November 15, 2006
Albany - It is about a three hour car ride from Albany to Gainesville Florida.
But running back Jimtavis Walker's traveled across the country and back in his journey from the Swamp to Albany State.
The junior from Statesboro was Albany State's most valuable player in their Fountain City Classic win over Fort Valley State.
Walker, who led Statesboro to a state title as a junior in 2001, signed with Florida in 2003 but transferred two years later due to a lack of playing time.
He wound up at Oregon State but had to leave the team for personal reasons in October of last year and return to Georgia.
Walker wanted to play football but it had to be at a school close to his family.
Albany State which needed some experience running backs was great opportunity and so far Jimtavis is making the most of his with the Rams.
Jimtavis Walker "I am getting the touches I really need. That is what I have been really looking for in these past couple of years. You know I am just feeling comfortable. The coaches have been giving me the opportunities these past couple of games to really carry the ball and I am just taking it in stride."
Walker is hoping to get plenty of carries when Albany State plays at Newberry on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.