Nov. 13, 2006

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the 10 “Players to Watch” for its 2006 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest individual college football award in the nation.

The 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the 119 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on the 6:00 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 7. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Tickets ($275) are available by calling (203) 288-CAMP.

Last year’s recipient was Reggie Bush (USC), who is currently a rookie on the New Orleans Saints.

Top-ranked Ohio State has two players on the list – quarterback Troy Smith and linebacker James Laurinaitis – while Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn is on the list for the second consecutive year.

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 2005 Walter Camp Player of the Year award include:

Colt Brennan, QB, Junior, Hawaii – Has passed for 3,753 yardsand 46 touchdowns for 8-2 Warriors. Michael Hart, RB, Junior,Michigan – Has rushed for 1,373 yards and 11 touchdowns for 11-0Wolverines. Calvin Johnson, WR, Junior, Georgia Tech – 52receptions for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns for 8-2 Ramblin’ Wreck.Ian Johnson, RB, Soph., Boise State – Has rushed for 1,466 yardsand 21 touchdowns for 10-0 Broncos. James Laurinaitis, Soph., LB,Ohio State – Has 91 tackles, five interceptions and 4 sacks for11-0 Buckeyes. Darren McFadden, Soph., RB, Arkansas – Has rushedfor 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns for 9-1 Razorbacks. Brady Quinn,QB, Senior, Notre Dame – Has passed for 2,786 yards and 29touchdowns for 9-1 Fighting Irish. Ray Rice, RB, Soph., Rutgers -Has rushed for 1,334 yards and 15 touchdowns for 9-0 ScarletKnights. Steve Slaton, RB, Soph., West Virginia – Has rushed for1,363 yards and 12 touchdowns for 8-1 Mountaineers. Troy Smith, QB,Senior, Ohio State – Has passed for 2,191 yards and 26 touchdownsfor 11-0 Buckeyes.