BATON ROUGE - LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is one 30 players from across the country who have been named to the "watch list" for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the organization announced on Monday.
Peterson is one of just six defensive players named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award.
Peterson, who enters his third-year as a starter at cornerback for the Tigers, has been named to several preseason All-America teams heading into 2010. In 26 games during his career, Peterson has recorded 93 tackles to go with 16 pass breakups and three interceptions. He's also scored two touchdowns during his career - one on a 37-yard interception return against Mississippi State and the other coming on 53-yard return of a blocked punt.
"We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation," Foundation president Alphonse Paolillo, Jr. said. "This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football."
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November.
The 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on the 6 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 9. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 15, 2011 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
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 (www.waltercamp.org) - 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.
Other watch lists:
Lott Trophy, April 21 (CB Patrick Peterson, LB Kelvin Sheppard)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy, June 21 (CB Patrick Peterson, LB Kelvin Sheppard)
Outland Trophy, June 21 (DT Drake Nevis)
Davey O'Brien Award, July 14
Jim Thorpe Award, Aug. 2 (CB Patrick Peterson)
Walter Camp Award, Aug. 9 (CB Patrick Peterson)
Bednarik Award, Aug. 9 (CB Patrick Peterson, LB Kelvin Sheppard)
Maxwell Award, Aug. 9
Biletnikoff Award, Aug. 10
Ray Guy Award, Aug. 11
Butkus Award, Aug. 16
Mackey Award, Aug. 16
Lou Groza Award, Aug. 20
Rotary Lombardi Award, Aug. 20
Doak Walker Award, Aug. 23
Rimington Trophy, Aug. 27
2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"
Donald Buckram, RB, Senior, UTEP
John Clay, RB, Junior, Wisconsin
Adrian Claybron, DE, Senior, Iowa
Jared Crick, DL, Senior, Nebraska
Andy Dalton, QB, Senior, TCU
Dwight Dasher, QB, Senior, Middle Tennessee State
Noel Devine, RB, Senior, West Virginia
Ricky Dobbs, QB, Senior, Navy
Michael Floyd, WR, Junior, Notre Dame
A.J. Green, WR, Junior, Georgia
Mark Ingram, RB, Junior, Alabama @
LaMichael James, RB, Sophomore, Oregon
Greg Jones, LB, Senior, Michigan State $
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Senior, Nevada
Case Keenum, QB, Senior, Houston $
Dion Lewis, RB, Sophomore, Pittsburgh
Jake Locker, QB, Senior, Washington
Andrew Luck, QB, Sophomore, Stanford
Ryan Mallett, QB, Junior, Arkansas
Kellen Moore, QB, Junior, Boise State
Rahim Moore, DB, Junior, UCLA $
Chris Owusu, WR/KR, Junior, Stanford $
Patrick Peterson, DB, Junior, LSU
Bernard Pierce, RB, Sophomore, Temple
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Junior, Ohio State
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Junior, Oregon State $
James Rodgers, WR/KR, Senior, Oregon State
Evan Royster, RB, Senior, Penn State
Quad Sturdivant, LB, Senior, North Carolina
Ryan Williams, RB, Sophomore, Virginia Tech
@ - 2009 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection
$ - 2009 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection