* 2009 Senior Bowl Invitee
* 2008 First Team All-ACC
* 2008 First Team All-ACC (ACC Sports Journal)
* 2008 Second Team All-ACC (Rivals)
* 2008 ACC Midseason Defensive MVP (ESPN.com)
* 2008 Preseason All-American (Sports Illustrated)
* 2008 Bednarik Award Semifinalist
* 2008 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List
* 2007 First Team All-ACC
* 2007 Rivals.com First Team All-ACC
* 2007 Third Team All-America (AP)
* 2007 Third Team All-America (Rivals.com)
In The Record Books
* 12th -- Season sacks (2007)
* 15th -- Career sacks
* 20th -- Career tackles-for-loss
One of the top defensive tackles in college football... a first team All-ACC selection for the second straight year... invited to play in the Senior Bowl... hurt his ankle in the North Carolina game and did not play vs. Miami (Nov. 20), breaking a streak of 23 consecutive starts... saw limited action at Georgia (Nov. 29) and played at less than 100 percent vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and the ACC Midseason Defensive MVP according to ESPN.com... has 26.5 career tackles-for-loss -- the 20th-most in Tech history... owns 13.0 sacks -- the 15th-most in Tech history... has 110 career tackles -- more than any current Yellow Jacket... had 8.5 TFLs and 3.0 sacks in 2008... also had a forced fumble, a pass break-up and a safety... had 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sacks and three total tackles vs. Florida State (Nov. 1).. forced a fumble and had four tackles in his home state when Tech won at Clemson (Oct. 18)... enjoyed one of his best games vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 11) with nine tackles, five solo tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.0 sacks... key in helping Tech hold Duke to just 132 yards of total offense (Oct. 4)... had a tackle-for-loss, a pass break-up and three total tackles vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20)... recorded four tackles and a half-tackle-for-loss at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)... had two tackles-for-loss, one sack, three solo tackles and four total tackles at Boston College (Sept. 6)... gave Tech its first safety since 2004 when he tackled BC quarterback Chris Crane in the endzone...did not become a full-time starter until 2007.
Started all 13 games at defensive tackle... his three forced fumbles rank tied for seventh in the ACC and tied for 55th nationally... ranked fifth in the ACC and tied for 34th nationally in sacks (8.5)... ranked ninth in the ACC and tied for 68th nationally in tackles-for-loss (14.0)... forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles... recorded a tackle-for-loss in 11 of 12 regular season games... forced a fumble and had 1.5 TFLs in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... forced another fumble, registered five total tackles and sacked Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan for a loss of eight yards (Sept. 15)... produced six tackles, including four solo tackles, a sack for minus-12 yards and recovered a fumble at Virginia (Sept. 22)... was in the Maryland backfield all afternoon with 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks against the Terrapins (Oct. 6)... had seven unassisted tackles and a sack vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 1)... recovered a fumble and had 1.5 sacks in the win over North Carolina (Nov. 17).
The top back-up at defensive tackle as a sophomore... switched jersey numbers from No. 57 to No. 99 for 2006... had 17 tackles on the season... credited with one tackle-for-loss and one-half sack... made starts against Notre Dame and Clemson... had three tackles against the Irish, including a shared sack... added four tackles against Clemson.
Developed into a key contributor on the defensive line as a true freshman, including two starts... totalled 15 tackles, with three tackles-for-loss, one sack and a fumble recovery... filled in when starter Joe Anoai was injured, including one start vs. Wake Forest... had a season-high five tackles against the Demon Deacons... started against Utah in the Emerald Bowl... recovered a fumble in Tech's win over Clemson... had a sack for a 14-yard loss against NC State... added a tackle-for-loss vs. Duke... saw his first action in the third game of the season against Connecticut... one of eight true freshmen to see action on the season.
Third-team all-state selection, according to the Columbia State... named to the Charlotte Observer's All-Observer first-team and all-Upper South Carolina first-team... All-region and all-area selection by the Rock Hill Herald... had 17.5 sacks and 41 TFLs as a senior at Fort Mill High... member of South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team... Most Valuable Player for coach Greg Taylor.
Full name is Vance Jack Walker... born April 26, 1987... parents are Gary and Janet Walker... majoring in management.