Aug. 18, 2006
BERKELEY - University of California running back Marshawn Lynch has been named to the preseason Watch List for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Friday. Meanwhile, at Day 13 of Cal's fall camp, Lynch continued his impressive preseason.
The junior tailback from Oakland had a pair of receiving scores during Cal's 26-period, two-hour morning session at Memorial Stadium. On the first TD, sophomore quarterback Nate Longshore dumped a pass off to Lynch who eluded the defenders and darted into the end zone. Later, senior quarterback Joe Ayoob connected with Lynch for a 67-yard touchdown pass.
Longshore found other targets besides Lynch, as he threw a 67-yard bomb to sophomore wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Defensively, Cal put on a good show as well as redshirt freshman defensive back Marcus Ezeff recorded two interceptions and classmate Robert Peele, also a defensive back, batted down a pass while blitzing the quarterback. Another redshirt freshman, defensive end Cody Jones earned a sack in the practice.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. Thirty-five players are on the organization's Watch List for its prestigious Player of the Year honor, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early November. The 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 Division I-A 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 13, 2007 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Cal opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2, playing at Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Saturday, Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.