MEMPHIS, Tenn–University of Memphis rising junior quarterback Paxton Lynch is one of fifty FBS student-athletes named “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2015 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
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Just Thursday, Lynch was one of two-dozen quarterbacks named to the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List. He is also on the watch list for the 79th annual Maxwell Award, annually presented to America’s College Player of the Year.
In just two collegiate seasons, Lynch has amassed 5,535 yards of total offense. The yardage total ranks the Deltona, Fla., native 13thon the NCAA Active career list for total offense. He has passed for 5,087 career yards and is one of only three quarterbacks in Memphis history to pass for 5,000 yards.
In all, 37 schools are represented on this year’s Walter Camp award watch list with defending national champion Ohio State having five players, including three quarterbacks. There are 37 offensive players (22 quarterbacks, 11 running backs and four receivers) and 13 from the defensive side of the ball (five linebackers, five defensive backs and three defensive linemen.
Eight players on the 2015 watch list, including First Teamers Rashard Higgins (Colorado State, wide receiver) and Scooby Wright III (Arizona linebacker) have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president Robert Kauffman 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 mid-November. Appearing on the preseason watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.
The 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 128 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 10. The winner will then receive his trophy as the foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 16, 2016 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 Foundation was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The Walter Camp Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence.
The members of the NCFAA unveiled their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Sixteen of the association’s 22 awards selected a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason team.
Memphis rising senior linebacker Wynton McManis was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list. The award named after Florida’s former quarterback, is the only major college football award that places the majority of its voting emphasis on community service.
Also announced during the NCFAA’s unveiling of their preseason watch lists over the last 12 days was Memphis rising senior tight end Alan Cross who was named to the Mackey Award watch list, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate tight end. Rising Memphis sophomore center Gabe Kuhn was announced as an inclusion to the Rimington Trophy watch list, presented annually to the nation’s top center.