Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2007 Player of the Year 'Watch List'

Aug. 22, 2007

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New Haven, Conn. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of 35 'players to watch' for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

'We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,' Foundation president John Barbarotta said. 'This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.'

The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early November. The 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 12, 2008 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Last year's recipient was Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

Pac-10 nominees include running back Yvenson Bernard from Oregon State, wide receiver/kick returner DeSean Jackson and quarterback Nate Longshore from California, and quarterback John David Booty and defensive end Lawrence Jackson from USC.

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.

 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year 'Watch List' Anthony Alridge, RB, Senior, Houston Travis Beckum, TE, Junior, Wisconsin # Earl Bennett, WR, Junior, Vanderbilt Yvenson Bernard, RB, Senior, Oregon State Tommy Blake, DL, Senior, TCU John David Booty, QB, USC Colt Brennan, QB, Senior, Hawaii # Jasper Brinkley, LB, Senior, South Carolina Brian Brohm, QB, Senior, Louisville Dan Connor, LB, Senior, Penn State Chase Daniel,QB, Junior, Missouri James Davis, RB, Junior, Clemson Jarett Dillard, WR, Senior, Rice # Glenn Dorsey, DL, Senior, LSU Michael Hart, RB, Senior, Michigan # Omar Haugabook, QB, Senior, Troy Jonathan Hefney, DB/KR, Senior, Tennessee P.J. Hill, RB, Sophomore, Wisconsin Chad Henne, QB, Senior, Michigan DeSean Jackson, WR/KR, Junior, California * Lawrence Jackson, DE, Junior, USC Tyson Jackson, DL, Junior, LSU Ian Johnson, RB, Junior, Boise State James Laurinaitis, LB, Junior, Ohio State * Nate Longshore, QB, Junior, California Mario Manningham, WR, Senior, Michigan Colt McCoy, QB, Sophomore, Texas Darren McFadden, RB, Junior, Arkansas * Kalvin McRae, RB, Senior, Ohio Matt Ryan, QB, Senior, Boston College Ray Rice, RB, Junior, Rutgers # Steve Slaton, RB, Junior, West Virginia * C.J. Spiller, RB, Sophomore, Clemson Tyrell Sutton, RB, Junior, Northwestern Limas Sweed, WR, Senior, Texas Aquib Talib, DB, Junior, Kansas Pat White, QB, Junior, West Virginia

* - 2006 Walter Camp First Team All-American# - 2006 Walter Camp Second Team All-America

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