Walter Camp Award

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Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
Walter Camp Foundation logo
Awarded forPlayer of the Year in college football
CountryUnited States
Presented byWalter Camp Football Foundation
First award1967
Most recentKenneth Walker III, Michigan State

The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is given annually to the collegiate American football player of the year, as decided by a group of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation; the award is named for Walter Camp, an important and influential figure in the development of the sport. Three players have won the award twice: Colt McCoy of the University of Texas in 2008 and 2009, Archie Griffin of Ohio State in 1974 and 1975, and O. J. Simpson of USC in 1967 and 1968.


Year Winner Position School Ref
1967 O. J. Simpson RB USC [1]
1968 [1]
1969 Steve Owens RB Oklahoma
1970 Jim Plunkett QB Stanford
1971 Pat Sullivan QB Auburn
1972 Johnny Rodgers RB Nebraska
1973 John Cappelletti RB Penn State
1974 Archie Griffin RB Ohio State
1976 Tony Dorsett RB Pittsburgh
1977 Ken MacAfee TE Notre Dame
1978 Billy Sims RB Oklahoma
1979 Charles White RB USC
1980 Hugh Green LB Pittsburgh
1981 Marcus Allen RB USC
1982 Herschel Walker RB Georgia
1983 Mike Rozier RB Nebraska
1984 Doug Flutie QB Boston College
1985 Bo Jackson RB Auburn
1986 Vinny Testaverde QB Miami (FL)
1987 Tim Brown WR Notre Dame
1988 Barry Sanders RB Oklahoma State
1989 Anthony Thompson RB Indiana [2]
1990 Raghib Ismail WR Notre Dame
1991 Desmond Howard WR Michigan
1992 Gino Torretta QB Miami (FL)
1993 Charlie Ward QB Florida State [3]
1994 Rashaan Salaam RB Colorado
1995 Eddie George RB Ohio State
1996 Danny Wuerffel QB Florida
1997 Charles Woodson CB Michigan
1998 Ricky Williams RB Texas
1999 Ron Dayne RB Wisconsin
2000 Josh Heupel QB Oklahoma [4]
2001 Eric Crouch QB Nebraska [5]
2002 Larry Johnson RB Penn State
2003 Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh
2004 Matt Leinart QB USC
2005 Reggie Bush RB USC
2006 Troy Smith QB Ohio State
2007 Darren McFadden RB Arkansas
2008 Colt McCoy QB Texas
2010 Cam Newton QB Auburn
2011 Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2012 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame [6]
2013 Jameis Winston QB Florida State
2014 Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2015 Derrick Henry RB Alabama
2016 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville [7]
2017 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2018 Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
2019 Joe Burrow QB LSU [8]
2020 DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
2021 Kenneth Walker III RB Michigan State

Awards won by school[edit]

This is a list of the schools that have had a player win the Walter Camp Award. USC has the most award winners, with six. In total, players from 22 different schools have won the Walter Camp Award.

School Trophies
USC 6*
Ohio State 4*
Oklahoma 4
Notre Dame 4
Alabama 3
Auburn 3
Nebraska 3
Pittsburgh 3
Texas 3*
Florida State 2
Miami 2
Michigan 2
Penn State 2
Stanford 2
Arkansas 1
Boston College 1
Colorado 1
Florida 1
Georgia 1
Indiana 1
Louisville 1
Michigan State 1
Oklahoma State 1
Oregon 1
Wisconsin 1

*Designates double award winner


  • "Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  1. ^ a b "College Football Awards - Walter Camp Award". Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Coaches, SID's vote Thompson best". Daily News. Associated Press. November 27, 1989. p. 10. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ward receives Walter Camp Award". The News-Journal. Associated Press. November 30, 1993. p. 6B. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Heupel, Stoops win Camp awards". The Daily Gazette. November 29, 2000. p. C3. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Crouch takes O'Brien and Camp Awards". McCook Daily Gazette. Associated Press. December 7, 2001. p. 12. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Scheuring, Ian. "Manti Te'o wins Maxwell, Bednarik, Walter Camp player-of-the-year awards". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Louisville QB Lamar Jackson wins Camp, Maxwell awards". The Boston Globe. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow Wins Walter Camp Player of the Year Award". December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Awards webpage. Walter Camp Football Foundation official website