In January, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its 131st College Football All-America teams, the oldest All-America squad in the nation and major award winners — Player of Year DeVonta Smith (Alabama), Coach of Year Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina) and Connecticut Player of Year Andrew Stueber (Michigan).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation was not able to host its annual Walter Camp Weekend Festivities, which includes the black-tie National Awards Dinner on the Yale University Campus.
With the assistance of the All-America sports information directors and the team at GuyMark Studios, the Foundation is presenting the National Awards Virtual Show, presented by Innovative Health Plan II – Powered by AmWINS, which is now available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/OOkzt3qcJmw
“The 2020 college football season was certainly one we have never experienced,” Foundation President Mario Coppola said. “That is why it is an honor and privilege to continue our Foundation’s tradition of honoring the best players and coaches, albeit in a virtual fashion. We thank our sponsors and partners for their support to get this done. We hope you enjoy it.”
Led by Award Show host and current ESPN/ABC personality Kevin Negandhi, the Walter Camp National Awards virtual show is a 45-minute celebration of the 2020 college football season highlighting the Foundation’s 131st All-America team, and is presented by Innovative Health Plan II – Powered by AmWINS.
The 2020 Walter Camp All-America team consists of 51 players – 25 on the First team and 26 on the Second Team, as selected by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. In all, 35 different schools from 11 conferences were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 51 players selected). National champion Alabama had six First Team honorees – the most by a single team since Harvard had five selections (out of 11 total players) to the 1914 Walter Camp All-America team.
The 54th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, presented by McDermott Lexus of New Haven, is Alabama senior wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Smith is the third Alabama player to win the prestigious honor, joining quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (2018) and running back Derrick Henry (2015). Smith is the sixth wide receiver to earn the award, and the first since Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) in 2003. Smith is also the tenth player from a SEC school to win the award since it began in 1967.
The 2020 Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Smith recorded nation-leading totals in receptions (117), receiving yards (1,856) and touchdowns (23) for the national champion Crimson Tide, who defeated Ohio State, 52-24, in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 11.
The Walter Camp Coach of Year, presented by KeyBank, is Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell. Chadwell led the Chants to the program’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference Championship title and an 11-0 overall regular-season mark, including a perfect 8-0 conference record. Coastal then played in the program’s first-ever bowl game on Dec. 26 against No. 23 Liberty in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The Connecticut Player of Year, presented by Generation UCAN, is Andrew Stueber, a senior offensive lineman from the University Michigan and resident of Darien.
Walter Camp National Awards Virtual Show, presented by Innovative Health Plan II – Powered by AmWINS – https://youtu.be/OOkzt3qcJmw
DeVonta Smith, senior, wide receiver, Alabama
Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina
Andrew Stueber, Senior, offensive lineman, Michigan
Former Walter Camp All-Americans – Will Shields (Nebraska), Hugh Green (Pittsburgh), Luke Keuchly (Boston College), Morten Andersen (Michigan State), Tim Brown (Notre Dame), David Fulcher (Arizona), Herschel Walker (Georgia) and Matt Leinart (USC) – are featured on the virtual show.