Things did not work out as planned for offensive lineman Brandon Walton at Kansas State, but in retrospect, it was the genesis of greater things ahead.
Coming out of high school, Walton was one of the top lineman in the state of Florida. So good, in fact, he had over 20 universities looking to acquire his talents. As decorated as he was, his experience at Kansas State was humbling, and led to him transferring following his true freshman year.
To his fortune, Walton would land with Florida Atlantic and would played under then new head coach Lane Kiffin, former offensive coordinator for Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Under Kiffin, the Owl would lead the Owls to an impressive 11-3 season. Walton would make his first career start that season against Navy; 14 games later, he would establish himself as one of the most versatile offensive linemen on his team.
Fast forward to his redshirt senior year in 2019. Walton would make the transition from right to left tackle, a move that would eventually make him a household name in his conference. That season, he became the anchor of an offense that averaged 166.8 rushing yards per game, and 449.4 yards per game of total offense. For his performance on the field, Walton would earn both First Team All-C-USA honors and First Team All-Conference by Phil Steele's Magazine.
To Walton's fortune, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is looking to upgrade the run offense, starting with their offensive line. With the future of veteran left tackle Alejandro Villanueva with the team in doubt, a window of opportunity to move up the depth chart could be within reach.