Former OU great joins Tech staff

Former University of Oklahoma cornerback and NFL and CFL veteran Marcus Walker has joined Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs cornerbacks coach on Sonny Cumbie’s staff.

Walker comes to Ruston after spending the past two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Stephen F. Austin.

“Marcus brings experience from his playing days at Oklahoma and in the NFL that gives him instant credibility with our players,” said Cumbie. “Marcus is committed to the development of his players from a technical standpoint and also how they will be incorporated into our defensive scheme.

“Aggressive and tough minded is the approach Marcus will take daily with our corners. Marcus and Destini are excited to be Bulldogs, and we cannot wait to see the impact they will have on our team and community.”

Walker was an integral part of a Stephen F. Austin defensive coaching staff that helped lead the Lumberjacks to one of their best seasons in decades. SFA posted an 8-4 record with close losses to FBS Texas Tech (L, 28-22; Sonny Cumbie’s former school) and No. 1 ranked Sam Houston State (L, 21-20). The Lumberjacks fell 35-28 in overtime to Incarnate Word.

“My wife and I are grateful to Coach Cumbie, Dr. Eric Wood, and President Les Guice for this opportunity to be a part of the Bulldog family,” said Walker. “I am excited to work with the players, coaches, and support staff as we work towards adding to the strong tradition of La Tech football.”

The Stephen F. Austin 2021 defense ranked among the best in the Western Athletic Conference and in the nation, helping lead the Lumberjacks to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. SFA ranked No. 1 in the WAC in scoring defense, total defense, takeaways, interceptions, sacks and opponent third down conversion percentage.

Walker’s cornerbacks recorded nine of the 15 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He coached a pair of first team all-league corners, including Myles Brooks (2021, WAC) and Darion Dunn (2019, Southland).

The previous season saw SFA rank No. 2 in the Southland Conference in scoring defense and total defense and No. 1 in pass defense efficiency, interceptions and takeaways.

Prior to his time at SFA, Walker coached at McNeese State (Cornerbacks – 2019), Henderson State (Defensive backs – 2018) and Oklahoma (Graduate Assistant – 2015-17).

McNeese allowed the second fewest points in the Southland Conference in 2019 and racked up 12 total interceptions. During his time as a GA at Oklahoma, the Sooners won three Big 12 titles and made two appearances in the College Football Playoff.

The Waco, Texas, native was a standout defensive back for the Sooners from 2004 to 2007, and helped lead Oklahoma to three Big 12 titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A two-time All-Big 12 pick at cornerback and a team captain as a senior in 2007, Walker played in three BCS bowl games, including the 2004 National Championship game against Southern California.

From 2008 to 2010, Walker spent time in the NFL with both the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers.

Walker and his wife Destini will reside in Ruston.

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