Kansas State vs. #18 Texas, Reggie Walker

Kansas State junior defensive end Reggie Walker (51) forces a fumble against Texas sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) during last season’s game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

One of Kansas State’s top defenders won’t be able to fully participate in practice in the next few days.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Reggie Walker, K-State’s lone selection on the preseason All-Big 12 team, didn’t take part in Monday’s session. During a post-practice press conference Monday, head coach Chris Klieman revealed the nature of Walker’s injury.

“He turned an ankle during the last week of summer conditioning,” Klieman said. “We anticipate him being out for about a week.”

Klieman said Walker already is “progressing pretty well” as he works off to the side on his own.

“I would assume Reggie would probably practice next week,” Klieman said. “He’s behind a little bit, but once again, here’s a fifth-year guy who’s played an awful lot of football. So he’ll be all right.”

Walker begins his final season at K-State with 16 career sacks, needing two more to enter the school’s all-time top-10 list in that category. He’s also recorded 30 tackles for loss as a Wildcat. With eight forced fumbles, he is tied for third in program history and just one fumble away from the school record. His forced fumble total is tied for second most nationally among active players.

Half of those forced fumbles came last season, when he tallied 35 tackles (12.5 for loss) and 7.5 sacks. He ranked among the top 10 in the Big 12 in three categories in 2018: forced fumbles (first), sacks (sixth) and tackles for loss (tied for eighth).

Peep the video of Walker working out Monday via Pete Francis, the sports director at KSNTNews.

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