Best College Player Orange County 2010 - Amani Walker
This is tough because on the same Big West-conference-powerhouse UC Irvine soccer squad is assist machine Corey Attaway, scoring machine Spencer "Freight Train" Thompson and killing machine Andrew Fontein, the goalie. All three are nearing or setting team records and being mentioned alongside top players in the nation as the Anteaters find themselves ranked in the top 20 nationally (as of late September) by Goal.com, College Soccer News and NSCAA/HendrickCars.com. Also part of the national conversation is senior forward Amani Walker, who would lose to Thompson here if we went to the second tie-breaker: best nickname. Unfortunately for Freight Train and the rest, the first tie-breaker is: Player who looks most like he could play bass in Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. As a junior, dreadlocked reggae fan Walker was named to the Soccer America Men's Team of the Week, to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, the Big West Player of the Week and the UCI College Classic Most Valuable Player. He's picked up the ball and kicked it into the net this season as well. Yugga yugga yooo!