SANTA CLARA –
Delanie Walker spoke to the media in the press room at 49ers facilities Tuesday Morning. He sported a fresh Mohawk, fresh Warriors basketball shorts, and fresh vans that looked like sneakers. He looked fresh.
He was smiling and laughing and he cracked a couple jokes – one at Harbaugh’s expense.
He also spoke about the playbook and his fitness.
Here are a few choice quotes from the interview.
Q: What does it say that you guys were so dedicated to the voluntary stuff Alex Smith organized?
WALKER: [The coaches] were happy that we actually stuck together and came out and did it, because a lot of teams didn’t do that. To be where we’re at, to have the controversy with the quarterbacks, people saying, ‘Who’s going to be the quarterback?’[It was important that] Alex took charge and said, ‘Look, I’m going to do this and I’m going to do this for the team.’ I think everyone was happy and the fans were happy that we were working hard.
Q: Did you meet Coach Harbaugh today?
WALKER: We just got done talking and he was actually talking about the Las Vegas Bowl because he coached me in that (Actually it was the Las Vegas All-American Classic. Harbaugh coached Walker on the West team back on January 14th, 2006). We just had a long conversation about it, and he’s just happy to see me here because I didn’t get to see him when he first got here. We just smiled, talked, and shook hands. I’m glad he’s our coach and I’m just ready to get to it.
Q: He’s got a lot of energy, doesn’t he?
WALKER: He’s got a lot of energy and a lot of tobacco in his mouth.
Q: Vernon said at first look the Harbaugh playbook is very tight-end friendly. Is that true?
WALKER: I feel like they love the tight ends here, so it’s going to be built around the tight ends and I’m just ready to get out there and see what it’s going to look like. We’re late, we’re kind of behind on learning the playbook, but it seems like the coaches are on top of things. I just got out of a meeting with our tight end coach and he’s pushing me right now, so I’m ready to start Thursday, get this conditioning test out of the way and start practicing. We’ll have our physicals today at 1:30.
Q: Have you talked about recertifying?
WALKER: We’re waiting to hear from Takeo Spikes. Usually he’s on top of things. I think he sent me an e-mail, I’ve just got to check it. I was so excited that we could come back today so I just got up here and tried to get the playbook in my hands and talk to the coaches, let them see my face, let them see that I’m in one of the best shapes I’ve ever been. I’ve got the 13-pack. You never heard of that, but it’s 13 because I’m still missing one, it’s a little off. I’m working on it.
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