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Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces
2011 Player of the Year "Watch List"
New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of forty
"players to watch" for its 2011 Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual
college football accolade.
Two players from the Pac-12 who were finalists for the 2010 Player of the Year award
– Oregon junior running back LaMichael James and Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck
– lead this year's Walter Camp watch list. James, who rushed for 1,731 yards and 21
touchdowns for the Ducks, 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 2010.
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 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 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2011
Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl
Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN
SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. The winner will then receive his trophy at the
Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 14, 2012 at the Yale University
Commons in New Haven.
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) – 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.

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. For more
information, visit the association's website, www.ncfaa.org
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 13-day period this
month. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards select a preseason watch list and this is the first time the
NCFAA spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.
2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"
Matt Barkley, QB, USC, Junior
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, Junior #
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma, Senior #
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State, Junior
Tank Carder, LB, TCU, Senior
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, Senior
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State, Senior
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska, Senior
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas, Junior
Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri, Senior #
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame, Senior
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M, Senior
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, Senior
Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois, Senior
Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State, Sophomore
Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech, Junior #
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, Junior #
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina, Junior @
Brandon Jenkins, DT, Florida State, Junior
Damarais Johnson, WR, Tulsa, Senior
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma, Junior
Case Keenum, QB, Houston, Senior %
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College, Junior #
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, Sophomore @
Robert Lester, DB, Alabama, Junior @
Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pittsburgh, Junior
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Senior @
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy, Junior
Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii, Senior
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Senior
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, Sophomore
Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo, Junior #
Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern, Senior
Chris Polk, RB, Washington, Junior
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, Junior
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, Junior
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, Junior
Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon, Junior
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, Senior
James White, RB, Wisconsin, Sophomore
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