UCLA wide receiver Kenneth Walker to miss 2013 season

UCLA wide receiver Kenneth Walker to miss 2013 season

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]CLA sophomore wide receiver Kenneth Walker will miss the 2013 season after undergoing back surgery, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

walkerWalker, 5-9, 175, ca caught 11 passes for 87 yards as a true freshman last season. He also returned seven kickoffs for 138 yards.

While Walker flashed explosiveness in the spring, he also struggled with consistency catching the ball and was not expected to be in the mix for a starting job this fall.

Senior Shaq Evans (6-1, 211), the Bruins leading receiver with 877 yards in 2012, returns and sophomore Jordan Payton (6-1, 210) is expected to start opposite Evans. Fellow sophomores Devin Fuller (5-11, 184) and Devin Lucien (6-0, 192) are also expected to play big roles.

UCLA signed a trio of receivers in February, including consensus 4-star recruits Thomas Duarte (6-3, 225) and Eldridge Massington (6-3, 205).

Walker, a 3-star recruit in 2012 out of Richmond (Calif.) John F. Kennedy High, is expected to redshirt and return in 2014 with three seasons to play three.

Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

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