Walter Camp 2022 Preseason All-America Teams, presented by 777 Partners

The Walter Camp Football Foundation, an all-volunteer organization and caretaker of the nation’s oldest college football All-America team, has announced its 2022 Preseason All American teams, presented by 777 Partners.

Ten players who earned Walter Camp All-American recognition in 2020 and/or 2021 are on the 2022 preseason list

Please also note:  the Foundation will be announcing the Players to Watch for the 2022 Walter Camp Player of Year on Friday, July 29 as part of the National College Football Awards Association Watch List rollout.

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,@WalterCampFF) – 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 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

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First Team Preseason Offense

WR: Jordan Addison (USC)*, Jaxson Smith-Njigba (Ohio State)

TE: Brock Bowers (Georgia)

OL:  Peter Skoronski (Northwestern), Andrew Vorhees (USC), O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida), Caleb Chandler (Louisville)

C:  Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame)

QB: Bryce Young (Alabama)#

RB:  Bijan Robinson (Texas), TreVeyon Henderson (Ohio State)

PK: Jake Moody (Michigan)*

First Team Preseason Defense

DL:  Bryan Bresee (Clemson), Jalen Carter (Georgia), Zion Tupuola-Fetui (Washington), Andre Carter II (Army West Point)

LB:  Will Anderson (Alabama), Trenton Simpson (Clemson), Noah Sewell (Oregon)

DB:  Cam Smith (South Carolina), Eli Ricks (Alabama), Kelee Ringo (Georgia), Antonio Johnson (Texas A&M)

P: Adam Korsak (Rutgers)#

KR:  Brian Battie (South Florida)*

Second Team Preseason Offense

WR:  Xavier Worthy (Texas), Kayshon Boutte (LSU)

TE:  Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)

OL:  John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota), Dawand Jones (Ohio State), Jordan McFadden (Clemson), Zach Frazier (West Virginia)#

C: Olusegun Oluwatimi (Michigan)

QB: Caleb Williams (USC)

RB: Sean Tucker (Syracuse)#, Blake Corum (Michigan)

PK:  Noah Ruggles (Ohio State), #

Second Team Preseason Defense

DL: Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh), Gervon Dexter (Florida), Jaxon Player (Baylor), Jacob Slade (Michigan State)

LB: Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington), Ivan Pace, Jr. (Cincinnati), Carlton Martial (Troy)

DB: Steven Jones, Jr. (Appalachian State)#, Riley Moss (Iowa), Clark Phillips III (Utah), Brandon Joseph (Notre Dame)%

P:  Kyle Ostendorp (Arizona)

KR:  Charlie Jones (Purdue)

* – 2021 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection

# – 2021 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection

% – 2020 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection

2022 Walter Camp Ring of Honor Golf Classic Weekend

3 – Walter Camp Players of the Year,
3 – Heisman Trophy winners,
2 – NFL Hall of Famers,
1 – NBA Hall of Fame member,
1 – current NHL star just to name a few!

A sold-out field of 36 foursomes had an experience of a lifetime at the 2022 Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Ring of Honor Golf Classic, Monday June 13 th at Race Brook CC in Orange, CT. Each foursome played at least nine holes with a “Special Guest”.

The Ring of Honor welcomed Archie Griffin and Ty Law, who were officially inducted on Sunday evening June 12 th at a ceremony and reception on the Rooftop at Goodfellas – New Haven. There were approximately 100 guests attending this exclusive event held in conjunction with the next day’s Golf Classic. The Weekend Presenting Sponsor was Seamless Health GA. The Induction Ceremony & Reception was sponsored by The New England Patriots Foundation, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan.

The Foundation and its new President, Anthony Mortali, hosted some of the greats of professional sports. In addition to Griffin and Law, the celebrities joining the golfing foursomes included former Patriots running back, Kevin Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer, Will Shields, Heisman winners Griffin (1974, 1975) Mike Rozier – Nebraska (1983), George Rogers- South Carolina (1980). Griffin, Rozier, and Hugh Green – Pittsburgh (1980) were Walter Camp Players of the Year. ESPN Personality, John Anderson, former Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier, Cornell and Minnesota Vikings running back, turned actor, Ed Marinaro (Hill St. Blues, Laverne & Shirley, Sisters, Blue Mountain State, Dallas Cowboys Flozell Adams, NBA Hall of Famer, CT native Calvin Murphy, current NHL star, Tage Thompson – Buffalo Sabres, former UCONN/NFL tight end, Sean Mulcahy, SCSU all-time leading receiver, Chris Ortiz, New England Patriots Irving Fryar, CT native NiKo Koutouvides, NFL Alumni Representative for CT, and current WCFF Alumni President, Ken Huff – a former member of the Washington Redskins famed “HOGS” offensive line.

The Foundation made a special check presentation to Special Olympics Connecticut prior to teeing off.

Next year’s Induction Ceremony/Golf Classic is scheduled for June 11-12, 2023.

Archie Griffin and Ty Law to be Inducted into the Ring of Honor

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New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced today, that two notable players in the history of college football will be the latest college greats to be inducted into The Foundation’s Ring of Honor, in ceremonies to be held in conjunction with The Foundation’s annual Ring of Honor Golf Classic June 12-14 in New Haven.

“The Ring of Honor recognizes former players, coaches and individuals who have played a significant role in the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s history and tradition”. The Walter Camp Football Foundation is thrilled to bestow this honor on two college football greats, Archie Griffin, Walter Camp All-American, Player of the Year (1974, 1975), 1993 Walter Camp Alumni Award winner and a member of the All-Time All-America Team from The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan’s Ty Law, 1994 Walter Camp All-American, longtime member of the New England Patriots, 3-time SuperBowl champ, and NFL Hall of Famer, said WCFF President Tony Mortali.

“The Mission of The Foundation is to preserve and promote the tradition of selecting a collegiate All-America Football Team as started by Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” in 1889, while also paying tribute to individuals who contribute to the great American game of football, perpetuate his ideals and support humanitarian programs and activities”. No two individuals are more fitting of this honor than Archie Griffin and Ty Law, Mortali continued.

Griffin and Law join previous Ring of Honor inductees: Herschel Walker, Tony Dorsett, Tim Brown, Cornelius Bennett, Hugh Green, and Tommie Frazier.

ESPN’s Chris Berman is expected to return as the event emcee.

 Proceeds from the Ring of Honor Golf Classic support the WCFF’s philanthropic goals. The Foundation provides financial, and manpower support to worthy adult-oriented and youth-focused educational organizations, which have collectively become known as “The Walter Camp Charities.”

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Walter Camp Foundation Announces Major Award Recipients to be Honored on March 12

In preparation for its 56th National Awards Gala on March 12, the Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Major Award recipients.

NFL Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones (Arkansas ’65) will receive the Distinguished American award.

The Walter Camp “Distinguished American” award is presented each year to an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done.  He or she may have a record of dedication to mankind that should not pass unrecognized and a life that has been dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal.   The recipient need not have participated in football but must be one who understands its lesson of self-denial, cooperation and teamwork, and one who is a person of honesty, integrity and dedication.  He or she must be a leader, an innovator, even a pioneer, who has reached a degree of excellence that distinguishes him or her from contemporaries, as well as someone who lives within the principles of Walter Camp.

Jones joins previous recipients of the Walter Camp Distinguished American honor include nationally-respected sportscasters Keith Jackson (1995), Pat Summerall (2004) and Verne Lundquist (2014), all-purpose television personality Regis Philbin (2003), former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (1994), world-renowned entertainer Bob Hope (1985), former college coach Eddie Robinson (1982), and former NFL standout Archie Manning.

NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys standout wide receiver Drew Pearson (Tulsa ’73) is the recipient of the Man of the Year honor.

The Walter Camp “Man of the Year” award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He must have attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service for the benefit of his community, country and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp.

Pearson joins a distinguished list of former “Man of the Year” winners, including Roger Staubach (Navy), Gale Sayers (Kansas), Dick Butkus (Illinois), John Elway (Stanford), Jerome Bettis (Notre Dame), and 2019 recipient Curtis Martin (Pittsburgh).

Two former Walter Camp Player of Year winners – 1991 recipient Desmond Howard (Michigan ’92) and 1996 honoree Danny Wuerffel (Florida ’97) — will share the Alumni Award

The Walter Camp “Alumni of the Year” award is bestowed on a worthy individual who has distinguished himself in the pursuit of excellence as an athlete, in his personal career and in doing good works for others.  He must be an individual who has exhibited dedication and good moral conduct in achieving success. He must be a compassionate and unselfish person who contributes his time and assistance in helping to encourage and comfort fellow human beings less talented and less fortunate than himself.  He must be an individual who takes pride in having been a Walter Camp All-American.

Former Alumni Award recipients include  including Bo Jackson (Auburn), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Herschel Walker (Georgia), Tim Brown (Notre Dame), Doug Williams (Grambling State), Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) and 2019 recipient and member of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams Von Miller (Texas A&M).

Jerry Jones – Distinguished American

The owner/president/general manager since 1989, Jerry Jones has led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX).   In 2014, he was named NFL Executive of the Year and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

A graduate of the university of Arkansas, he was a member of the Razorbacks’ 1964 FWAA College Football National Championship team.  Jones graduated from Arkansas in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, and earned a Master of Arts degree from the university that same year

Aside from being one of just three current owners to guide their franchises to at least three Super Bowl titles, Jones’ efforts in the areas of sports marketing, promotion and the development of AT&T Stadium have created a vivid imprint on the landscape of the NFL and the American sports culture.

On the heels of his recent Hall of Fame selection, Jones was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds in commemoration of Forbes magazine’s 100th year anniversary in 2017. In that same year, he was also recognized for his career contributions to sports in America by being named the 2017 recipient of the Sports Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to his enshrinement in Canton, USA Today designated Jones as No. 1 on its list of the 100 Most Important People in the NFL in July of 2016.   

In 2013, Jones was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame, an award which celebrates leadership of a lifetime of success on the field, in the boardroom and in the community.  In April 2014, Jones received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in Washington, D.C. and was inducted as a lifetime member into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In May 2014, Jones was also recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

Jerry and his wife Gene were also named to The Army’s National Advisory Board in April 1998 shortly after being named the organization’s Partners of the Year in 1997. In April 2007, the Joneses served as the honorary chairpersons for The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Organizations Conference (NAOC) that was held in Dallas.  For the past 21 seasons, the Jones Family has dedicated the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime show as a national showcase to kick off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The Jones Family received the Evangeline Booth Award in 1999, one of The Army’s highest national community service awards, and have been selected for membership into the prestigious Salvation Army William Booth Society.

Drew Pearson – Man of Year

A native of South River, N.J., Drew Pearson accepted a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa as a quarterback before coverting to wide receiver.  Playing in a run-oriented offense, he finished his college career with 55 receptions for 690 yards and five touchdowns.  In 1985, he was inducted into the Tulsa Athletics Hall of Fame.

He signed as a undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1973 and proceeded to make the team play the next 11 seasons with the club.   Pearson helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978.  He was known a “Mr. Clutch” for his numerous clutch catches in game-winning situations, including the Hail Mary reception from Roger Staubach that sealed a 1975 playoff victory over the Vikings. 

Pearson was a three-time Pro Bowl honoree, and is a member of the NFL 1970’s All Decade Team.  He retired as the Cowboys’ all-time receiving leader (7,822 yards).    A member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, Pearson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

Desmond Howard – Alumni Award, presented by Underwater Construction

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Desmond Howard was a three-sport standout at St. Joseph High School and attended the University of Michigan.  During his collegiate career, he set or tied five NCAA and 12 Wolverine record.   In 1991, he scored 21 touchowns (19 receiving, 1 punt return and 1 kickoff return) and won the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Heisman Trophy awards. 

He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins and played 11 seasons for six teams.   A First Team All-Pro in 1996 as he led the NFL in punt return yards (875) and punt return touchdowns (3) for the Green Bay Packers, who won Super Bowl XXXI.  In that Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots, Howard totaled a Super Bowl record 244 all-purpose yards and one kickoff return for a touchdown, which earned him Super Bowl MVP honors.

In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.   Howard currently works for ESPN as a college football analyst and appears on ESPN College Gameday.

Danny Wuerffel – Alumni Award, presented by Underwater Construction

In 1996, Danny Wuerffel completed 207-of-360 passes for 3,625 yards (an SEC record at the time) for a nation-leading 39 touchdowns as the Gators, under legendary coach Steve Spurrier, won the National Championship by defeating Florida State, 52-20, in the Sugar Bowl.  

A consensus All-American, Wuerffel also won the Davey O’Brien (nation’s top quarterback), and Heisman Trophy that year.   He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints and played six seasons in the NFL for four different teams.  He also played in NFL Europe and led the Rhein Fire to a league title and was named MVP of the World Bowl in 2000.

Following his playing career, Wuerffel began work for Desire Street Ministries, a non-profit organization that seeks to help impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.  In 2005, the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach created the Wuerffel Trophy in his honor.  It is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field. 

The Major Award winners will be honored, along with the members of the 2021 Walter Camp All-America Team, Player of Year Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State), Coach of Year Luke Fickell (Cincinnati) and Connecticut Players of Year (Will Levis-Kentucky and Tyler Van Dyke-Miami) at the Foundation’s 56th National Awards Gala, presented by 777 Partners, on Saturday, March 12 at Yale University’s Schwarzman Center.    

National Awards Gala tickets are $450 and available at https://waltercamp.org/product/awards-dinner/

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,@WalterCampFF) – 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 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

Levis (Kentucky) and Van Dyke (Miami) Selected as Walter Camp’s 2021 Connecticut Players of Year, presented by Talent Champions Council

Kentucky junior quarterback Will Levis (Madison, CT/Xavier HS) and Miami redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (Glastonbury, CT/Suffield Academy) are the recipients of the Walter Camp 2021 Connecticut Player of Year award, presented by Talent Champions Council.   

The award is presented to the top college football player(s) 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.

Will Levis, Quarterback, University of Kentucky (Madison, CT/Xavier HS)

Levis started in all 13 games and helped lead UK to 10 wins for the fourth time in school history.  He totaled 3,202 yards of total offense and was just the seventh player in school history to reach 3,000 yards total offense in a season.  Levis completed 233 of 353 passes for 2,827 yards (66.0) and 24 touchdown throws.  He added 376 yards and a team-high tying nine rushing touchdowns.

Levis ranked in the top 10 in several statistical categories in the Southeastern Conference, including fourth in offense touchdowns (33), sixth in total offensive yards (3,203), total passing yards (2,827), and passing touchdowns (24).  Levis played scholastically for Xavier High School in the Southern Connecticut Conference.

Tyler Van Dyke, Quarterback, University of Miami (Glastonbury, CT/Suffield Academy)

A redshirt freshman, Van Dyke was thrust into a starting role and completed 202-of-324 passes (62.3%) for 2,931 yards and 25 touchdowns.  He had six straight games of throwing three or more touchdown passes.  Miami was 5-1 in those games.    Van Dyke’s best game came on Oct. 30 in a win over nationally-ranked Pittsburgh when he completed 32-of-42 for 426 yards and three touchdowns.

Van Dyke played scholastically for at Suffield Academy, and led the team to an undefeated season and the NEPSAC Class A Championship in 2019.

Levis and Van Dyke will be honored, along with the members of the 2021 Walter Camp All-America Team, Player of Year Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State) and Coach of Year Luke Fickell (Cincinnati) at the Foundation’s 56th National Awards Gala, presented by 777 Partners, on Saturday, March 12 at Yale University’s Schwarzman Center.    

National Awards Gala tickets are $450 and available at https://waltercamp.org/product/awards-dinner/

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,@WalterCampFF) – 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 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

Walter Camp 2021 FCS All America Team

The Walter Camp FCS All-America team is voted by the FCS sports information directors.

Offense

Wide Receiver: Xavier Gipson, sophomore, Stephen F. Austin; BJ Byrd, senior, Morehead State

Tight End:  Kemari Averett, senior, Bethune-Cookman

Offensive Line:  Trevor Penning, junior, Northern Iowa; Cordell Volson, senior, North Dakota State; Cole Strange, senior, Tennessee Chattanooga, Lewis Kidd, senior, Montana State

Center:   Thomas Parker, junior, Sacramento State

Quarterback:  Eric Barriere, senior, Eastern Washington

Running Back:  Quay Holmes, freshman, East Tennessee State;Pierre Strong, Jr, senior, South Dakota State

Placekicker:  Ethan Ratke, senior, James Madison

Defense

Defensive Line:  Jared Brinkman, senior, Northern Iowa; Josiah Silver, freshman, New Hampshire; Nate Lynn, senior, William & Mary; Jahari Kay, senior, Sam Houston State

Linebackers:  Isaiah Land, junior, Florida A&M; Troy Anderson, senior, Montana State; Matt Shotwell, senior, Cal Poly; Forrest Rhyne, graduate, Villanova

Defensive Backs:  Justin Ford, senior, Montana; Darius Joiner, senior, Western Illinois; Christian Benford, senior, Villanova; Markquese Bell, senior, Florida A&M

Punter:  Brian Buschini, freshman, Montana

Kick Returner:  Rashid Shaheed, senior, Weber Sate

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,@WalterCampFF) – 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 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

Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell Selected Walter Camp 2021 FBS Coach of Year, presented by KeyBank

Luke Fickell, head coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, is the Walter Camp 2021 Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of Year, presented by KeyBank. 

The Walter Camp Coach of Year is selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.  Fickell is the first coach from UC and the American Athletic Conference to earn the award. 

This season, Cincinnati’s fifth-year head coach led the Bearcats to the only undefeated (13-0) record in college football and a second-consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship.

No. 4 Cincinnati will face top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinals in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 31.

This season, Cincinnati is one of only two teams in the nation that ranks in the Top 10 in scoring offense (8th – 39.2) and scoring defense (4th – 16.1) and features 12 All-AAC First Team selections, and Walter Camp All-America selections — defensive backs Coby Bryant (1st team) and Ahmad Gardner (2nd team).

Fickell led UC to back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019, and a 9-1 overall record in the condensed 2020 season.

He is a three-time AAC Coach of the Year, winning the conference honors in 2021, 2020 and 2018.  Fickell was also named The Home Depot National Coach of the Year and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year earlier this month.

The 23-year veteran of the FBS coaching ranks took the reins of the UC program after spending 16 years at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. His impressive resume includes being on the staff of two national-championship winning teams (2002 and 2014), seeing more than 40 players selected in the NFL Draft, including 14 first-rounders, and coordinating outstanding defenses over 12 seasons as a co-coordinator or defensive coordinator.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Fickell is a graduate of DeSales High School, where he was a three-time, undefeated state wrestling champion.  Fickell played for Ohio State from 1992-96, redshirting the first year and then starting the next four seasons at nose guard.  He graduated in 1997 with a degree in exercise science.  

Fickell and his wife Amy have six children.

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,@WalterCampFF) – 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 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

Walter Camp Coaches of the Year

2021 – Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

2020 – Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina

2019 – Ed Orgeron, LSU

2018 – Nick Saban, Alabama

2017 – Mark Richt, Miami

2016 – Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

2015 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson

2014 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2013 – David Cutcliffe, Duke

2012 – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

2011 – Les Miles, LSU

2010 – Chip Kelly, Oregon

2009 – Gary Patterson, TCU

2008 – Nick Saban, Alabama

2007 – Mark Mangino, Kansas

2006 – Greg Schiano, Rutgers

2005 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

2004 – Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

2003 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2002 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

2001 – Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

2000 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

1999 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

1998 – Bill Synder, Kansas State

1997 – Lloyd Carr, Michigan

1996 – Bruce Snyder, Arizona State

1995 – Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1994 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1993 – Terry Bowden, Auburn

1992 – Gene Stallings, Alabama

1991 – Bobby Bowden, Florida State

1990 – Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech

1989 – Bill McCartney, Colorado

1988 – Don Nehlen, West Virginia

1987 – Dick MacPherson, Syracuse

1986 – Jimmy Johnson, Miami

1985 – Fisher DeBerry, Air Force

1984 – Joe Morrison, South Carolina

1983 – Mike White, Illinois

1982 – Jerry Stovall, Louisiana State

1981 – Jackie Sherrill, Pittsburgh

1980 – Vince Dooley, Georgia

1979 – John Mackovic, Wake Forest

1978 – Warren Powers, Missouri

1977 – Lou Holtz, Arkansas

1976 – Frank R. Burns, Rutgers

1975 – Frank Kush, Arizona State

1974 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma

1973 – Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh

1972 – Joe Paterno, Penn State

1971 – Bob Devaney, Nebraska

1970 – Bob Blackman, Dartmouth

1969 – Bo Schembechler, Michigan

1968 – Woody Hayes, Ohio State

1967 – John Pont, Indiana

Walter Camp All-Connecticut Teams Announced; 14th Annual Breakfast of Champions is January 8

The Walter Camp Football Foundation will host its 14th High School “Breakfast of Champions,” on Saturday, January 8 at The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. 

Tickets are $50 if purchased online (https://waltercamp.eventchamp.com/) or $60 if purchased by cash/check on the day of the event.

The four Connecticut high school 2021 state champions – Darien (Class LL), Maloney of Meriden (Class L), Killingly (Class M) and Cromwell/Portland co-op (Class S) – will be recognized.    

Darien, which finished as the number-one team in the state’s final polls, will be recognized as the Joseph W. Kelly Award winner.

The finalists for the 2021 Coach of the Year, presented by Stadium System, are Randell Bennett (Cromwell/Portland co-op), Mike Forget (Darien) and Kevin Frederick (Maloney)

The three finalists for the 2021 Player of the Year are Camryn Edwards (Norwalk), Victor Rosa (Bristol Central) and Theodore Williams (Cromwell/Portland co-op).

In addition, members of the 2021Walter Camp All-Connecticut Teams (1st and 2nd) will be recognized.

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.

NOTE:  The Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team is voted on by a Selection Committee, which is comprised of 10 high school head coaches that represent nine conferences around the state.

First Team Walter Camp All-Connecticut – 2021

Offense

QB: Victor Rosa (Bristol Central)

RB: Tighe Commiskey (Darien), Camryn Edwards (Norwalk)

WR: Nicholas Saccu (Masuk), Corbin Smith (Trumbull)

TE: Theodore Williams (Cromwell/Portland co-op)

OL: Ned Brady (New Canaan), Daniel Lauretti (Bristol Central), Kyshawn Togba (West Haven), Matthew Weiner (Shelton), Travis Wright (Maloney)

Defense

LB: Owen Brunk (Cromwell/Portland co-op), Ryan O’Connell (Fairfield Prep), Antwone Santiago (Platt)

DB: Jack Coughlin (Amity Regional), Ian Graham (Maloney), Tymaine Smith (Fairfield Prep), Parker Woodring (Wilton)

DL: Terrence Allen (Killingly), David Evanchick (Darien), Austin Pszczolkowski (Southington), Prince Samuels (Windsor)

Special Teams

PK:  Christiano Rosa (Shelton)

P: Jack Barnum (Southington)

Returner: Logan Galletta (Greenwich)

Second Team Walter Camp All-Connecticut – 2021

Offense

QB: Andrew Nye (Morgan)

RB: Ethan O’Brien (Daniel Hand), Jack Sharpe (Killingly)

WR: Seth Sweitzer (Daniel Hand), Maxwell Warren (St. Joseph)

TE: Ben Carley (Trumbull)

OL:  Johnni Bassani (New Fairfield), Jake Delfino (Trumbull), Joseph Hawkins (West Haven), Jake Kiernan (Greenwich), Michael Sinisi (Greenwich)

Defense

LB: Tayshawn Dixon (Notre Dame-Fairfield), Mark McLaughlin (Stafford/East Windsor/Somers co-op), Zachary Truting (Simsbury)

DB: Christian Alliegro (Darien), Mathyas Nieves (Wethersfield), Mysonne Pollard (Norwalk), Camyran Winder (Hamden)

DL: Jack Mullen (Fairfield Prep), Cole Murphy (Darien), Rakaigh Pettway (Notre Dame-Fairfield), Henry Tyus (Rockville)

Special Teams

PK: Tyler Groff (New Canaan)

P: Michael Cooper (Wilton)

Returner: Matthew Minicus (Darien)

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2021 Walter Camp All-America Teams, presented by 777 Partners

A Little History

This is the 132nd edition of the Walter Camp All-America team, the nation’s oldest college football All-American team, and presented by 777 Partners. Twenty-six players were selected to the first team by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.  In addition, 26 players were selected to the Second Team.

• From 1889 to 1964, eleven players were selected.

• In 1965, both offensive and defensive teams were picked.

• In 1972, the first punter (Ray Guy, Southern Mississippi) was honored.

• In 1975, the first placekicker (Chris Bahr, Penn State) was selected.

• In 1998, the first-ever Second Team All-America team was recognized.

• In 2001, the first kick returner (Herb Haygood, Michigan State) was picked.

Conference Info

In all, 36 different schools from nine conferences (including independents) were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 51 players selected).     Overall, the Southeastern Conference has the most honorees (14), followed by the Big Ten (12) and Atlantic Coast Conference (6).

Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and Pittsburgh each have two First Team selections.  Alabama has four players – two on the First Team and two on the Second Team – recognized.   Ohio State had three Second Team selections.

Good to See You Again

Four players on the 2021 Walter Camp All-America teams are repeat selections.  First Team selection Breece Hall (Iowa State) was a First Team honoree in 2020.  First Teamers Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) and Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) were both Second Team honorees as year ago.  In addition, Kenyon Green (Texas A&M) is a repeat Second Team selection.

Player of the Year Kenneth Walker III

The 55th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, junior running back Kenneth Walker III is the first Michigan State player to win the prestigious honor.  Walker III is the 25th running back to earn the award, and the first since Derrick Henry (Alabama) in 2015.   Walker is also the 11th player from a Big Ten school to win the award since it began in 1967.  Walker ranks second in the nation and first among Power Five players at 1,614 rushing yards and 134.5 yards per game, and his 18 rushing touchdowns are tied for fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Then and Now

Twenty different schools are represented on the 2021 Walter Camp All-America First Team.  Of the 20 schools, Michigan has the most storied tradition of placing members on the team. The Wolverines had their first selection in 1903, halfback William Heston.  

This year, Michigan has two First Team selections (placekicker Jake Moody and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson).   Since 1903, Michigan has had 80 Walter Camp All-Americans.

Class Distinction

Of the 25 First Team selections, eight are seniors and two have graduate status.  There are nine juniors, and six sophomores.  On the Second Team (26 total selections), there are 12 seniors, 10 juniors, two sophomores, one freshman and one graduate.

Walter Camp Weekend 2022

The Walter Camp All-Americans will be recognized at the Foundation’s annual awards weekend, which will be held Feb. 25-26 in New Haven, CT.  

2021 Walter Camp All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year            Hometown

WR      David Bell, Purdue                                         6-2       205      Jr.            Indianapolis, IN

WR      Jordan Addison, Pittsburgh                            6-0       175      Soph.            Frederick, MD

TE       Trey McBride, Colorado State                       6-4       260      Sr.            Fort Morgan, CO

OL       Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State              6-4       320      Soph.            Charlotte, NC

OL       Evan Neal, Alabama                                       6-7       350      Jr.            Okeechobee, FL

OL       Darian Kinnard, Kentucky                             6-5       345      Sr.            Knoxville, TN

OL       Zion Johnson, Boston College                       6-3       316      Grad.             Bowie, MD

C         Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa #                              6-3       290      Jr.            Solon, IA

QB       Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh                               6-3       220      Sr.            Oakhurst, NJ

RB       Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State              5-10     210      Jr.            Arlington, TN

RB       Breece Hall, Iowa State #                               6-1       220      Jr.            Wichita, KS

PK       Jake Moody, Michigan                                   6-1       211      Sr.            Northville, MI

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year            Hometown

DL       Jordan Davis, Georgia                                    6-6       340      Sr.            Charlotte, NC

DL       Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan                         6-6       265      Sr.            Plymouth, MI

DL       Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon                         6-5       258      Soph.            Los Angeles, CA

DL       Jermaine Johnson, Florida State                     6-5       262      Sr.            Eden Prairie, MN

LB       Will Anderson, Alabama                                6-4       243      Soph.            Hampton, GA

LB       Nakobe Dean, Georgia                                   6-0       225      Jr.            Horn Lake, MS

LB       Devin Lloyd, Utah                                          6-3       235      Jr.            Chula Vista, CA

DB       Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame #                       6-4       220      Jr.            Atlanta, GA

DB       Coby Bryant, Cincinnati                                 6-1       198      Grad.            Cleveland, OH

DB       Jalen Pitre, Baylor                                          6-0       197      Sr.            Stafford, TX

DB       Verone McKinley, Oregon                             5-11     194      Soph.            Carrollton, TX

P          Matt Araiza, San Diego State                         6-2       200      Jr.            San Diego, CA

KR       Brian Battie, South Florida                             5-8       170      Soph.            Sarasota, FL

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year            Hometown

WR      Drake London, USC                                       6-5       210      Jr.            Moorepark, CA

WR      Chris Olave, Ohio State                                  6-1       188      Sr.            San Ysidro, CA

WR      Jameson Williams, Alabama                          6-2       189      Jr.            St. Louis, MO

TE       Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina                      6-4       240      Sr.            Cambridge, MA

OL       Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State                     6-5       315      Jr.            Tampa, FL

OL       Kenyon Green, Texas A&M   *                      6-4       325      Jr.            Humble, TX

OL       Jamaree Salyer, Georgia                                 6-4       325      Sr.            Atlanta, GA

OL       Max Mitchell, Louisiana                                6-6       299      Jr.             Monroe, LA

C         Zach Frazier, West Virginia                           6-3       306      Soph.             Fairmont, WV

QB       Bryce Young, Alabama                                  6-0       194      Soph.            Pasadena, CA

RB       Sean Tucker, Syracuse                                   5-10     210      Fr.            Owings Mills, MD

RB       Tyler Badie, Missouri                                     5-8       194      Sr.            New Orleans, LA

PK       Noah Ruggles, Ohio State                              6-2       190      Grad.            Odesa, FL

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year            Hometown

DL       Cameron Thomas, San Diego State                6-5       270      Jr.            Carlsbad, CA

DL       George Karlaftis, Purdue                                6-4       275      Jr.            West Lafayette, IN

DL       DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M                         6-4       290      Jr.            San Antonio, TX

DL       Sam Williams, Ole Miss                                 6-4       265      Sr.            Montgomery, AL

LB       Leo Chenal, Wisconsin                                   6-2       260      Jr.            Grantsburg, WI

LB       Chad Muma, Wyoming                                  6-3       242      Sr.            Lone Tree, CO

LB       Damone Clark, LSU                                       6-3       240      Sr.            Baton Rouge, LA

DB       Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati                           6-3       200      Jr.            Detroit, MI

DB       Matt Hankins, Iowa                                        6-0       185      Sr.            Lewisville, TX

DB       Jaylan Foster, South Carolina                        5-10     195      Sr.            Duncan, SC

DB       Steven Jones, Jr., Appalachian State              5-10     180      Sr.            Rockingham, NC

P          Adam Korsak, Rutgers                                   6-2       190      Sr.            Melbourne, Australia

KR       Marcus Jones, Houston                                   5-8       185      Sr.            Enterprise, AL

# – 2020 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection

* 2020 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection        

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Michigan State Running Back Kenneth Walker III is the 2021 Walter Camp Player of Year

Michigan State junior running back Kenneth Walker III (Arlington, TN) has been selected as the 2021 Walter Camp Player of Year.  The award was announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show. The Walter Camp Player of Year is voted on by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.    

Other finalists for the 2021 Walter Camp Player of Year award included quarterbacks Bryce Young (Alabama) and Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh) along with defensive players Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) and Jordan Davis (Georgia).

Walker is the first Michigan State player to win the prestigious honor.  He is the 25th running back to earn the award, and the first since Derrick Henry (Alabama) in 2015.   Walker is also the 11th player from a Big Ten school to win the award since it began in 1967. 

The Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year winner, Walker was named a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. Walker ranks second in the nation and first among Power Five players at 1,636 rushing yards and 136.3 yards per game, and his 18 rushing touchdowns are eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision

He has led the nation in rushing for all but three weeks this fall and leads the FBS in rushing yards after contact (1,154) and carries of 20-or-more yards (21).  Walker has posted eight 100-yard rushing efforts, including a season-high 264 in a victory over Northwestern on September 3.  He also scored a season-high five touchdowns in a win over Big Ten-rival Michigan on Oct. 30 and earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of Week honors.

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.

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.

Walter Camp Players of the Year

2021 – Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

2020 – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

2019 – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

2018 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

2017 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

2016 – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville 

2015 – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

2014 – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

2013 – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2012 – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

2011 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2010 – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

2009 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

2008 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

2007 – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

2006 – Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State

2005 – Reggie Bush, RB, USC

2004 – Matt Leinart, QB, USC

2003 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh

2002 – Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State

2001 – Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska

2000 – Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma

1999 – Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin

1998 – Ricky Williams, RB, Texas

1997 – Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan

1996 – Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida

1995 – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State

1994 – Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado

1993 – Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State

1992 – Gino Torretta, QB, Miami

1991 – Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan

1990 – Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame

1989 – Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana

1988 – Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State

1987 – Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame

1986 – Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami

1985 – Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn

1984 – Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College

1983 – Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska

1982 – Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia

1981 – Marcus Allen, RB, USC

1980 – Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh

1979 – Charles White, RB, USC

1978 – Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma

1977 – Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame

1976 – Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh

1975 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

1974 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

1973 – John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State

1972 – Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska

1971 – Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn

1970 – Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford

1969 – Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma

1968 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

1967 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC