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Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2008 Player of the Year Watch List

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.

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2008

James Laurinaitis (Ohion State)

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.”

Five players on the 2008 watch list – Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis, Florida QB Tim Tebow, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, Wisconsin TE Travis Beckum and South Florida DE George Selvie – were named to last year’s Walter Camp All-America First Team.

The watch list will be narrowed to 15 semi-finalists in early November. The 2008 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 10, 2009 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Last year’s recipient was Arkansas running back and current Oakland Raider Darren McFadden.

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 (http://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.

2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”

Travis Beckum, TE, Senior, Wisconsin !

Arrelious Benn, WR, Sophomore, Illinois

Sam Bradford, QB, Sophomore, Oklahoma

Tom Brandstater, QB, Senior, Fresno State

Joe Burnett, DB, Senior, Central Florida

Rudy Carpenter, QB, Senior, Arizona State

Michael Crabtree, WR, Sophomore, Texas Tech !

Chase Daniel, QB, Senior, Missouri %

James Davis, RB, Senior, Clemson

Nate Davis, QB, Junior, Ball State

Jarett Dillard, WR, Senior, Rice #

Max Hall, QB, Junior, Brigham Young

Percy Harvin, WR, Junior, Florida

P.J. Hill, RB, Junior, Wisconsin

Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Senior, Ohio State

Ian Johnson, RB, Senior, Boise State

James Laurinaitis, LB, Senior, Ohio State @

Marlon Lucky, RB, Senior, Nebraska

Dan LeFevour, QB, Junior, Central Michigan

Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Senior, Auburn

Ray Maualuga, LB, Senior, USC

Colt McCoy, QB, Junior, Texas

LeSean McCoy, RB, Sophomore, Pittsburgh

Scott McKillop, LB, Senior, Pittsburgh

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Sophomore, Georgia

Nick Reed, DL, Senior, Oregon

Todd Reesing, QB, Junior, Kansas

Javon Ringer, RB, Senior, Michigan State

George Selvie, DE, Junior, South Florida !

Alphonso Smith, DB, Senior, Wake Forest %

Rusty Smith, QB, Junior, Florida Atlantic

C.J. Spiller, RB, Junior, Clemson

Tim Tebow, QB, Junior, Florida !

Chris Wells, RB, Junior, Ohio State

Pat White, QB, Senior, West Virginia

! – 2007 Walter Camp First Team All-American

@ - 2006 and 2007 Walter Camp First Team All-American

- 2006 Walter Camp Second Team All-American

% - 2007 Walter Camp Second Team All-American

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 to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All America team.