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Walter Thurmond III
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Walter Thurmond III 28246
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 183
Year: Senior
City/State: West Covina, Calif.
High School: West Covina HS
Experience: Redshirt
  • 2009 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List (nation's top DB)
  • 2009 Preseason 1st Team All-America (Sporting News)
  • Team Most Inspirational (Gonyea Award)
  • Missed the final nine games of his senior season due to injury
  • Ranks fourth all-time with 37 passes broken up
  • Tied for ninth in career interceptions with 12
  • UO career leader in punt return average (15.0, 11-165)

Born Walter Riley Thurmond III on Aug. 12, 1987 in Hollywood, Calif. Parents: Walter Thurmond Jr. and Kassie Carney. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): West Covina (Mike Maggione) 2005. Major: Political Science. Redshirt: 2005.

2009 — Oregon's top defensive playmaker and team leader was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered returning the opening kickoff vs. California
Continued his string of defensive scores, returning the opening punt 78 yards for a touchdown against Utah, to extend his career TD totals to five ... Tied a school record with his third career interception for a touchdown (18 yards) against Purdue ... Also moved into a tie for ninth in career thefts (12) with his pick against the Boilermakers ... Accumulated 158 all-purpose yards against the Utes after adding 148 return yards in the home opener to his five tackles ... Returned six punts for 60 yards and two kickoffs for 70 yards vs. Purdue before returning the following week to tally 96 yards on four punt returns and 62 yards in kickoff returns ... Made nine tackles (seven solo) at Boise State.

2008 —
Battled injuries for most of the season, but still managed to start 12 of 13 games and finished tied for first in the Pac-10 with five interceptions … Oregon’s seventh-leading tackler and third-team all-conference honoree (Phil Steele Publications) shared the team lead in interceptions, including one pick in the Holiday Bowl victory vs. Oklahoma State … Also had five solo tackles against the Cowboys and returned six kickoffs for a total of 201 yards, including a 91-yarder to open the second half, setting up UO’s second touchdown of the game … Earned the special teams game ball for his work in the season finale … Had a 40-yard interception for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half at Oregon State … Recorded a season-high 10 tackles at California to go along with his lone tackle for loss on the year … Had a pair of interceptions at Washington State and one pick at Arizona State, where he was awarded the team’s defensive game ball … Shared the team lead with nine stops at Purdue … Doubled as a kick returner, running back a team-high 21 kickoffs for a 25.1-yard average … Was team’s second fastest player (4.61 electric 40-yd. time) during offseason conditioning tests.

2007 —
Oregon’s second-leading tackler and 13-game starter finished as the co-leader in the Pacific-10 Conference in passes defended (23) as well as second on the team in interceptions (5) … The league’s honorable mention all-conference choice (coaches) claimed first-team all-Pac-10 attention by after posting a team-high 75 of his 103 tackles unassisted … Posted a season-high 13 tackles vs. California and 12 against USC as he shared the team-lead in stops on three occasions … Included were nine unassisted tackles along with five passes broken up at Michigan, and three tackles for loss vs. the Trojans … Returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown against Fresno State in addition to intercepting a pass late in the opening quarter which led to the Ducks’ fourth TD of the afternoon … Also forced one fumble, blocked on field goal try in addition to picking off a pass against Oregon State … Filled up the stat sheet vs. South Florida in the Sun Bowl with six tackles, 1.0 TFL, two pass breakups and a 25-yard interception … Earned team’s defensive player of the week accolades in consecutive weeks for performances against the Wolverines and Fresno State.

2006 — Oregon’s 12-game starter emerged as one of the top young defensive backs in the Pac-10, earning honorable mention all-conference acclaim as well as third-team Freshman All-America plaudits … The team’s fourth-leading tackler led the Ducks in passes broken up in addition to intercepting his first pass at USC … Paced the defense in tackles in each of his last two outings of the regular season, including a collegiate-best 14 tackles vs. Arizona … Also added eight tackles against Oklahoma, and produced tackles for losses vs. Fresno State, Oklahoma, Arizona and Oregon State … Singled out as the defense’s player of the week for his play against Arizona and Arizona State. Tallied 85 snaps at Fresno State and 78 against Oklahoma in consecutive appearances for a secondary that helped vault the Ducks to 20th in the country in pass defense.

2005 —
Singled out for outstanding scout team play on six occasions during redshirt year, including weekly accolades on both defense and special teams leading up to games against Montana and Stanford.

Considered one of the state’s fastest players, helped lead Bulldogs to CIF Southern Section Division VII championship and a 11-2-1 record with the deciding 19-8 victory over South Hills … Recorded 29 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season in addition to rushing for over 400 yards and two more scores … Added 85 tackles and five interceptions to earn all-San Gabriel Valley Region honors and region back-of-the-year acclaim by the L.A. Times … Also received all-CIF Southern Section second team plaudits as a wide receiver in 2004 after attracting first-team all-San Antonio League, all-CIF and all-Valley attention following his 2003 campaign.


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