FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas sophomore Darren McFadden is one of the leading candidates for the national player of the year award it was announced by The Walter Camp Foundation on Friday.
McFadden was one of 35 players, including five sophomores, to be named to the pre-season watch list for the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
McFadden was an honorable mention All-America selection last season after rushing for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns. The consensus freshman All-American was also named as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference running back and the SEC Freshman of the Year.
The Little Rock native has already been named to the watch list for The Maxwell Award, an honor also recognizing the top college football player in the nation. He is a pre-season All-America selection and has garnered a spot on nearly every first-team All-SEC squad.
McFadden remains doubtful for the season opener against Southern California after suffering a toe injury late last month. The tailback had surgery on July 29 and hasn’t practiced since Arkansas opened pre-season camp.
The watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November. The 2006 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 Jan. 13, 2007 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Last year’s recipient was USC running back Reggie Bush.
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