BOISE, Idaho The Walter Camp Football Foundation today (Nov. 13) announced its 10 "Player to Watch" list for its 2006 Player of the Year award and Boise State University running back Ian Johnson is among the elite group.
A sophomore from San Dimas, Calif., (Damien HS), Johnson currently leads the nation in scoring with 21 touchdowns and 126 points. He is also the nation’s fourth leading rusher with 1,466 yards and is fourth in all-purpose yards with 1,517. He is averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 146.66 yards rushing per game.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year award is the fourth-oldest individual college football award in the country. The award is voted on by the 119 NCAA Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, and will be announced live on the 6:00 p.m. (ET) edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 7 (Thursday). The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 13, 2007 (Saturday) at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Johnson was one of two players from a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team named to the list. University of Hawai’i quarterback Colt Brennan was the other WAC player.
The Big 10 Conference was the only league to have more players named to the list. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis and quarterback Troy Smith are on the list along with Michigan running back Michael Hart.
The Big East Conference also had two players listed in Rutgers running back Ray Rice and West Virginia running back Steve Slaton.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation also selects an annual All-America team which is also voted on by division I-A head coaches and sports information directors.
Following is a complete list of players named to the watch list
Ian Johnson, RB, Sophomore - Boise State
Colt Brennan, QB, Junior - Hawai’i
Michael Hart, RB, Junior - Michigan
Calvin Johnson, WR, Junior - Georgia Tech
James Laurinaitis, LB, Sophomore - Ohio State
Darren McFadden, RB, Sophomore - Arkansas
Brady Quinn, QB, Senior - Notre Dame
Ray Rice, RB, Sophomore - Rutgers
Steve Slaton, RB, Sophomore - West Virginia
Troy Smith, QB, Senior - Ohio State