Aug. 17, 2005
BERKELEY - Cal sophomore tailback Marshawn Lynch has been named one of 40 Players to Watch for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Foundation announced Wednesday.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November. The 2005 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 Feb. 11, 2006 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Lynch averaged 8.8 yards per carry last year when he gained 628 yards on 71 carries, scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 147 yards and two scores and averaged 24.8 yards on 15 kickoff returns in 2004.
For this fall, Lynch has already received a long list of preseason honors. Three publications rate him as one of the top 13 running backs in the country - Phil Steele's College Football Preview (7th), College Football News (11th), Lindy's (12th) and The Sporting News (13th). In addition, both Street & Smith's and Lindy's give him preseason first team All-Pac-10 status.
Last year's recipient was USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who led the Trojans to their second consecutive national title. Leinart has returned for his senior year and is once again on the Walter Camp Watch List.
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.
2005 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"
Reggie Bush, RB/KR, Junior, USC
Steve Breaston, UTY, Junior, Michigan
Ahmad Brooks, LB, Senior, Virginia
Ashlan Davis, WR/KR, Senior, Tulsa
Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Senior, Toledo
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Sophomore, Ohio State
Charles Gordon, DB, Junior, Kansas
Chad Greenway, LB, Senior, Iowa
Andre Hall, RB, Senior, South Florida
Michael Hart, RB, Sophomore, Michigan
Mike Hass, WR, Senior, Oregon State
A.J. Hawk, LB, Senior, Ohio State
Devin Hester, DB/KR, Junior, Miami (Fla.)
Spencer Havner, LB, Senior, UCLA
Santonio Holmes, WR, Junior, Ohio State
Omar Jacobs, QB, Junior, Bowling Green
Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Senior, Boston College
Chris Leak, QB, Junior, Florida
Greg Lee, WR, Junior, Pittsburgh
Matt Leinart, QB, Senior, USC
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Senior, UCLA
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Sophomore, California
Laurence Maroney, RB, Junior, Minnesota
Reggie McNeal, QB, Senior, Texas A&M
DonTrell Moore, RB, Senior, New Mexico
Tyler Palko, QB, Junior, Pittsburgh
Adrian Peterson, RB, Sophomore, Oklahoma
Gerald Riggs, RB, Senior, Tennessee
Brad Smith, QB, Senior, Missouri
Drew Stanton, QB, Senior, Michigan State
Drew Tate, QB, Junior, Iowa
Jamario Thomas, RB, Sophomore, North Texas
Leon Washington, RB, Florida State
LenDale White, RB, Junior, USC
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Senior, Memphis
Jimmy Williams, DB, Senior, Virginia Tech
Mario Williams, DE, Senior, North Carolina State
Garrett Wolfe, RB, Junior, Northern Illinois
Vince Young, QB, Junior, Texas
Jared Zabransky, QB, Junior, Boise State