The Walter Camp Foundation has announced the five finalists for the prestigious 2012 Walter Camp National Player of the Year award.
There are no surprises among the five finalists for the award. Heisman Trophy favorites Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Notre Dame defensive star Manti Te’o headline the list. Also on the list of five finalists are USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and one-time Heisman favorite Collin Klein of Kansas State.
The winner of the award will be announced on December 6th. Last year’s Player of the Year award went to Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who went on to become the first-overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are some brief biographies of the five finalists that were sent out by the Walter Camp Foundation in a release:
KENJON BARNER â€“ OREGON â€“ Senior â€“ Running Back
Kenjon Barner ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (135.33) for the 11-1 Ducksâ€¦ He has totaled 1,624 rushing yards (on 248 attempts) and 21 touchdowns on the seasonâ€¦ Barnerâ€™s 22 total touchdowns rank sixth in the nationâ€¦ Barner has seven 100-yard rushing efforts on the season, including a career-high 321-yard effort â€“ with five touchdowns â€“ in a win over USC on November 3.
COLLIN KLEIN â€“ KANSAS STATE â€“ Senior â€“ Quarterback
Collin Klein has led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record entering Saturdayâ€™s regular-season finale versus Texasâ€¦ Klein has passed for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing 172-of-258 passesâ€¦ He has thrown for 200 or more yards in a game six timesâ€¦ A dual threat, Klein has rushed for 787 more yards and 20 touchdownsâ€¦. He has rushed for two or more touchdowns in a game six times this season.
MARQISE LEE â€“ USC â€“ Sophomore â€“ Wide Receiver
Second in the nation in receiving yards per game (140.0), Marqise Lee has totaled 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 7-5 Trojansâ€¦ Lee has also returned 28 kickoffs for 802 yards (28.6 yards per return) and one touchdownâ€¦ His best game came against Arizona on October 27 when he had 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns.
JOHNNY MANZIEL â€“ TEXAS A&MÂ â€“Â Redshirt Freshman â€“ Quarterback
Johnny Manziel ranks second in the nation in total offense (383.3 yards per game) for the 10-2 Aggiesâ€¦ He has passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 273-of-400 throwsâ€¦ Manziel has thrown for 200 or more yards nine times this seasonâ€¦ He has rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns, including six 100-yard effortsâ€¦ His best game came in a win over Louisiana Tech on October 13 when he accounted for six touchdowns (3 rushing; 3 passing) and 576 yards (395 passing, 181 rushing), which earned him Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors.
MANTI TEâ€™O â€“ NOTRE DAME â€“ Senior â€“ Linebacker
Teâ€™o is the leader of the top-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) defensive unit that ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (10.3 points allowed per game) and sixth in total defense (287.3 yards allowed per game)â€¦ Teâ€™o has totaled 103 tackles (8.6 tackles per game) and ranks third in the nation with seven interceptionsâ€¦Has played a role in 11 of Notre Dameâ€™s 23 turnovers this year (7 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 pass hurries that directly led to interceptions).
Best of luck to all of the young men who were named finalists. Who do you think deserves the award? As always, sound off in the comments section.