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Vance Jack Walker is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons. Walker played four seasons at Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time All-ACC selection. Walker is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 293 pounds.
As a senior at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC, Walker recorded 17.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss. He was recruited heavily by South Carolina until Steve Spurrier became the Gamecocks head coach. Walker committed to Georgia Tech during an official visit in January of 2005, picking the Yellow Jackets over East Carolina.
Walker played 10 games as a true freshman, starting twice in 2005. He finished his freshman season with 15 total tackles including 3.0 for loss.
As a sophomore, Walker was the top backup at defensive tackle, finishing with 17 total tackles in 14 games (including two starts).
Walker's breakout season came as a junior in 2007. He started all 13 games for the Yellow Jackets, recording 8.5 sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss. He forced three fumbles on the defensive line, earning first team All-ACC honors and third team All-America honors from the Associated Press.
In 2008, Walker repeated as an All-ACC first team selection. He was also a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the best defensive player in the nation. He finished the season with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, despite missing a game due to an ankle injury. After not playing against Miami (FL), he returned for Georgia Tech's last two games of the season, including the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against LSU. After the 2008 season, Walker was selected to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl.
Walker was drafted in the 7th round (210th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He was cut by the team prior to the 2009 NFL season, but re-signed to the practice squad.
On Sept. 21, the Falcons signed Walker off their practice squad to replace the injured Peria Jerry.
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