The Walter Camp Trophy is awarded to the outstanding player of the year who has exemplified the qualities of self-discipline, unselfish team play, desire to excel, mature judgement and respect for leadership. He must be a dedicated competitor who has made effective use of his athletic talent to enhance the great American game of college football. His standout performance on the playing field must be accompanied by an equally strong effort to contribute to the betterment of the life of all his fellow human beings. He must exhibit an awareness of the need to fulfill his role as a leader. He must espouse the ideals adhered to by Walter Camp, the “Father of American Football.”
2016 Player of the Year ~ Lamar Jackson, quarterback, University of Louisville
University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) has been selected as the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year. The 50th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Jackson is the first Cardinals player to win the prestigious honor. Jackson is the 18th quarterback to earn the award. Jackson is also ninth player from an Atlantic Coast Conference school to win the award, and the second in the last four years (Jameis Winston, Florida State, 2013).
Jackson has been a dual-threat at quarterback for the 9-3 Cardinals, who will face LSU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31 in Orlando, FL. The 2016 ACC Player of the Year, Jackson is the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to register 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. Jackson also became just the sixth player in FBS history to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season.
The Pompano Beach, Fla., native set an ACC record by accounting for 51 combined touchdowns (rushing and passing), which ranks second-best nationally. Jackson also ranks second in the nation in total offense (410.7 yards per game). He broke the conference record for rushing yards (1,538 yards) and rushing touchdowns (21) by a quarterback. His 1,538 rushing yards were also a school record. He has accounted for 73.4 percent of his team’s total offense this season.