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Aug. 19, 2006

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of 35 “players to watch” for its prestigious Player of the Year award, 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.

Last year’s recipient was USC running back Reggie Bush.

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.

2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”

Gaines Adams, DE, Senior, Clemson
Rufus Alexander, LB, Senior, Oklahoma
Dan Bazuin, DE, Senior, Central Michigan
Keyonvis Bouie, LB, Senior, Florida International
Steve Breaston, UTY, Senior, Michigan
Colt Brennan, QB, Junior, Hawaii
Brian Brohm, QB, Junior, Louisville
Michael Bush, RB, Senior, Louisville
Jamaal Charles, RB, Soph., Texas
Ken Darby, RB, Senior, Alabama
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Junior, Ohio State
Michael Hart, RB, Junior, Michigan
Chad Henne, QB, Junior, Michigan
Kenny Irons, RB, Senior, Auburn
Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Junior, USC
Calvin Johnson, WR, Junior, Georgia Tech
LaRon Landry, DB, Senior, LSU
Chris Leak, QB, Senior, Florida
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Junior, California
Darren McFadden, RB, Soph., Arkansas
Brandon Meriweather, DB, Senior, Miami (Fla.)
Quentin Moses, DE, Senior, Georgia
Adrian Peterson, RB, Junior, Oklahoma
Paul Posluszny, LB, Senior, Penn State
Brady Quinn, QB, Senior, Notre Dame
Jeff Samardzija, WR, Senior, Notre Dame
Steve Slaton, RB, Soph., West Virginia
Troy Smith, QB, Senior, Ohio State
Drew Stanton, QB, Senior, Michigan State
Tyrell Sutton, RB, Soph., Northwestern
Drew Tate, QB, Senior, Iowa
Eric Weddle, DB, Senior, Utah
Pat White, QB, Soph., West Virginia
Patrick Willis, LB, Senior, Mississippi
Garrett Wolfe, RB, Senior, Northern Illinois