Offensive weapon James Walter and 2015 Team MVP has been successful in his trials with the GB Lions adult squad and now moves on to the next stage. With a home game against Russia in September, Walter is now competing to be on the field and will be working hard towards that goal.
The Running back/Tight end completed the 2015 season with 148 carries gaining 1103 yards in just 8 games, claiming 14 touchdowns with an average gain of 7.5 yards per carry.
As dangerous as he is on the ground, James also hauled in 20 passes for an additional 186 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With another strong season in the books, Walter led the team in carries, receptions, yards gained and touchdowns.
He is also an efficient punter and stepped in as quarter back in the 2015 quarter final against Sussex Thunder, when David McCormack was sidelined with an injury.
Newly-elected chairman Andrew Peart said “The Oxford Saints would like to extend our huge congratulations to James Walter, following his selection to the GB Lions training squad. He will now be fighting for a roster spot for the forthcoming game against Russia in September.”
Originally from Gloucester, Walter joined the Saints when he came to study at Oxford Brookes University. Making his debut season in 2012, he quickly showed his abilities and proved himself to be a valuable addition to the team.
For several seasons James competed on the American Football field all year round, playing his university ball with the Oxford Brookes Panthers over the winter, then playing with the Saints in the senior leagues during the summer.
His addition of hard work to that talent has turned him into a game-changing force on offense. Since his impressive rookie season, James subsequently won both the Offensive & Team MVP in 2014 as well as Team MVP again in 2015.
This sustained high performance has been rightly noticed by the GB hierarchy & James will now be training with them under Head Coach, Michael Callan.
The whole Saints organization is immensely proud of James & his accomplishments & we wish him all the best during the selection process for the game against Russia.”
We’ll bring you more news on Walter’s progress over the coming months and we’re pleased to see Oxford being represented at the national level.