FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback tailback Darren McFadden is one of 15 “Players to Watch” for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award it was announced Tuesday by The Walter Camp Football Foundation. McFadden is appearing on the watch list for the second straight season.
Through ten games of the 2007 season, McFadden has rushed for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is first in the Southeastern conference and fourth in the nation with an average of 143.1 rushing yards per game. During his junior campaign, McFadden became Arkansas’ all-time leading rusher when he passed Ben Cowins’ mark of 3,570 yards on the career list. McFadden has 4,191 rushing yards in his career as a Razorback. That mark is also good for fourth all-time on the SEC career list. He is 113 yards shy of surpassing Auburn’s Bo Jackson for third place entering Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.
McFadden became just the second player in SEC history, joining Georgia’s Herschel Walker, to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He boasts a career rushing average of 119.7 yards per game, including a 129.5-yard average in SEC contests. The junior tailback also moved into first place on the UA career all-purpose yards list this season. He has 5,326 all-purpose yards in his 35-game Razorback career.
The 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on the 6:00 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 6. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Last year’s recipient was Ohio State’s Troy Smith, who is currently a rookie for the Baltimore Ravens.
The “Players to Watch” for the 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year award:
Colt Brennan, QB, Senior, Hawaii – Has passed for 3,216 yards and 28 touchdowns for 9-0 Warriors.
Dan Connor, Senior, LB, Penn State – Has 123 tackles and 6.5 sacks for 8-3 Nittany Lions
Chase Daniel, Junior, QB, Missouri – Has passed for 3,306 yards and 26 touchdowns for 9-1 Tigers.
Dennis Dixon, Senior, QB, Oregon – Has thrown 20 touchdown passes and ran for eight for second-ranked Ducks (8-1).
Glenn Dorsey, Senior, DT, LSU – Anchor of top-ranked Tiger (9-1) defense with 53 tackles and six sacks.
Matt Forte, Senior, RB, Tulane – Nation’s leading rusher (1,813 yards) has scored 17 touchdowns for the Green Wave.
James Laurinaitis, Junior, LB, Ohio State – Has 97 tackles, two interceptions and five sacks for 10-1 Buckeyes.
Darren McFadden, Junior, RB, Arkansas – Has rushed for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns for 6-4 Razorbacks.
Ray Rice, RB, Junior, Rutgers – Has rushed for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns for 6-4 Scarlet Knights.
Matt Ryan, Senior, QB, Boston College – Has passed for 3,269 yards and 24 touchdowns for 8-2 Eagles
George Selvie, Sophomore, DE, South Florida – Leads nation with 14.5 quarterback sacks for 7-3 Bulls.
Kevin Smith, Junior, RB, Central Florida – Leads nation in touchdowns (22) and second in rushing (1,760)
Aqib Talib, Junior, DB, Kansas – Has four interceptions and four receiving touchdowns for 10-0 Jayhawks.
Tim Tebow, Sophomore, QB, Florida – Has passed for 23 touchdowns and rushed for 19 more for 7-3 Gators
Patrick White, Junior, QB, West Virginia
Has thrown for 11 touchdowns and rushed for 10 for 8-1 Mountaineers.