Von Walker's hometown, Mill Hall, Pa., is just 35 miles from State College. Having followed Penn State most of this life, little did he know that he would quickly emerge into a contributor in his freshman season with the Nittany Lions. Walker's athletic ability and nose for the football earned the Central Mountain High School all-state player a spot on special teams as a kick and punt returner, ranking second on the team in both categories, and as a coverage player. Seeing action in 11 games during the 2013 campaign, Walker began the season at running back and was shifted to safety as the season progressed. This past spring brought a change to outside linebacker, where he likely will battle Brandon Bell for time at one of the OLB posts, in addition to special teams duty. Walker earned a 3.14 grade-point average during the 2013 fall semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. He is among 17 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Walker was an all-purpose player last season, seeing time on offense, defense and special teams. He appeared in 11 games as a true freshman, joining a group of 12 players to earn that distinction. Walker began the season at running back, but was shifted to safety at mid-season. He had seven rushing attempts for 18 yards, returned six kickoffs for 99 yards, including a long of 23, and returned four punts for 19 yards. He made four tackles (three solo) and saw action on all four kickoff and punting units. In his first collegiate game, he had one stop on a punt return in the season-opening win over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. In the Eastern Michigan victory, Walker had three carries for eight yards, a punt return for a season-long 22 yards and one tackle on special teams. He continued his special teams contributions with three kickoff returns for 56 yards, including one return for 23 yards, against UCF. Walker added four carries for 10 yards and a 15-yard kick return against Kent State, followed by a 14-yard kick return in the four-overtime win over No. 18 Michigan. He contributed one tackle against Purdue and in the 31-24 win at No. 14 Wisconsin. He missed the Nebraska game due to an injury.
Walker was a dual-threat quarterback for Central Mountain High School, playing for head coach Vinny Kishbaugh. He compiled over 3,600 rushing yards and threw for 1,600 yards in his career, playing quarterback his junior and senior seasons. A four-year letterwinner, Walker rushed for over 1,500 yards and threw for over 1,000 yards as a senior for the Wildcats. He logged 900 yards rushing and 600 yards passing as a junior and rushed for 700 yards as a sophomore. His freshman year yielded 500 yards rushing. He also lettered all four years in basketball and three times in baseball.
Full name is Von Timothy Walker. He is the son of Timothy Walker and Angela Harding. He has two brothers, Gavyn and Hayden. His stepmother, Ashley Walker, attended Penn State. In his free time he enjoys fishing. He is undecided on a major. Born December 7, 1994 in Lock Haven, Pa.