By Matt Maiocco
The 49ers opened their rookie camp with one spot available on their 90-man roster.
Austin Walter, a running back from Rice, earned the spot.
The 49ers signed Walter to a three-year contract. Walter announced his signing on social media.
“I would like to thank the 49ers organization for giving me this opportunity that’s not given to most people and I promise to make the most out of it,” Walter wrote as the caption under a photo of him signing his contract.
Walter is the only rookie running back on the 49ers’ roster. He is a dual-threat runner, much like Jerick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Matt Dayes are the other running backs on the 49ers' offseason roster.
Walter (5-foot-6 7/8, 194 pounds) clocked a time of 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at an NFL regional combine. In his four-year college career, Walter rushed for 1,744 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He added 79 receptions for 803 yards. As a senior, he averaged 27.3 yards on 18 kickoff returns.