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Finalists announced for the 2012 Walter Camp Award

Walter Camp Trophy

Two weeks ago, the Walter Camp Foundation announced its 15 semifinalists for the prestigious National Player of the Year.

That list has now been whittled down to five.

Heisman Trophy front-runner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel headline the list of finalists, as well as one-time presumptive Heisman favorite Collin Klein of Kansas State.  Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was the only defensive player named, while Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee round out the list.

Stanford’s Andrew Luck won the Camp Player of the Year award in 2011.  This year’s award winner will be announced Dec. 6.

Below are the biographical quickies sent out by the Camp folks in their release of the finalists:

KENJON BARNER – OREGON – Senior – Running Back
Kenjon Barner ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (135.33) for the 11-1 Ducks… He has totaled 1,624 rushing yards (on 248 attempts) and 21 touchdowns on the season… Barner’s 22 total touchdowns rank sixth in the nation… Barner has seven 100-yard rushing efforts on the season, including a career-high 321-yard effort – with five touchdowns – in a win over USC on November 3.

COLLIN KLEIN – KANSAS STATE – Senior – Quarterback
Collin Klein has led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record entering Saturday’s regular-season finale versus Texas… Klein has passed for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing 172-of-258 passes… He has thrown for 200 or more yards in a game six times… A dual threat, Klein has rushed for 787 more yards and 20 touchdowns…. He has rushed for two or more touchdowns in a game six times this season.

MARQISE LEE – USC – Sophomore – Wide Receiver
Second in the nation in receiving yards per game (140.0), Marqise Lee has totaled 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 7-5 Trojans… Lee has also returned 28 kickoffs for 802 yards (28.6 yards per return) and one touchdown… His best game came against Arizona on October 27 when he had 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

JOHNNY MANZIEL – TEXAS A&M  Redshirt Freshman – Quarterback
Johnny Manziel ranks second in the nation in total offense (383.3 yards per game) for the 10-2 Aggies… He has passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 273-of-400 throws… Manziel has thrown for 200 or more yards nine times this season… He has rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns, including six 100-yard efforts… His best game came in a win over Louisiana Tech on October 13 when he accounted for six touchdowns (3 rushing; 3 passing) and 576 yards (395 passing, 181 rushing), which earned him Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors.

MANTI TE’O – NOTRE DAME – Senior – Linebacker
Te’o is the leader of the top-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) defensive unit that ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (10.3 points allowed per game) and sixth in total defense (287.3 yards allowed per game)… Te’o has totaled 103 tackles (8.6 tackles per game) and ranks third in the nation with seven interceptions…Has played a role in 11 of Notre Dame’s 23 turnovers this year (7 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 pass hurries that directly led to interceptions).

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13 Responses to “Finalists announced for the 2012 Walter Camp Award”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 9:49 AM

    Since Lee pretty much can’t win the Heisman… I would vote for Marquis Lee. One of the most dominant receivers I’ve seen in a while.

  2. barbeaux says: Nov 29, 2012 10:28 AM

    Meh. There’s a dominant receiver each year…Megatron…

  3. soobster says: Nov 29, 2012 12:35 PM

    No Jarvis Jones? Te’o is a great player but let’s be real.

    71 Tackles (7.1/GM)
    19.5 Tackles For Loss (107 Yards)
    10.5 Sacks
    17 QB Hurries
    6 Forced Fumbles
    1 Int

    All while missing 2 games with an injury.

  4. irishdodger says: Nov 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    Jones is a great player but his numbers are no better than Te’o if that’s all one looks at. Even if Jones averaged 7.1 tackles in the two games he missed, he’d still have under 100 tackles. When you factor in the weaker competition it’s a no brainer. I know GA is an SEC team, but they only beat two FBS teams w/ winning records.

  5. truefootballinsight says: Nov 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    But UGA does have nfl talent all across their defensive board. It’s harder when competing against the best in the biz

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 4:21 PM

    Jones’ numbers are no better than Te’o’s????

    Are we looking at the same #s

    Te’o
    0 forced fumbles
    8.58 total tackles per game
    1.5 Sacks
    7 INTS (Tied for 3rd in the nation)
    7 Total TFL

    Jones
    6 FF (leads the nation)
    7.1 Total tackles per game
    10.5 (4th in the nation)
    1 INT
    23 Total TFL (leads the nation)

    Jones leads the nation in 2 key defensive statistics and is in the top 5 in another and he only played 10 games.. Much bigger impact player than Te’o.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 4:22 PM

    *10.5 sacks

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 4:23 PM

    19.5 TFL sorry… Still leads the nation

  9. rrussellndfan says: Nov 29, 2012 11:32 PM

    Teo is more of a leader and has a bigger impact on a team. So hands down not even close jones is good but Teo is great.

  10. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 AM

    I am not sure you can say he is more of a leader or has a bigger impact. Very difficult thing to prove and I believe your opinion is based off of the team you clearly root for, as well as the media’s portrayal (the numerous shots of him yelling).

  11. rrussellndfan says: Nov 30, 2012 10:00 AM

    No I’m a huge sports fan and I just so happen to watch ND closer than others. And if you can’t tell how much more of an impact player on or off the field that’s called plain hate for ND cuz everyone knows it and we all know u do deep down inside lol

  12. Tim's Neighbor says: Nov 30, 2012 11:08 AM

    Jones should be up there. However, any FCS games shouldn’t count. It’s embarrassing that they play Agnes Scott or whoever. Te’o>Jones in contribution this season IMO, but Jones is a great player.

  13. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    Russell, you have ndfan in your screen name, clearly you have a bias for them. It’s okay though, I heard Te’o just cured cancer

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