Walker at camp

Vernon's Matt Walker battling for roster spot at B.C. Lions' main camp in Kamloops.

Vernon’s Matt Walker is closing in on his dream of playing in the Canadian Football League.

Walker, the 50th overall pick by the B.C. Lions in the recent CFL draft, made it through rookie camp and is now at the Lions’ main camp this weekend in Kamloops.

The former Vernon Panthers’ all-star quarterback is pencilled in as a backup free safety.

Walker, 21, played defensive back with the UBC Thunderbirds last year, but suffered a serious knee injury in the season opener. He underwent surgery, but recovered in time to impress the coaches at the Lions’ spring camp.

B.C. kicks off the pre-season against the host Stampeders Friday at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.