Forty named to Walter Camp list
Two finalists, 11 previous Walter Camp All-Americans on list
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of 40 players to watch for its 2011 Walter Camp Award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade which goes to the FBS player of the year.
Two players from the Pac-12 who were finalists for the 2010 Player of the Year award – Oregon running back LaMichael James and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck – lead this year’s Walter Camp watch list. James, who rushed for 1,731 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore, was a Walter Camp first-team All-American last season, while Luck was named to the second team after passing for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns.
In addition to James and Luck, nine players who have been previously selected a Walter Camp All-American are included on the 2011 watch list, including a pair of Big 12 wide receivers in Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) and Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma).
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president John Marks said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced Dec. 8. The winner will then receive his trophy at the foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 14.
Walter Camp, known as the father of American football, first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.
|Matt Barkley||QB||USC||Landry Jones||QB||Oklahoma|
|Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Case Keenum||QB||Houston|
|Ryan Broyles||WR||Oklahoma||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College|
|Vontaze Burfict||LB||Arizona State||Marcus Lattimore||RB||South Carolina|
|Tank Carder||LB||TCU||Robert Lester||DB||Alabama|
|Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Brandon Lindsey||DE||Pittsburgh|
|Kirk Cousins||QB||Michigan State||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford|
|Jared Crick||DT||Nebraska||Jonathan Massaquoi||DE||Troy|
|Knile Davis||RB||Arkansas||Bryant Moniz||QB||Hawaii|
|Michael Egnew||TE||Missouri||Kellen Moore||QB||Boise State|
|Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Aaron Murray||QB||Georgia|
|Jeff Fuller||WR||Texas A&M||Eric Page||WR/KR||Toledo|
|Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||Dan Persa||QB||Northwestern|
|Chandler Harnish||QB||Northern Illinois||Chris Polk||RB||Washington|
|Ronnie Hillman||RB||San Diego State||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama|
|Jayron Hosley||DB||Virginia Tech||Denard Robinson||QB||Michigan|
|LaMichael James||RB||Oregon||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina||Darron Thomas||QB||Oregon|
|Brandon Jenkins||DT||Florida State||Brandon Weeden||QB||Oklahoma State|
|Damarais Johnson||WR||Tulsa||James White||RB||Wisconsin|