New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifteen “Players to Watch” for its 2012 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.
Players from each of the top five teams in the most recent BCS standings are on the list, including quarterback Collin Klein from top-ranked Kansas State. Running back Kenjon Barner from second-ranked Oregon and linebacker Manti Te’o from third-ranked Notre Dame are on the list along with Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.
The 15-player watch list includes nine quarterbacks, three running backs, two defensive players and one wide receiver.
“It’s been another exciting college football season with many teams and players still in the hunt for national recognition,” Foundation president John Marks said. “We’ve identified some outstanding players and we know the final weeks of the regular season should be even more thrilling.”
A list of five finalists will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.
The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented on Thursday, December 6 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Sponsorships and tickets are available by calling (203) 288-CAMP.
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 – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.
2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Players to Watch”
MONTEE BALL, Senior, RB, Wisconsin – Has rushed for 1,226 yards and 16 touchdowns for 7-3 Badgers.
MATT BARKLEY, Senior, QB, USC – Has passed for 2,972 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 7-3 Trojans.
KENJON BARNER, Senior, RB, Oregon – Has rushed for 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns for 10-0 Ducks.
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, Sophomore, QB, Louisville – Has passed for 2,858 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 9-1 Cardinals.
TAJ BOYD, Junior, QB, Clemson – Has accounted for 3,304 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns (28 passing, 5 rushing) for 9-1 Tigers.
COLBY CAMERON, Senior, QB, Louisiana Tech – Has passed for 3,283 yards and 27 touchdowns for 9-1 Bulldogs.
JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN, Senior, RB, UCLA – Has rushed for 1,270 yards and 8 touchdowns for 8-2 Bruins.
JARVIS JONES, Junior, LB, Georgia – Has 56 tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks, and 5 forced fumbles for 9-1 Bulldogs.
COLLIN KLEIN, Senior, QB, Kansas State – Has accounted for 2,768 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns (19 rushing, 12 passing) for the 10-0 Wildcats.
MARQISE LEE, Sophomore, WR, USC – Has 98 receptions for 1,447 yards and 13 touchdowns for 7-3 Trojans.
EJ MANUEL, Senior, QB, Florida State – Has passed for 2,641 yards and 19 touchdowns for 9-1 Seminoles.
JOHNNY MANZIEL, Freshman, QB, Texas A&M – Has passed for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,014 and 15 scores.
AJ MCCARRON, Senior, QB, Alabama – Has passed for 2,158 yards and 20 touchdowns for 9-1 Crimson Tide.
BRAXTON MILLER, Sophomore, QB, Ohio State – Has 2,919 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns (14 passing, 13 rushing) for 10-0 Buckeyes.
MANTI TE’O, Senior, LB, Notre Dame – Has totaled 92 tackles and six interceptions for the 10-0 Fighting Irish.