The 2021 Walter Camp National Virtual Awards Show, presented by Innovative Health Plan II – Powered by AmWINS

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

Player of Year, presented by McDermott Lexus of New Haven

DeVonta Smith, senior, wide receiver, Alabama

Coach of Year, presented by KeyBank

Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina

Connecticut Player of Year, presented by Generation UCAN

Andrew Stueber, Senior, offensive lineman, Michigan

2020 Walter Camp All-America Teams, presented by Innovative Health Plan II – Powered by AmWINS

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.

Michigan’s Andrew Stueber Named Walter Camp Connecticut Player of the Year

University of Michigan senior offensive lineman Andrew Stueber  (Darien, CT) has been selected as Walter Camp’s 2019 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.

An Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, Stueber started at right tackle and right guard for the Wolverines this fall.   Stueber is the first Michigan player to earn Walter Camp Connecticut Player of Year honors. Stueber did not take any penalties and surrendered just one sack among four total pressures all season. He was awarded a pass-blocking efficiency grade of 98.3, among the highest scores in the Big Ten.

An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Stueber is currently enrolled in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business pursuing a degree in business administration.

A native of Darien, Stueber attended Darien High School was coached by Rob Trifone.  He led the Blue Wave to two state titles (2015 and 2016) was a two-time Walter Camp All-Connecticut first team honoree.

Stueber joins the members of the 2020 Walter Camp All-America First and Second teams, Player of the Year DeVonta Smith (Alabama) and Coach of the Year Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina) as the 2020 honorees.

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.  Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.

Connecticut Player of the Year

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.

2020 – Andrew Stueber, OL, Michigan

2019 – Christian Montano, C, Tulane

2018 – Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

2017 – Ervin Philips, WR, Syracuse

2016 – Noel Thomas, WR, Connecticut

2015 – Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

2014 – Tyler Murphy, QB, Boston College

2013 – Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College

2012 – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

2011 – Silas Redd, RB, Penn State

2010 – John Moffitt, OL, Wisconsin

2009 – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

2008 – Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue

2007 – Mike McLeod, RB, Yale

2006 – Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue

2005 – John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame

2004 – Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin; Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut

2003 – Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut

2002 – Niko Koutouvides, LB, Purdue

2001 – Dwight Freeney, DE, Syracuse

2000 – Peter Mazza, LB, Yale

1999 – Bobby Myers, DB, Wisconsin

1998 – Carl Bond, RB, Connecticut

1997 – Kyle McIntosh, RB, Syracuse

1996 – Tarek Salah, LB, Wisconsin

1995 – Tarek Salah, LB, Wisconsin

1994 – Jason Miska, LB, Auburn

1993 – Chris Zingo, LB, Cornell

1992 – Curtis Eller, LB, Villanova

1991 – Corey Vincent, DL, Holy Cross

1990 – Rob Thomson, DB, Syracuse

1989 – Terry Wooden, LB, Syracuse

1988 – Glenn Antrum, WR, Connecticut

1987 – Bill Romanowski, LB, Boston College

1986 – Richard Comizio, RB, Pennsylvania

1985 – Tom Patton, DE, Holy Cross

1984 – No recipient

1983 – Steve Young, QB, Brigham Young

1982 – Mike Marshall, DB, Southern Conn.

1981 – Richard Diana, RB, Yale

2020 Walter Camp All-America Teams

A Little History

This is the 131st edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Twenty-five 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, 35 different schools from 11 conferences were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 51 players selected).     Overall, the Southeastern Conference has the most honorees (12), followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (11), Big Ten (7) and Big-12 (7).

Alabama has 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.

Notre Dame and Pittsburgh each have two First Team selections.    The Fighting Irish also have two Second Team honorees.  

Player of the Year DeVonta Smith

The 54th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, DeVonta 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 has recorded nation-leading totals in receptions (105), receiving yards (1,641) and touchdowns (20) for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, who will play Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 11.

Good to See You Again

Two players on the 2020 Walter Camp All-America teams are repeat selections.  First Team offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (Ohio State) was a Second Team honoree in 2019.  Second Team running back Travis Etienne (Clemson) earned Second Team honors last season.

Then and Now

Eighteen different schools are represented on the 2020 Walter Camp All-America First Team.  Of the 18 schools, Pittsburgh has the most storied tradition of placing members on the team. The Panthers had their first selection in 1915, center Bob Peck.   This year, Pittsburgh has two First Team selections (defensive ends Rashad Weaver and Patrick Jones II).   Since 1903, Pittsburgh has had 39 Walter Camp All-Americans, including three-time recipient Hugh Green (1978 to 1980).

Class Distinction

Of the 25 First Team selections, ten are seniors and three have graduate status.  There are ten juniors, one sophomore and one freshman (Northwestern DB Brandon Joseph). 

On the Second Team (26 total selections), there are 10 juniors and nine seniors.  There are five sophomores and two have graduate status.

2020 Walter Camp All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year    Hometown

WR      DeVonta Smith, Alabama                               6-1       175      Sr.        Amite, LA

WR      Elijah Moore, Ole Miss                                   5-9       184      Jr.        Fort Lauderdale, FL

TE       Kyle Pitts, Florida                                           6-6       246      Jr.        Philadelphia, PA

OL       Alex Leatherwood, Alabama                          6-3       312      Sr.        Pensacola, FL

OL       Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame                       6-6       302      Grad    Cleveland, OH

OL       Wyatt Davis, Ohio State         *                      6-4       315      Jr.        Bellflower, CA

OL       Brady Christensen, BYU                                6-6       300      Jr.        Bountiful, UT

C         Landon Dickerson, Alabama                          6-6       325      Sr.        Hickory, NC

QB      Mac Jones, Alabama                                       6-3       214      Jr.        Jacksonville, FL

RB       Najee Harris, Alabama                                    6-2       230      Sr.        Antioch, CA

RB       Breece Hall, Iowa State                                  6-1       215      Soph.   Wichita, KS

PK       Jose Borregalas, Miami                                   5-10     205      Sr.        Miami, FL

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year    Hometown

DL       Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina                    6-2       260      Grad    Aiken, SC

DL       Daviyon Nixon, Iowa                                     6-3       305      Jr.        Kenosha, WI

DL       Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh                            6-5       270      Grad    Fort Lauderdale, FL

DL       Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh                             6-5       260      Sr.        Chesapeake, VA

LB       Zaven Collins, Tulsa                                       6-4       260      Jr.        Hominy, OK

LB       Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame      6-1       215      Sr.        Hampton, VA

LB       Joseph Ossai, Texas                                        6-4       253      Jr.        Conroe, TX

DB      Brandon Joseph, Northwestern                      6-1       192      Fr.        College Station, TX

DB      Patrick Surtain II, Alabama                            6-2       202      Jr.        Plantation, FL

DB      Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State        5-11     190      Sr.        Miramar, FL

DB      Talanoa Hufanga, USC                                   6-1       215      Jr.        Corvallis, OR

P          Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech                  6-0       255      Sr.        Alcolu, SC

KR      Avery Williams, Boise State                           5-9       195      Sr.        Pasadena, CA

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year    Hometown

WR      Jaelon Darden, North Texas                           5-9       174      Sr.        Houston, TX

WR      Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State                      6-0       190      Sr.        Fort Worth, TX

TE       Charlie Kolar, Iowa State                               6-6       257      Jr.        Norman, OK

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

OL       Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech                  6-5       314      Jr.        Upper Marlboro, MD

OL       Aaron Banks, Notre Dame                             6-6       330      Sr.        Alameda, CA

OL       Cain Madden, Marshall                                  6-3       313      Sr.        South Webster, OH

C         Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa                                 6-3       289      Soph.   Solon, IA

QB      Trevor Lawrence, Clemson                             6-6       220      Jr.        Cartersville, GA

RB       Jaret Patterson, Buffalo                                  5-9       195      Jr.        Glendale, MD

RB       Travis Etienne, Clemson *                              5-10     205      Sr.        Jennings, LA

PK       Jake Oldroyd, BYU                                        6-1       195      Soph.   Southlake, TX

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt.     Wgt.    Year    Hometown

DL       Jaelan Phillips, Miami                                     6-5       266      Jr.        Redlands, CA

DL       Patrick Johnson, Tulane                                  6-3       255      Sr.        Chattanooga, TN

DL       Cade Hall, San Jose State                               6-2       260      Jr.        Morgan Hill, CA

DL       Haskell Garrett, Ohio State                            6-2       299      Sr.        Las Vegas, NV

DL       Darius Stills, West Virginia                            6-1       285      Sr.        Fairmont, WV

LB       Nick Bolton, Missouri                                     6-0       232      Jr.        Frisco, TX

LB       Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Washington                    6-3       280      Soph.       Pearl City, HI

LB       Grant Morgan, Arkansas                                 5-11     222      Grad.   Greenwood, AR

DB      Shaun Wade, Ohio State                                6-1       195      Grad.   Jacksonville, FL

DB      Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame                           6-4       219      Soph.   Atlanta, GA

DB      Shakur Brown, Michigan State                       5-11     190      Jr.        Stockbridge, GA

DB      Trevon Moehrig, TCU                                    6-2       202      Jr.        Spring Branch, TX

P          Jake Camarda, Georgia                                   6-2       180      Jr.        Norcross, GA

KR      Trestan Ebner, Baylor                                     5-11     208      Sr.        Henderson, TX

* 2019 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection

Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith is the 2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year

University of Alabama senior wide receiver DeVonta Smith (Amite, LA) has been selected as the 2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year.  The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

Other finalists for the 2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year award included quarterbacks Mac Jones (Alabama), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) and Kyle Trask (Florida) along with running back Najee Harris (Alabama).

The 54th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Smith is the third Alabama player to win the prestigious honor, joining quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (2018) and running back Derrick Henry (2015).  

Overall, 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.  

Smith has been the catalyst for top-ranked Alabama’s high-octane offense. He leads the nation in receptions (105), receiving yards (1,641), receiving touchdowns (20) and all-purpose yards (1,912).  He holds the Alabama single-season record for receiving touchdowns, while ranking second in both receiving yards and receptions.

The 2020 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Smith has eclipsed at least 100 yards receiving in eight of 12 contests in 2020, including a pair of 200-plus yard performances highlighted by his 219-yard effort at LSU.

He is just the third player in SEC history with 1,200 receiving yards in multiple seasons and the fourth Crimson Tide wideout to eclipse the 1,000-yard marker in multiple seasons.

Smith was dominant in the Crimson Tide’s five games against ranked opponents, totaling 46 receptions for 715 yards and nine touchdowns.  In addition, Smith has nine punt returns for 219 yards and a touchdown to go with three kickoffs totaling 46 yards

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

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

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Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell Selected 2020 Walter Camp Coach of the Year

Jamey Chadwell, head coach of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, is the Walter Camp 2020 Coach of the Year.  The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

Chadwell is the first coach from Sun Belt Conference to earn the award.

Chadwell, who was named the 2020 Sun Belt Coach of the Year, was also recently named the Werner Ladder AFCA FBS Region 2 Coach of the Year.  

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.

This season marked Coastal Carolina’s first-ever undefeated regular season and the first time that the Chanticleers have been ranked in either the Associated Press Top 25 Poll or the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.  In 2020, the Chanticleers posted two wins over FBS top 25 nationally-ranked opponents, including the first in program history, four wins over top 50 opponents, and ranked as high as No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The team earned 16 selections to the 2020 All-Sun Belt team, including 10 first-team selections. They also secured five of the conference’s six individual awards: Player and Freshman of the Year (quarterback Grayson McCall); Defensive Player of the Year (defensive end Tarron Jackson); Newcomer of the Year (cornerback D’Jordan Strong) and Coach of the Year (Chadwell).

Previously a head coach at North Greenville (Div. 2), Delta State (Div. 2) and Charleston Southern (FCS), Chadwell joined the Coastal Carolina program in 2017 as offensive coordinator, the program’s first year at the FBS level.  He led the team to a 3-9 record as interim coach that year in place of Joe Moglia, who missed coaching while on medical leave.  He was named head coach at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 18, 2019.

Chadwell was a four-year letterman at East Tennessee State University (1996-99) and was a two-year team captain for the Buccaneers. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business education in May 2000 from East Tennessee State. He also completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Charleston Southern in May 2006.

Chadwell and his wife Solmaz have three 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 – 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 recipien

Walter Camp Coaches of the Year

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

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Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces Five Finalists for 2020 Player of the Year Award

Three members of top-ranked Alabama comprise the list of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2020 Player of the Year award.  Senior running back Najee Harris, junior quarterback Mac Jones, and senior wide receiver Devonta Smith are on the list along with Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida senior quarterback Kyle Trask.

The 2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on Thursday, January 7 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.

Former LSU and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was the 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Harris was the MVP of the Southeastern Conference Championship game on Dec. 12, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 67 yards receiving and three more touchdowns. Harris leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24).  Harris ranks fourth in the nation with 1,262 rushing yards and has totaled 1,578 all-purpose yards in 2020, averaging 143.5 per game.

Jones is in his first full season as Alabama’s starting quarterback, leading the Crimson Tide to an 11-0 record and the SEC title. Jones has completed 250-of-327 passes for a nation-leading completion percentage of 76.5, while his passer rating of 202.3 also ranks first.  He has thrown for 3,739 yards (second-most in the nation) and 32 touchdowns (tied for third most). Jones has thrown for over 400 yards four times (the most in a career in Alabama history) and tossed four or more TDs six times.

Lawrence was named the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year while leading Clemson to the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. Lawrence became the first starting quarterback to win three ACC Championship Games.  Lawrence won all nine of his starts (he missed two games due to COVID protocols), completing 198-of-286 passes for 2,753 yards and a completion percentage of 69.2 with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He finished the season with a passer rating of 172.7.

Smith was named the 2020 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, leading Alabama to the SEC title and the top seed in the CFP.  Smith leads the country with 98 receptions and 1,511 receiving yards while his 17 touchdown catches and 137.4 receiving yards per game are both second-best in the nation. He posted four games with 11 or more receptions, including a career-best and SEC title-game record 15 against Florida. He recorded seven games with over 100 yards receiving (all with at least 144 yards), including 231 yards on eight catches at LSU.

Trask holds national-best totals of 375.0 passing yards per game, 4,125 passing yards, 43 touchdown passes, 46 overall touchdowns and 285 completions.  His 186.65 passer rating is fifth-best nationally while his completion percentage of 69.7 is ninth best. Trask’s 43 touchdown passes are tied for the eighth-highest total through 11 games in FBS history while his 375.0 passing yards per game is currently third-best ever in SEC history. Trask became the first player in SEC history and the only FBS quarterback in the last 15 seasons to throw at least three TD passes in nine consecutive games.

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 continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team. Visit www.waltercamp.org.

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. Visit www.ncfaa.org.

Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces “Players to Watch” for 2020 Player of the Year Award

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of twenty “Players to Watch” for its 2020- Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.

Players from the top seven teams in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings are on the list, including quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Davonta Smith and running back Najee Harris from top-ranked Alabama. Quarterback Ian Book from second-ranked Notre Dame is on the watch list along with quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne from third-ranked Clemson.    

The 20-player watch list includes eight quarterbacks, six running backs, six defensive players and two wide receivers/tight ends.  Fourteen different schools and eight conferences are represented on the list.

The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.   A list of five finalists will be announced on Monday, December 28, and the winner announced on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, January 7. 

The 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year was former LSU (and current Cincinnati Bengals) quatrerback Joe Burrow.

2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalists

Ian Book, QB, Senior, Notre Dame

Zaven Collins, LB, Junior, Tulsa

Travis Etienne, RB, Senior, Clemson

Justin Fields, QB, Junior, Ohio State

Breece Hall, RB, Sophomore, Iowa State

Najee Harris, RB, Senior, Alabama

Tarron Jackson, DE, RS Senior, Coastal Carolina

Buddy Johnson, LB, Senior, Texas A&M

Mac Jones, QB, Junior, Alabama

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Junior, Clemson

Daviyon Nixon, DL, Junior, Iowa

Jaret Patterson, RB, Junior, Buffalo

Kyle Pitts, TE, Junior, Florida

Desmond Ridder, QB, Junior, Cincinnati

Mike Rose, LB, Junior, Iowa State

Kedon Slovis, QB, Sophomore, USC

Devonta Smith, WR, Senior, Alabama

Kyle Trask, QB, Senior, Florida

Shaun Wade, DB, RS Junior, Ohio State

Zach Wilson, QB, Junior, BYU

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

North Carolina’s Michael Carter/Javonte Williams and USC’s Talanoa Hufanga Named Walter Camp FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending December 12.

About the Award: This is the 17th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.

OFFENSIVE CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MICHAEL CARTER and JAVONTE WILLIAMS, NORTH CAROLINA

Michael Carter – Senior, Running Back, Navarre, FL/Navarre

Javonte Williams – Junior, Running Back, Wallace, NC/Wallace-Rose Hill HS

Michael Carter (24-308, 2 TD’s) and Javonte Williams (23-236, 3 TD’s) combined for a NCAA-record 544 rushing yards as 17th-ranked North Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Miami, 62-26.  It was the seventh time in NCAA history that two teammates rushed for 200+ yards in a game.   The Tar Heels improved to 8-3 with the victory.

Notes: Michael Carter and Javonte Williams are the fifth and sixth UNC players to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third this season joining teammate Sam Howell (Nov. 15).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

TALANOA HUFANGA, USC

Junior, Safety, Corvallis, OR/Crescent Valley HS

Talanoa Hufanga registered 17 tackles (11 solo), including two for losses, forced one fumble and had one interception as 15th-ranked USC (5-0) defeated UCLA, 43-38.  USC clinched the Pac-12 South Division title with the victory.

Notes: Talanoa Hufanga is the sixth USC player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award began in 2004, and the first since former QB Cody Kessler (Oct. 19, 2014).

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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

Florida QB Kyle Trask and Indiana LB Micah McFadden Named Walter Camp FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending December 5.

About the Award: This is the 17th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KYLE TRASK, FLORIDA

Redshirt Senior, Quarterback, Manvel, TX/ Manvel

Kyle Trask passed for 433 yards (35-of-49) and four touchdowns as sixth-ranked Florida defeated Tennessee, 31-19.  Trask threw scoring passes of 4, 2, 8 and 12 yards as the Gators clinched the SEC East Division regular-season title.

Notes: Kyle Trak is the 11th Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since defensive end Jonathan Greenard (Nov. 17, 2019).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MICAH McFADDEN, INDIANA

Junior, Linebacker, Tampa, FL/Plant

Micah McFadden registered nine tackles (6 solo), including two for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 12th-ranked Indiana (6-1) defeated 16th-ranked Wisconsin, 14-6.  It was Indiana’s first win at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium since 2001.

Notes: Micah McFadden is the first Indiana player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award began in 2004.

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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

Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson and Colorado LB Nate Landman Named Walter Camp FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending November 28.

About the Award: This is the 17th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JARET PATTERSON, BUFFALO

Junior, Running Back, Glendale, MD/ Saint Vincent Pallotti

Jaret Patterson rushed for 409 yards (the second-highest single-game total in FBS history) and tied a FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns as Buffalo defeated Kent State, 70-41.  Patterson averaged 11.8 yards per carry (36 carrries, 409 yards) and scored had four scoring runs of 30 or more yards as the Bulls improved to 4-0 with the victory.

Notes: Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson earns Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors for the second time (he was also honored on Dec. 1, 2019)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NATE LANDMAN, COLORADO

Senior, Linebacker, Danville, CA/Monte Vista

Nate Landman recorded 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, as Colorado improved to 3-0 with a 20-10 victory over San Diego State.  Landman led the Buffs’ defense that held SDSU’s offense to just one field goal, 155 yards total offense.

Notes: Nate Landman is the second Colorado player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Buffs’ defensive back Terrence Wheatley(Oct. 28, 2007).       

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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