Walker, Copeland excel at Naval Academy

Walker, Copeland excel at Naval Academy

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Just three years ago, Josh Walker was signing on the dotted line to continue his football career from Austin High School.

The Decatur native is now a rising junior at the Naval Academy. And as you would expect, It's a ton of work in Annapolis.

"My first year there, I had 19, 20 credit hours," said Josh Walker. "So, on top of having Pro-know, or professional knowledge, they teach you all about ships, then you have a test on Friday."

Walker and Muscle Shoals native Blake Copeland are the only North Alabama natives on the Navy roster.

"Last year he was hurt, so he was in recovery, so I didn't see him a lot, but I still see him at practice, but other than that because we have a lot of other stuff, but we still have that bond," said Walker.

Walker and Copeland said they are excited about next season and more playing time. Walker scored his first touchdown of his career last season in a win over SMU.

"After Spring practice I was number two on the depth chart, so I know I'll be getting a lot of rolling in playing time," Walker said.

The Midshipmen enjoyed a successful season, winning the Military Bowl, along with beating the two other service academies, Army and Air Force.

With those two wins, The Commander-In-Chief trophy resides in Annapolis.

The Navy team will get the opportunity to visit with President Obama.

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