New Haven, Conn. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced
the names of 35 "players to watch" for its prestigious Player of the
Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
"We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize
the best college football players in the nation," Foundation
president John Barbarotta 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 ten semi-finalists in early November.
The 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on
by the 119 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information
directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football
Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at
the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 12, 2008
at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Last year's recipient was Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.
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
www.waltercamp.org) - 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.
2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"
Anthony Alridge, RB, Senior, Houston
Travis Beckum, TE, Junior, Wisconsin # Earl Bennett, WR, Junior,
Vanderbilt Yvenson Bernard, RB, Senior, Oregon State Tommy Blake,
DL, Senior, TCU John David Booty, QB, USC Colt Brennan, QB, Senior,
Hawaii # Jasper Brinkley, LB, Senior, South Carolina Brian Brohm,
QB, Senior, Louisville Dan Connor, LB, Senior, Penn State Chase
Daniel,QB, Junior, Missouri James Davis, RB, Junior, Clemson Jarett
Dillard, WR, Senior, Rice # Glenn Dorsey, DL, Senior, LSU Michael
Hart, RB, Senior, Michigan # Omar Haugabook, QB, Senior, Troy
Jonathan Hefney, DB/KR, Senior, Tennessee P.J. Hill, RB, Sophomore,
Wisconsin Chad Henne, QB, Senior, Michigan DeSean Jackson, WR/KR,
Junior, California * Lawrence Jackson, DE, Junior, USC Tyson
Jackson, DL, Junior, LSU Ian Johnson, RB, Junior, Boise State James
Laurinaitis, LB, Junior, Ohio State * Nate Longshore, QB, Junior,
California Mario Manningham, WR, Senior, Michigan Colt McCoy, QB,
Sophomore, Texas Darren McFadden, RB, Junior, Arkansas * Kalvin
McRae, RB, Senior, Ohio Matt Ryan, QB, Senior, Boston College Ray
Rice, RB, Junior, Rutgers # Steve Slaton, RB, Junior, West Virginia *
C.J. Spiller, RB, Sophomore, Clemson Tyrell Sutton, RB, Junior,
Northwestern Limas Sweed, WR, Senior, Texas Aquib Talib, DB, Junior,
Kansas Pat White, QB, Junior, West Virginia
* - 2006 Walter Camp First Team All-American # - 2006 Walter Camp
Second Team All-America