Awarded annually to the top college football player who previously played high school football in the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Player of the Year is selected by the all-volunteer membership of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
2016 Connecticut Player of the Year Award ~ Noel Thomas, University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut senior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, CT) has been selected the Walter Camp 2016 Connecticut Player of the Year. The award is presented to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut. The award is voted on by the Walter Camp Football Foundation membership. Thomas is the fourth UConn player to earn the honor, and the first two-time recipient Dan Orlovsky (2003 and 2004). Former Huskies Carl Bond (1998) and Glenn Antrum (1988) have also earned Connecticut Player of the Year honors.
A Second Team American Athletic Conference honoree in 2016, Thomas led UConn in receiving with a school record 100 receptions for 1,179 yards. His 1,179 receiving yards was second-highest season total in school history. Thomas ranked fifth in the country in receptions per game at 8.3 and third in the American Athletic Conference. He is also 15th in the country receiving yards per game at 98.3. Thomas has 100-yard receiving performances in seven games (including a period of six-straight) this season and eight in his career. For his collegiate career, Thomas had 183 receptions, which is fourth-highest in school history, for 2,235 yards, which ranks eighth all-time.
A native of Norwalk, Thomas played scholastically for his father (Noel, Sr.) at St. Luke’s in New Canaan. In his senior year, Thomas led the team to the NEPSAC Class C title and was named by MSG Varsity as its Connecticut Player of the Year.