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Former NFL cornerback, Darnell Walker, Sr. is in his second year as a member of the Tulsa coaching staff. He was appointed as the Golden Hurricane cornerbacks coach on February 28, 2012.
Walker came to Tulsa following three years coaching the defensive backs at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. He helped the Bearcats post three straight winning seasons and compile 19 victories in that time span. Before that, Walker spent six seasons at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the Warriors defensive secondary coach.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Walker spent eight seasons in the NFL playing cornerback. He was a seventh round pick, the 178th overall selection, in the 1993 NFL Draft and spent his first four years with the Atlanta Falcons (1993-96). He enjoyed three of his best years with the San Francisco 49ers (1997-99) as he started 35 games and totaled eight interceptions.
Walker closed out his NFL career in 2000 with the Detroit Lions. He finished his career with 369 tackles, 16 interceptions and two touchdowns in 119 games played and 66 starting assignments.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Walker was a three-year letterwinner at the University of Oklahoma (1990-92) after spending 1½ years at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He was named the UPI's Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 1990, while earning first-team all-Big Eight and honorable mention All-America accolades in 1992. Walker recorded 11 interceptions for 201 return yards and one touchdown in his career with the Sooners.
Walker completed his bachelor's degree in general studies at Northeastern (Okla.) State.
Walker has two children, a son, Darnell Jr., who is a red-shirt freshman at The University of Tulsa in 2012, and a daughter, Derra.
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Bowl Games as a Player 1991 Gator Bowl (Oklahoma)
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