COACHES
David Walker
Running Backs

Biography

David Walker joined the Lions coaching staff in 2016 as the team’s running backs coach, bringing with him more than 20 years of expertise working with NFL and college backfields. Before coming to Detroit, Walker served as running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2011-14, including one season under Jim Caldwell in 2011, Caldwell's third season as the Colts Head Coach.

David Walker joined the Lions coaching staff in 2016 as the team’s running backs coach, bringing with him more than 20 years of expertise working with NFL and college backfields. Before coming to Detroit, Walker served as running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2011-14, including one season under Jim Caldwell in 2011, Caldwell's third season as the Colts Head Coach.

WALKER'S COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: Walker displayed his ability to cultivate talent and develop different styles of players in his first season with the Lions. On top of RB Ameer Abdullah and RB Theo Riddick, the 2016 season allowed RB Zach Zenner and 2016 seventh-round draft selection RB Dwayne Washington to earn valuable reps in the backfield.

  • Detroit saw three backs reach the end zone in the Week 1 victory vs. Indianapolis (9/11) with scores from Riddick, Abdullah and Washington. In the game, Abdullah collected 120 yards from scrimmage (63 rush, 57 receiving) and Riddick garnered 108 total yards (45 rush, 63 receiving). By both running backs surpassing 100 total yards, it marked the first time since November 28, 2013 (vs. GB: Reggie Bush, 182; Joique Bell, 128) that the Lions had two running backs total over 100 yards from scrimmage in a game.
  • Despite missing the final four games of the season, Riddick led the Lions running backs with 53 receptions. As a unit, the Lions finished 10th in the NFL in receptions by running backs with 89.
  • With two rushing touchdowns on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in Week 16 at Dallas and one in the season finale vs. Green Bay, Zenner became one of four running backs in the NFL to total three rushing touchdowns in the final two weeks of the 2016 season.
  • In his first NFL season, Washington showed his potential as both a rusher and pass catcher, finishing with 90 carries for 265 yards and one touchdown, as well as 10 receptions for 62 yards.

In his last season with the Colts, Walker helped RB Donald Brown lead the team with 537 rushing yards, a career-high six touchdowns and a 5.3 rushing average, the highest average by a Colts player since 1961. In 2012, Walker’s group averaged 27.5 rushing attempts and 104.4 rushing yards per game that season, the most for the team since 2007.

Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Walker spent six seasons at the University of Pittsburgh as the team’s running backs coach from 2005-10. During his time with the Panthers, Walker helped RB Dion Lewis and RB Ray Graham combine for more than 1,900 rushing yards in 2010. From 2007-08, he also worked with RB LeSean McCoy as he earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.

Walker’s coaching career began at Carol City High School in Miami, Fla., where he spent the 1994 season before moving on to Syracuse to become the school’s running backs coach, a post he held from 1995-2004.

Walker was born in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife, Marilin, have two sons, Jalen and Jordan.


WALKER’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2016-

      Running Backs........................................................ 2016-

Carmel High School (Ind.)........................................... 2015

      Offensive Coordinator............................................... 2015

Indianapolis Colts........................................................ 2011-14

      Running Backs........................................................ 2011-14

Pittsburgh..................................................................... 2005-10

      Running Backs........................................................ 2005-10

Syracuse...................................................................... 1995-2004

      Running Backs........................................................ 1995-2004

Carol City High School................................................ 1994

      Assistant Coach........................................................1994

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