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Camp Award unveils semifinalists

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As one of the oldest and most prestigious trophies in college football, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding player.

Tuesday, the Camp Foundation released its list of semifinalists for the 2012 version of the award.

A total of 15 players constitute that list, paced by the Pac-12 and SEC with four and three players, respectively.  The Big Ten and ACC were the only other conferences with more than one player with two each.

As expected, quarterbacks littered the semifinalists with nine players from that position.  Running backs (three), linebackers (two) and wide receiver (one) were also represented.

“It’s been another exciting college football season with many teams and players still in the hunt for national recognition,” Foundation president John Marks said in a statement. “We’ve identified some outstanding players and we know the final weeks of the regular season should be even more thrilling.”

Individually, USC quarterback Matt Barkley is the only 2011 semifinalist to repeat in 2012.  The Trojans are also the only team with two players represented — Barkley and wide receiver Marqise Lee.

The five finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 28.  The winner will be announced Dec. 6.

Below is the complete list of semifinalists as released by the Camp Foundation:

MONTEE BALL, Senior, RB, Wisconsin – Has rushed for 1,226 yards and 16 touchdowns for 7-3 Badgers.

MATT BARKLEY, Senior, QB, USC – Has passed for 2,972 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 7-3 Trojans.

KENJON BARNER, Senior, RB, Oregon – Has rushed for 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns for 10-0 Ducks.

TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, Sophomore, QB, Louisville – Has passed for 2,858 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 9-1 Cardinals.

TAJH BOYD, Junior, QB, Clemson – Has accounted for 3,304 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns (28 passing, 5 rushing) for 9-1 Tigers.

COLBY CAMERON, Senior, QB, Louisiana Tech – Has passed for 3,283 yards and 27 touchdowns for 9-1 Bulldogs.

JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN, Senior, RB, UCLA – Has rushed for 1,270 yards and 8 touchdowns for 8-2 Bruins.

JARVIS JONES, Junior, LB, Georgia – Has 56 tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks, and 5 forced fumbles for 9-1 Bulldogs.

COLLIN KLEIN, Senior, QB, Kansas State – Has accounted for 2,768 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns (19 rushing, 12 passing) for the 10-0 Wildcats.

MARQISE LEE, Sophomore, WR, USC – Has 98 receptions for 1,447 yards and 13 touchdowns for 7-3 Trojans.

EJ MANUEL, Senior, QB, Florida State – Has passed for 2,641 yards and 19 touchdowns for 9-1 Seminoles.

JOHNNY MANZIEL, Freshman, QB, Texas A&M – Has passed for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,014 and 15 scores.

AJ MCCARRON, Senior, QB, Alabama – Has passed for 2,158 yards and 20 touchdowns for 9-1 Crimson Tide.

BRAXTON MILLER, Sophomore, QB, Ohio State – Has 2,919 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns (14 passing, 13 rushing) for 10-0 Buckeyes.

MANTI TE’O, Senior, LB, Notre Dame – Has totaled 92 tackles and six interceptions for the 10-0 Fighting Irish.

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9 Responses to “Camp Award unveils semifinalists”
  1. be4bama says: Nov 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    Johnny Football gets my vote.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Gotta be Johnny Football. He leads the SEC in rushing! He has more total offense than anyone on the board and no one on that board has more TDs. He is way more explosive and fun to watch than Collin Klein, and he’s doing this in the SEC playing against defenses like LSU, Bama, and Florida.

    His numbers are ahead of Tim Tebow’s & Cam Newton’s Heisman years. Gotta be the first Freshman to win the Heisman.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 14, 2012 9:24 AM

    Just noticed Manziel has over 1000 yds more total offense than Colin Klein and same amount of TDs.

    Manziel plays in SEC, not the Big XII. And not to mention that Manziel got pulled out of several games early in the 3rd when games were already out of hand, so his numbers are actually a bit deflated.

    Manziel has won bigger games, on the road, and played against MUCH tougher defenses than Klein has seen all year. The ONLY thing Klein has going for him is his team is undefeated. And to be honest, if A&M was in Big XII still, I bet they are undefeated.

  4. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:54 AM


  5. iamjimmyjack says: Nov 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    Marquise Lee for me. Hands down the most dominant position player in football. Noone can guard him. That’s a fact.

  6. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 14, 2012 2:20 PM

    Wow. Geno Smith goes from Heisman leader to not even able to make the semi-finals for the Camp Award.

    Johnny Football or Optimus Klein would be my 2 leaders right now.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 14, 2012 4:57 PM


    Thats what happens when you lose 4 in a row, 3 of which were blow outs.

    That WVU Baylor game was the game of the year though!! (2) 300yd receivers!! Wow!

  8. abrellbama says: Nov 14, 2012 5:17 PM

    Congrats to all the players making the list and especially to AJ McCarron. Now finish out this year with a bang the way I know you can AJ and win that award.

  9. pinchegringo12 says: Nov 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    1000 yds more than Klein….and is only getting better….Manziel it is

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