
• Birthday is on June 19
• Exercise science major