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Texas A&M Football

Week Three's Overnight Sensation: Jahdae Walker, Wide Receiver

September 18, 2023

Each Monday during the 2023 Texas A&M football season, we’ll identify a first or second-year Aggie player who delivered an exceptional performance over the weekend and earned the distinction of being the week’s ‘Overnight Sensation.’

They call him “All Dae Jahdae” for a reason.

In just his third game for the Maroon & White, Grand Valley State transfer Jahdae Walker stepped up as a key contributor and big-play threat in Texas A&M’s 47-3 victory over Louisiana Monroe.

With two of the A&M’s starting wideouts sidelined, Walker took advantage of his opportunity, posting five receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown.

Quite frankly, Walker’s emergence prevented Texas A&M from having a drop-off in offensive production.

Averaging nearly 21 yards per catch a year ago, Walker had a breakout sophomore season at Grand Valley State, hauling in 30 receptions for 623 yards. Wanting a chance at the Division I level, he transferred to Texas A&M and made his first start on Saturday.

“It takes some guys time, even from big programs to big programs, to adjust,” A&M safety Bryce Anderson said of Walker. “For him to jump up all these levels and make himself available to be the factor he was today, since day one, he's been that guy.”

Walker was more than ready to prove himself. On A&M’s first drive, Walker snagged a 33-yard in-air grab to convert on third down and set up A&M’s first field goal of the game.

Yet, #9 was just getting started.

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In 11 games with the GVSU Lakers last year, Walker hauled in 30 passes for 623 yards and four touchdowns.

His second catch of the day capped off another efficient march downfield as Conner Weigman, who threw with 86 percent accuracy, hit a wide-open Walker in the end zone for his first score as an Aggie.

“He’s just been a very efficient guy for us,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “(It was) just a matter of him getting through the jitters and getting on the field. Getting him going is big because he’s got size, speed and athleticism. He’s a really good player.”

Targeted at least once in each of A&M’s first four drives, Walker proved he belonged. In the second quarter, the transfer added a trio of catches — all 10-plus yard grabs.

Amidst the stats, it is hard not to point out that his teammates rave about him. Since he has stepped foot in Aggieland, Walker has brought an energy with him that was reflected in his play on Saturday.

“Once he got here, he was on top of everything,” receiver Ainias Smith said of Walker. “He was staying extra hours with coach (Fisher) trying to make sure he learned the playbook. (He was) staying extra hours by himself, getting extra jugs (and) doing everything it took to be great. Proof is in the pudding.”

Walker is just another stud in an ultra-talented room of Texas A&M wide receivers.

From Division II ball to the SEC, Walker’s audience may have increased to 10 times the size, but it didn’t prevent him from seizing an opportunity.

Walker’s stats vs. Louisiana Monroe
Receptions: 5
Targets: 6
Yards: 110
Touchdowns: 1
Average yards per catch: 22

Walker’s 2023 stats
Receptions: 8
Targets: 13
Yards: 141
Touchdowns: 1
Average yards per catch: 17.62

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Week Three's Overnight Sensation: Jahdae Walker, Wide Receiver

2,646 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 11 days ago by Meximan
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kid looked great and how can you not root for someone who had to work to get here.
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Very impressive showing on Saturday.
I expect to see him on the field every game going forward.
He showed us he can play and he should.
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I'd sure like to see us use Walker and Thomas more in the red zone.

Get them one on one and toss up a fade.

Better than house odds on those throws.
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I start to wonder if this group will begin to look like the collegiate Greatest Show on Turf

More impact, explosive receivers than you can shake an NIL deal at
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