Continuing our AAF Player Spotlight Interview series, 365 Sports Network owner Justin Kish spoke to newly signed Arizona Hotshots and former UCLA Bruins wide receiver Kenneth Walker III.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for you’re time Kenneth, how are things going for you today?
Kenneth Walker III: Things are going great for me, just staying healthy and busy. Staying out of trouble. Have a lot more time on my hands so I wrote a Children’s book. It’s the Kenneth Walker III story “Never give up”.
Justin David Kish: You are the newest signee of the Arizona Hotshots. Please tell us about you’re journey that led to you joining the Hotshots?
Kenneth Walker III: What led me to the Hotshots was just wanting to continue my dreams of playing professional football. Obviously, this is not the level I wanna be at but I truly believe this league will take off and become another great process for athletes wanting to make it to the NFL or just love the game of football.
Justin David Kish: During you’re college career you played for the UCLA Bruins under Jim Mora at head coach and Noel Mazzone. What did you learn from both coaches during you’re UCLA tenure?
Kenneth Walker III: What I learned from Coach Mora and Coach Mazzone is to never give up. Always continue to work hard especially when no one is looking. Play the next play and continue moving forward.
Justin David Kish: You went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft but signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the time spent with the Jaguars, what experience did you pick up with them?
Kenneth Walker III: My time with the Jaguars was a great experience. Being around some of the greats of the game was a blessing. The main thing I picked up from them was to take care of my body and stay in that playbook. Everything else will work its way out. I also learned that there’s nothing wrong with being early and there’s nothing wrong with leaving late.
Justin David Kish: What traits do you bring to the Arizona Hotshots?
Kenneth Walker III: I bring speed, route running, to the table. I’m also 5’9 but I play like I’m 6’3.
Justin David Kish: The Arizona Hotshots are coached by a familiar UCLA face in Rick Neuheisel who brought in former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze at offensive coordinator. What do you know about both coaches and how do you fit into Coach Freeze’s offense?
Kenneth Walker III: I don’t know too much about Coach Freeze. But i know coach Neuheisel loves speed.
Justin David Kish: You are joining a Hotshots receiving core that features fellow interviewee Prince Shonola, Jordan Villamin, and Richard Mullaney. How do you separate yourself from the rest of the pack?
Kenneth Walker III: I’m not different from anybody else in these league I play to win and I respect everyone and what they bring to the table. I just love competition.
Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver, you have to have communication with your quarterbacks. Arizona has former Arizona State Sun Devil Mike Bercovici and Penn Alek Torgersen. Have you spoken to any of these guys? And if so what about?
Kenneth Walker III: I haven’t had any communication with the quarterbacks yet.
Justin David Kish: What are we to expect from Kenneth Walker in 2019 and beyond?
Kenneth Walker III: From me, you will see all-out effort 100 percent of the time. You will see passion and love for the game of football. And also speed.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for you’re time Kenneth, is there anything you would like to add?
Kenneth Walker III: Thank you for this interview.