NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Arkansas football quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named to the 2010 Walter Camp Foundation’s Player of the Year Award watch list, it was announced Monday by the honor’s foundation. The award is the fourth-oldest accolade given in college football. UA’s signal caller is a member of a 30-player list. The award’s recipient is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
Mallett, a junior from Texarkana, Ark., tied or set 16 school records in 2009. In his first season of Southeastern Conference action, he led the league in touchdown passes (30), passing yards per game (278.8) and total offense (276.5). He was also second in the league and seventh nationally in pass efficiency (152.5) and his pass efficiency mark in home games (191.87) led the nation.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early Nov., with the announcement of its winner coming Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The winner will receive the trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet Jan. 15, 2011 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Walter Camp, known by many as "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, formerly a Yale 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 annually selecting an All-America team.
2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch ListDonald Buckram, RB, Senior, UTEPJohn Clay, RB, Junior, WisconsinAdrian Claybron, DE, Senior, IowaJared Crick, DL, Senior, NebraskaAndy Dalton, QB, Senior, TCUDwight Dasher, QB, Senior, Middle Tennessee StateNoel Devine, RB, Senior, West VirginiaRicky Dobbs, QB, Senior, NavyMichael Floyd, WR, Junior, Notre DameA.J. Green, WR, Junior, GeorgiaMark Ingram, RB, Junior, Alabama #LaMichael James, RB, Sophomore, OregonGreg Jones, LB, Senior, Michigan State $Colin Kaepernick, QB, Senior, NevadaCase Keenum, QB, Senior, Houston $Dion Lewis, RB, Sophomore, PittsburghJake Locker, QB, Senior, WashingtonAndrew Luck, QB, Sophomore, StanfordRyan Mallett, QB, Junior, ArkansasKellen Moore, QB, Junior, Boise StateRahim Moore, DB, Junior, UCLA $Chris Owusu, WR/KR, Junior, Stanford $Patrick Peterson, DB, Junior, LSUBernard Pierce, RB, Sophomore, TempleTerelle Pryor, QB, Junior, Ohio StateJacquizz Rodgers, RB, Junior, Oregon State $James Rodgers, WR/KR, Senior, Oregon StateEvan Royster, RB, Senior, Penn StateQuad Sturdivant, LB, Senior, North CarolinaRyan Williams, RB, Sophomore, Virginia Tech
# – 2009 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection$ – 2009 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection