Nov. 10, 2004
The 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 9 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on February 12, 2005 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
The award is the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
Last year's recipient was Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the first sophomore to capture the honor, and is currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
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.
The 10 "Players to Watch" for the 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year award:
J.J. Arrington, RB, Sr., California - Has rushed for 1,294 yards (161.8 ypg) for 7-1 Bears; 12 TDs and eight 100-yard efforts.
Cedric Benson, RB, Sr., Texas - Has rushed for 1,438 yards (159.8 ypg); 17 touchdowns and eight 100-yard rushing games.
Jason Campbell, QB, Sr., Auburn - Has completed 114-of-173 passes (1724 yards) for 9-0 Tigers; 14 TDs and 3 INT.
Braylon Edwards, WR, Sr., Michigan - 69 catches for 995 yards (110.6 ypg) for 8-1 Wolverines; 11 TDs and five 100-yard games.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Sr., Texas - 107 tackles (62 solo) for 8-1 Longhorns; 14 tackles for loss and eight caused fumbles.
Matt Leinart, QB, Jr., USC - Completed 176-of-274 passes for 2068 yards (229.8 ypg) for 9-0 Trojans; 20 TDs and 5 INT; has thrown at least two TD passes in eight games.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Fr., Oklahoma - Has rushed for at least 100 yards in all nine games for 9-0 Sooners; has 1,373 total rushing yards and 9 TDs.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Jr., California - Has completed 70.3% of passes (147-of-209) for 1816 yards; 18 TDs and 4 INT; six 200-yard efforts.
Alex Smith, QB, Jr., Utah - Has completed 152-of-229 for 2196 yards for 9-0 Utes; 24 TD, 2 INT; also rushed for 439 yards and 8 TDs.
Jason White, QB, Sr., Oklahoma - Has completed 161-of-258 passes for 2130 yards for 9-0 Sooners; 25 TDs and 4 INT, has seven 200+ passing games.