Fabian Returns

Valdosta State rallied to win its first NCAA Division II championship last Saturday, with Fabian Walker throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score in the Blazers' 35-31 victory over Pittsburg State.

Fabian Walker made a triumphant return to Florida State on Tuesday.

Walker tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Valdosta State to its first NCAA Division II championship last Saturday, 35-31 over Pittsburg State.

Walker a former starter at FSU, completed 19 of 27 passes for 165 yards and ran for 55 yards on 11 carries.

Walker returned to Tallahassee on Tuesday and watched the Seminoles practice as they continued preparations for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against West Virginia.

"It is good to see the guys," Walker said.

"Just to get out and see the love and see how these guys still support me. It is good to know that you have that kind of family here at Florida State."

Walker also had a good family in Valdosta.

Valdosta State (13-1) forced four turnovers and held Pittsburg State (14-1) to 371 of total offense - 243 yards below the Gorillas' average. The Blazers intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles.

Valdosta State's Terrence Bell intercepted two passes, including a momentum-changer late in the first quarter after the Gorillas had taken a 14-0 lead.

"We started out slow and then pulled it out," Walker said of the championship game.

"I was excited. I have kind of been in that situation before playing in the Sugar Bowl. It was not a big deal for me to go out there in front of a big crowd and play in a big game. I had to calm the guys down at first but when we settled down we were unstoppable offensively."

Walker threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Zach Parker early in the second quarter to start the comeback, and Valdosta State took the lead for the first time early in the second half when Pittsburg State punter Andy Majors dropped a snap in the end zone and was stopped for a safety, giving the Blazers a 19-17 lead.

Walker said he also tried to keep tabs on the Seminoles this season.

"It was kind of hard because we were playing on Saturdays as well," Walker said.

"Any chance I got I tried to catch them. I watched the Florida game and one other one. I kept up with them and I would call some of the guys to talk to them about it."

Walker is hopeful to play at the next level, and says he plans to return to Tallahassee for workouts.

"I am going to start working out, try to get into some all-star games, get into the combine and try to do some good things there and hopefully a team will want to pick me up," Walker said.

"I am going to come back here and work out and go through pro day here."

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