Dorsey Named Camp Award 'Player to Watch'
BATON ROUGE — The accolades for LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey continue to roll in as the senior All-American was named as one of 15 players from across the country to the Walter Camp Football Foundation “Players to Watch” list for 2007 Player of the Year Award.
Dorsey, a native of Gonzales, is currently a finalist for the Lombardi Award as well as being a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy and the Bednarik Award.
“It’s been quite a college football season so far and the final three weekends are shaping up to be very exciting,” said WCFF President John Barbarotta. “We look forward to watching these players distinguish themselves as the possible recipient of our prestigious Player of the Year honor.”
A list of the five finalists for the award will be released on Tuesday, November 27.
Dorsey is the undisputed leader of the top-ranked and 9-1 Tigers. In 10 games this year, he’s recorded 53 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks for an LSU defense that is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total yards. The Tigers are ranked among the top 10 in the nation in a total of five categories.
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. Tickets ($275) are available by calling (203) 288-CAMP.
Last year’s recipient was Troy Smith (Ohio State), who is currently a rookie on the Baltimore Ravens.
Four players – quarterback Colt Brennan (Hawaii), linebacker James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) and running backs Darren McFadden (Arkansas) and Ray Rice (Rutgers) – are on the watch list for the second straight year.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp ? a former Yale University athlete and football coach ? is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation ? a New Haven-based all-volunteer group ? was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The watch list for the Walter Camp Foundation 2007 Player of the Year Award include:
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 run 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 15 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.