Tulane's Devon Walker back in class

Courtesy: Tulane University
Courtesy: Tulane University

Injured Tulane football player Devon Walker reaches an important milestone this week: He is back on campus, attending classes.

Walker severely injured his spinal cord last September during the Green Wave's game against Tulsa in Oklahoma. Walker is now paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair-bound, but he's taking nine hours worth of classes this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The former safety needs 30 hours to graduate in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who's now battling ALS, is helping Walker learn to use technology to improve his lifestyle.

Construction is almost finished on a special area inside Walker's home in Destrehan, called Devon's Den. It's a bedroom and bathroom equipped with the latest technology and resources to aid Walker in his studies, rehabilitation and the comprehensive 24-hour care he requires.

Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson says Walker will also help mentor players this season.