125th Walter Camp All-America Teams Announced

NEW HAVEN, CT – Player of the Year Marcus Mariota, quarterback from second-ranked Oregon, headlines the 2014 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, the 125th honored by the organization. The nation’s oldest All-America squad was announced on The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.

2014 Walter Camp All-America Teams

2014 WCFF All-America Notebook

Walter Camp 2014 POY Marcus Mariota

Third-ranked Florida State had three players selected to the First Team, while top-ranked Alabama, Oregon and Utah all had two honorees. In all, 20 different schools from six conferences were represented on the All-America First Team. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac 12, and Southeastern Conference each had six selections.

The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President James Monico was pleased with the voting participation.

“Once again, we had more than 80 percent of the FBS schools participate in this year’s voting,” Monico said. “We are very appreciative of the continuing cooperation of the coaches and sports information directors in our annual effort to honor the nation’s most outstanding college players.”

Leading the offensive unit is Mariota, the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year.   The nation’s leader in pass efficiency (186.3), Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns for the nation’s third-ranked scoring offense (46.3 points per game).

The nation’s top two rushers – both juniors and from the Big 10 Conference – are on the First Team. Junior Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) has rushed for 2,336 yards and 179.7 yards per game, while Tevin Coleman (Indiana) has totaled 2,036 yards on the ground.

Junior Amari Cooper (Alabama) and sophomore Rashard Higgins (Colorado State) are the wide receivers. Cooper has 105 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Higgins has 89 catches for 1,640 yards and 17 touchdowns. The tight end is Nick O’Leary (Florida State).

On the offensive line, four seniors were selected: Brandon Scherff (Iowa), Tre’ Jackson (Florida State), Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) and Laken Tomlinson (Duke). Senior Reese Dismukes (Auburn) is the offensive center.

Placekicker Roberto Aguayo (Florida State) is a repeat First Team honoree. Aguayo has converted 25-of-27 field goals and all 53 of his point-after-kicks this season for the Seminoles.

Leading the defensive unit is sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright III (Arizona). Wright III has totaled 158 tackles (89 solo) for the Wildcats and leads the nation with 28 tackles for loss. Joining Wright in the middle is Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington) and Paul Dawson (TCU). Kikaha leads the nation with 18 sacks.

Repeat First Team All-American Vic Beasley (Clemson) is joined by senior Nate Orchard (Utah), junior Shane Ray (Missouri) and sophomore Joey Bosa (Ohio State). Orchard is second in the nation with 17.5 sacks.

Sophomore Gerod Holliman (Louisville), who leads the nation with 14 interceptions, anchors the defensive secondary. He is joined by seniors Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon), Senquez Golson (Ole Miss) and junior Landon Collins (Alabama). Ekpre-Olomu was a Second Team Walter Camp All-American in 2013.

The punter is junior Tom Hackett (Utah), who averages 47.0 yards-per-punt. The kick returner is senior Jamarcus Nelson (UAB), who has four kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.

The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year and members of the All-America team will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by First Niagara Bank, on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

In addition, the Foundation will recognize three individuals – broadcasting legend Verne Lundquist (Distinguished American), former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler standout running back Jerome Bettis (Man of the Year) and former Air Force All-American and Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings (Alumnus of the Year) – with major awards.

The Foundation is offering a “Holiday Ticket Promotion” for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.

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.

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First Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Ht        Wgt     Yr.      Hometown

WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama                                 6-1       210      Jr.        Miami, FL

WR      Rashard Higgins, Colorado State                   6-2       188      Soph.   Mesquite, TX

TE       Nick O’Leary, Florida State                           6-3       247      Sr.        Palm Beach, FL

OL       Brandon Scherff, Iowa                                   6-5       320      Sr.        Denison, Iowa

OL       Tre’ Jackson, Florida State                             6-4       330      Sr.        Jesup, GA

OL       Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M                         6-5       305      Sr.        Allen, TX

OL       Laken Tomlinson, Duke                                  6-3       330      Sr.        Chicago, IL

C         Reese Dismukes, Auburn                                6-3       295      Sr.        Spanish Fort, AL

QB      Marcus Mariota, Oregon                                 6-4       219      Jr.        Honolulu, HI

RB       Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin                             6-1       213      Jr.        Kenosha, WI

RB       Tevin Coleman, Indiana                                  6-1       210      Jr.        Tinley Park, IL

PK       Roberto Aguayo, Florida State *                    6-1       213      Soph.   Mascotte, FL


First Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Ht        Wgt     Yr.      Hometown

DL       Nate Orchard, Utah                                        6-4       255      Sr.        Salt Lake City, UT

DL       Shane Ray, Missouri                                       6-3       245      Jr.        Kansas City, MO

DL       Vic Beasley, Clemson *                                  6-3       235      Sr.        Adairsville, GA

DL       Joey Bosa, Ohio State                                     6-5       278      Soph.   Fort Lauderdale, FL

LB       Scooby Wright III, Arizona                            6-1       246      Soph.   Windsor, CA

LB       Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington                          6-3       246      Sr.        Laie, HI

LB       Paul Dawson, TCU                                         6-2       230      Sr.        Dallas, TX

DB      Gerod Holliman, Louisville                            6-2       213      Soph.   Miami, FL

DB      Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon @                          5-10     195      Sr.        Chino Hills, CA

DB      Senquez Golson, Ole Miss                              5-9       176      Sr.        Pascagoula, MS

DB      Landon Collins, Alabama                               6-0       222      Jr.        New Orleans, LA

P          Tom Hackett, Utah                                         5-11     187      Jr.        Melbourne, Australia

KR      Jamarcus Nelson, UAB                                   5-11     160      Sr.        Midfield, AL


Second Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Ht        Wgt     Yr.      Hometown

WR      Kevin White, West Virginia                           6-3       210      Sr.        Plainfield, NJ

WR      Tyler Lockett, Kansas State #                         5-11     175      Sr.        Tulsa, OK

TE       Maxx Williams, Minnesota                             6-4       250      Soph.   Waconia, MN

OL       Andrus Peat, Stanford                                                6-7       316      Jr.        Chandler, AZ

OL       Spencer Drango, Baylor                                  6-6       310      Jr.        Cedar Park, TX

OL       A.J. Cann, South Carolina                              6-4       311      Sr.        Bamberg, SC

OL       Arie Kouandjio, Alabama                               6-5       316      Sr.        Hyattsville, MD

C         Hronus Grassu, Oregon                                  6-3       297      Sr.        Los Angeles, CA

QB      Trevone Boykin, TCU                                    6-2       205      Jr.        Dallas, TX

RB       James Conner, Pittsburgh                               6-2       250      Soph.   Erie, PA

RB       Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska                            5-9       195      Sr.        Homewood, AL

PK       Brad Craddock, Maryland                              6-0       185      Jr.        Adelaide, Australia


Second Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Ht        Wgt     Yr.      Hometown

DL       Malcolm Brown, Texas                                   6-2       320      Jr.        Brenham, TX

DL       Leonard Williams, USC                                  6-5       300      Jr.        Daytona Beach, FL

DL       Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State @              6-5       256      Jr.        Middletown, NJ

DL       Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida                               6-3       277      Fr.        St. Petersburg, FL

DL       Danny Shelton, Washington                           6-2       339      Sr.        Auburn, WA

LB       Jordan Hicks, Texas                                        6-1       234      Sr.        Cincinnati, OH

LB       Eric Kendricks, UCLA                                   6-0       230      Sr.        Fresno, CA

LB       Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State        6-5       249      Jr.        Tunica, MS

DB      Jeremy Cash, Duke                                         6-2       205      Jr.        Miami, FL

DB      Trae Waynes, Michigan State                         6-1       182      Jr.        Kenosha, WI

DB      Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida                      5-11     192      Fr.        Tampa, FL

DB      Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech                         6-0       190      Soph.   Baltimore, MD

P          Austin Rehkow, Idaho *                                6-3       215      Soph.   Veradale, WA

KR      Tyler Lockett, Kansas State #                         5-11     175      Sr.        Tulsa, OK



* – 2013 First Team Walter Camp All-American

@ – 2013 Second Team Walter Camp All-American

# – 2011 First Team Walter Camp All-American