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Tavion Thomas Named To The Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

Jul 29, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah running back Tavion Thomas has been named to the Walter Camp 2022 Player of the Year Preseason Watch List, as one of 52 student-athletes across the country as a preseason candidate for the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
The 2022 watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November.  The 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show.
Thomas, who was also named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List and the Maxwell Award Watch List, earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2021 after recording 204 carries for 1,108 yards (5.4 ypc) and 21 touchdowns. His 21 touchdowns broke the Utah single-season record while also ranking third nationally last season.

In Pac-12 games only, he led the league in touchdowns (16), also ranking second in rushing yards per game (105.6). He finished the year with five 100-yard rushing games, also scoring at least one touchdown in the final nine games he appeared in.

He cemented himself as one of the top running backs in the country with his career-high 177 rushing yards against Stanford, scoring four touchdowns to tie the school record for single-game rushing scores. It was the second-straight week he had tied the record, also finding the end zone four times against UCLA, notching 160 yards on 24 carries to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Time is ticking down as Utah prepares to head to The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 3 to take on the Florida Gators. The game will air at 5 p.m. MT on ESPN.

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