Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2014 Player of the Year “Watch List”
New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifty “players to watch” for its 2014 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year award recipient, headlines the 2014 watch list. Winston, a Second Team Walter Camp All-American a year ago, accounted for 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles. Ten players on the 2014 watch list, including Winston, have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.
In all, 42 schools are represented on the list with Alabama having three players. There are 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, 8 receivers, 7 running backs, and 2 offensive linemen) and 17 from the defensive side of the ball (7 defensive backs, 5 defensive lineman, and 5 linebackers).
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president James Monico 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 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter onThursday, December 11. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Please note: Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University 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 eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
Reynolds is coming off one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.
He finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2). His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.
Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.
Reynolds has led Navy to five fourth quarter comebacks in his first two seasons, which is the second most fourth quarter comebacks in the country among active quarterbacks. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has engineered six fourth quarter comebacks.
The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.
Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on August 30th against national title contender Ohio State. The team reports for camp onWednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, August 2.
Season and single-game tickets are still on sale by going to navysports.com (click on this link for the direct link:http://bit.ly/LNw2FX), by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the ticket office in Ricketts Hall. Navy has sold out its allotment of Army-Navy tickets.
2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year WATCH LIST
Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska
Nelson Agholer, Jr., WR, USC
Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Sr,. LB, Northwestern
Vic Beasley, Sr., DL, Clemson (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shilique Calhoun, Jr., DL, Michigan State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shane Carden, Sr., QB, East Carolina
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Landon Collins, Jr., DB, Alabama
Amari Cooper, Jr., WR, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Sr., WR, Duke
Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, Jr., WR, Maryland
Lorenzo Doss, Jr., DB, Tulane (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., DB, Oregon (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Cameron Erving, Sr., OT, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Devonte Fields, Soph., DL, TCU
Devin Funchess, Jr., WR/KR, Michigan
Everett Golson, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Garrett Grayson, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Randy Gregory, Jr., DL, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia
Vernon Hargreaves, Soph., DB, Florida
Anthony Harris, Sr., DB, Virginia (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Brock Hekking, Sr., DL, Nevada
Austin Hill, Sr., WR, Arizona
Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU
Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA
Myles Jack, Soph., LB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, Jr., RB, Miami Fla. (2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Matt Johnson, Jr., QB, Bowling Green
Taylor Kelly, Sr., QB, Arizona State
Trevor Knight, Soph., QB, Oklahoma
Qushaun Lee, Sr., LB, Arkansas State
Tyler Lockett, WR, Sr., Kansas State (2011 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn
Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State
Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Andrus Peat, Jr., OT, Stanford
Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor
Terrance Plummer, Sr., LB, UCF
Cody Prewitt, Sr., DB, Ole Miss
Keenan Reynolds, Jr., QB, Navy
Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State
Ramik Wilson, Sr., LB, Georgia
Jameis Winston, Soph., QB, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
T.J. Yelden, Jr., RB, Alabama