LSU’S CLAIBORNE ONE OF 15 SEMIFINALISTS FOR WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR AWARD
ROUGE – LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne has been named as one of 15
semifinalists for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the
organization announced on Wednesday.
sophomore from Shreveport, is one of just two defenders on the
15-player list. The only other defensive player on the list of
semifinalists is Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
couldn’t come to a more deserving guy,” LSU coach Les Miles said of
Claiborne. “He’s a great leader on our team. You watch Mo and he
represents us very well in everything that he does.
a very talented guy. He’s a kick returner, and he plays a lot on
special teams in addition to what he does on defense. There’s never
been a time where he wasn’t very productive.”
has been a key contributor for the top-ranked Tigers as he has 38
tackles and four interceptions for an LSU defense that ranks second in
the nation in three categories – scoring defense, pass efficiency
defense, and total defense. Claiborne also has five pass breakups, one
tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry to his credit.
is also averaging 29.5 yards on 13 kickoff returns. He helped lead LSU
to a road win over West Virginia earlier this year with a 99-yard
kickoff return for a touchdown.
He also returned an interception 89 yards to setup a first half score in a road win over Tennessee.
2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the
Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information
directors, will be presented live on Thursday, December 8 during the 6
p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
The winner will
receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet
on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Yale University Commons in New
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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 continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.
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Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a
coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve
and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s
predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the
highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the
selection of their candidates and recipients. Visit www.ncfaa.org.
2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Semifinalists”
Matt Barkley, Junior, QB, USC – Has passed for 2,782 yards and 29 touchdowns for the 8-2 Trojans.
Blackmon, Junior, WR, Oklahoma State – Has caught 93 passes on the
season, 14 for touchdowns, for 1,142 yards for the 10-0 Cowboys.
Morris Claiborne, Junior, DB, LSU – Has made 38 tackles and four interceptions for the top-ranked Tigers.
James, Junior, RB, Oregon – Nation’s top rusher at 150.9 yards per
game; has rushed for 1,207 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 9-1 Ducks
Griffin III, Senior, QB, Baylor – Has passed for 3,093 yards and 29
touchdowns for 6-3 Bears. Has also rushed for five touchdowns.
Harnish, Senior, QB, Northern Illinois – Has passed for 2,594 yards and
22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,203 yards and 10 scores for the 8-3
Landry Jones, Junior, QB, Oklahoma – Has passed for 3,349 yards and 28 touchdowns for the 8-1 Sooners.
Case Keenum, Senior, QB, Houston – Has passed for 3,951 yards and 37 touchdowns for the 11th-ranked Cougars (11-0).
Kuechly, Junior, LB, Boston College – Leads the nation with 168 total
tackles (89 solo) for the Eagles. Also has made two interceptions.
Luck, Senior, QB, Stanford – Has passed for 2,695 yards and 29
touchdowns for the 9-1 Cardinal; has completed 70.6 percent of his
Kellen Moore, Senior, QB, Boise State – Has
completed 74.1 percent of his passes for 8-1 Broncos. Has passed for
2,549 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Trent Richardson, Junior, RB, Alabama – Has rushed for 1,205 yards and 18 touchdowns for the third-ranked Crimson Tide (9-1).
Watkins, Freshman, WR/KR, Clemson – Has caught 65 passes for 1,034
yards and 10 touchdowns for the 9-1 Tigers. Has also returned one
kickoff for a touchdown.
Brandon Weeden, Senior, QB, Oklahoma State – Has completed 73.1 percent of his passes for the
second-ranked Cowboys (10-0). Has passed for 3,635 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Wilson, Senior, QB, Wisconsin – Has passed for 2,416 yards and 25
touchdowns for the 8-2 Badgers. Has also rushed for four