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Football: South Forsyth's Sam Walker named Preseason All-Southern Conference
South Forsyth alum Sam Walker
Former South Forsyth standout and Mercer University tight end Sam Walker makes a catch during a game against Samford. - photo by For the FCN

Former South Forsyth football standout Sam Walker was named to the 2017 Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team on Tuesday at the league's annual Football Media Day.

The Mercer University red-shirt junior tight end has caught 49 passes for 529 yards and five touchdowns in 21 games during his career with the Bears. It's the third time Walker has earned preseason recognition.

Walker had offers from Air Force and Georgia State at South but eventually signed with Army-West Point in 2013. Instead, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder wound up at Mercer, which was re-starting its football program at the time. Walker has since become a reliable pass-catching tight end for the Bears.