Richard Walton (American football)

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Richard Walton
College Texas
Conference Southwest Conference & Big 12 Conference
Sport Football
Position QB
Jersey # 10
Class 1998
Major kinesiology
Career 1994–1998
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
High school Bay City
Honors
  • 1996 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • 1997 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • 1998 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
Championships
  • 1995 Southwest Conference Champions
  • 1996 Big 12 Champions
Bowl games

Richard Wade Walton is a former American football quarterback. He was the starting quarterback of the Texas Longhorns in early 1998. He was the backup quarterback for James Brown for three years before winning the starting job as a 5th year Senior. He started for the first two games in 1998 but broke his hand against UCLA and as a result lost his starting job to Major Applewhite.

Longhorns career[edit]

Richard Walton was a coach's son, who's father Richard Lynn Walton had coached for Bay City High School where Richard played. He was the starting quarterback for Bay City for three years, earning All-American status as a senior.[1]

His first start for Texas was a 21-13 win over Baylor in 1995 where he replaced an injured James Brown, a win that helped Texas win the last Southwest Conference championship. His second start, again in place of an injured James Brown, was in the 1997 UCLA game, which Texas lost 66-3 - the second worst loss in Texas history. [2] He also saw considerable playing time in the 1996 Virginia game, 1996 Baylor game, 1997 Rutgers game and 1997 Colorado game, as Walton replaced an injured or struggling Brown.

After winning the starting job in both spring practice and pre-season in 1998, he won his first game as the team's unquestioned leader, beating New Mexico 66-36. But in the second game of the season against UCLA, he broke his hand and was replaced by redshirt Freshman Major Applewhite. He was statistically among the best quarterbacks in the country at the time. The injury was only supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks,[3] but Applewhite played well enough to keep the job all season. Once he recovered from his injury, Walton saw only occasional play.

Walton, a 3.5 GPA student, graduated in 1998 with a degree in kinesiology and went to medical school at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is currently a radiologist in San Antonio.

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Preceded by
James Brown
University of Texas Quarterback
1998
Succeeded by
Major Applewhite