That would be just fine with his fans, to whom Walker has become a star of a magnitude all his own. His programmed answers to questions may disappoint reporters, but the public loves the strong, patient, silent man, who seems the antithesis of today's spoiled athlete, and probably is. On this team, Walker scores and tosses the ball to an official, while Offensive Tackle Guy McIntyre performs the high fives.
The fans' reaction to Walker's appearance at a TV head-shot session the day before the game was something to behold. The moment he walked out on the Gator Bowl field, a throng of 300 closed in, shouting his name. He signed 30 minutes worth of autographs before three uniformed troopers led him off the field. And the next afternoon with 2� minutes left in the game, another convoy of troopers formed around Walker to escort him safely off the field. That kind of attention is usually reserved for the venerable legends of football, like Bear Bryant, not 20-year-olds. But then again, it may be only appropriate. After all, Walker has led the Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking two out of the three years he's been in Athens, and that is the stuff of legends.