Name: Walt Garrison
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Jersey #: 84
Height: 72 inches
Weight: 190 lbs
Walt Garrison just finished up his high school football career, and what a career it was. When he came up in the Burnsville area the high school he would end up going to was consistently one of the worst in the conference. They only won more than four games two times as Walt was growing up. Because of this he never heard much about football, or had much of an interest in it. A sport that Burnsville was good at was where Walt drifted, this was baseball. He wasn't ever the best at hitting, but almost always when he got on first he could take second by stealing; and in his center field position not a lot got passed him.
In middle school the trend continued, but coaches saw how fast he was and pushed him onto a track field. There, Walt had a bit of a learning curve, but when he got his bearings he started to dominate the track field. In the 100M, 200M and the 4x100M sprints he was either the top, or near the top his whole middle school career, and he worked hard to make sure he stayed that way over summers and off seasons. For his age he was projected to be challenging state records for his individual events, and the relay team only ever lost with a botched baton pass with Walt anchoring the team.
Finally, in the summer between 8th and 9th grade he was approached by the Burnsville high school coaches about playing football. With all the raw speed and the work ethic they thought they could make Walt into a game-changing player for the team. Walt was curious so he joined the summer workout program that the football team put on. In this program he found he was one of the faster players in the program, and the fastest incoming freshman by far.... he just had to learn football, and learn how to catch footballs, because his coaches decided that is where he could make the most impact. The work ethic came through again and he got faster, and better at catching footballs through that summer and the rest of his high school career.
As a freshman he still wasn't quite ready for varsity, and they were terrible still anyways. On JV Walt was getting his feet wet in his first football experience and caught 31 passes for 427 yards and 4 touchdowns. As JV didn't have as many players that were going to potentially be great players for varsity the JV coaches put Walt all around the defensive backfield and let his natural speed and ball skills take over, that year Walt had 2 INT's.
As a sophomore Walt was called to play for varsity finally and played the whole year there. The quarterback was the guy from the previous year and not a very good one, but was a senior so he started. In the games that quarterback started Walt only got 12 receptions for 106 yards and no touchdowns. Unfortunately for the quarterback he got injured in the middle of the season with a broken leg and the JV quarterback had to play the rest of the year out. This was fortunate for Walt, who had worked with this QB last year. Walt ended the year with 41 receptions for 610 yards and 6 touchdowns. On defense the varsity coaches tried their hand at what the JV coaches had and stuck him anywhere they needed him in the defensive backfield and he ended up with 2 more INT's that year on varsity.
As a junior Walt tried successfully to take a leadership role, and he ended up thriving. The team was looking up that year and Walt got a lot of looks at receiver. He caught 68 passes for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense the coaches finally coached him up a little on what he was doing over the summer and he came in this season as a starter, not just a plug in if needed. He had 5 INT's this year and a slew of passes defended. On special teams he even got a punt return touchdown and kick return touchdown through the year. He led the team to the playoffs and got them through one game with his team coming out on top, but made it no further.
When senior season rolled around Walt was focused entirely on getting himself a championship, either in track or football or both. With the same quarterback he has come up with the whole way Walt shined his senior season catching 82 passes for 1,062 yards. This put Walt in the record books for receptions in a career in Minnesota, he also cracked the top 3 in Minnesota ever for receiving yards in a career. On defensive side he got 7 INT's, and added another punt and kick return touchdown on special teams. At the end up the year the team was playoff bound, and made it through the first few rounds but ended up falling short in the game that would have put them in the championship. After this he poured his focus into the track and eventually did get his championship as at the end of the year he was number 1 in the 100 and 200 M races, and his relay team won 1st as well.
All in all Walt will go down as one of the best Blazer's to play at Burnsville, and certainly the best receiver to play there. He is a guy who can play both wide receiver and any of the defensive backfield positions. He is a speed demon with ever developing hands.