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Marlon Walls

Marlon Walls


  • Stephen F. Austin State University
Marlon Walls, S – Stephen F. Austin State University
Engineering Physics – 4.00 GPA
Head Coach: Clint Conque | Athletics Director: Robert Hill
Faculty Athletics Representative: Ken Collier

After securing an internship with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and working on a joint project with NASA, it’s easy to see how Marlon Walls earned the nickname “Professor.” The perfect 4.00 GPA student has left an indelible mark at Stephen F. Austin, becoming the Lumberjacks’ first-ever NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

The first football player in SFA history to be named a First Team Academic All-American, the engineering physics major is the reigning Southland Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time Academic All-District selection and member of the Southland Conference All-Academic Team, Walls was a finalist for the Doris Robinson Award for FCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016. The FCS ADA Academic All-Star was the Murray Shaw Award winner for having the highest GPA on the football team, and he has been named to the SFA President’s List every semester of his career. Walls was also the recipient of the SFA physics department's Brian Patrick Hanson Memorial Scholarship in 2016.

Walls has recorded 40 tackles this season, including two tackles for loss, and posted a season-best nine stops versus Southern Utah on Sept. 9. He has recorded three pass breakups and is part of a secondary unit that ranks second in the Southland Conference with eight interceptions this season.

The Pearland, Texas, native ranked third on the team with 62 total tackles and led the Lumberjacks with a team-best 37 solo stops as a junior. During a standout sophomore season, he recorded a 14-yard interception off of Trevone Boykin at nationally ranked TCU and registered a 13-yard pick-six versus Incarnate Word, sealing the victory over the Cardinals. Walls entered his senior season with 91 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups and one forced fumble in his career.

During his internship at Johns Hopkins, Walls worked alongside students from MIT, Stanford and Yale, assisting with the NASA space probe called the Europa Propulsion Module. He was also a featured speaker at the SFA STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series. When he’s not serving as a student instructor or a math and science tutor, Walls finds time to speak at area elementary schools and assist with the football team’s “Read to Succeed” program.

All stats as of Nov. 1, 2017.
  • The 2017 National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments recipient

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