Four Named Walter Camp All-Americans
ATLANTA – Top-ranked LSU put four players, including three first teamers, on the Walter Camp All-America Team, the organization announced on Thursday night at the Home Deport College Football Awards Show here at the College Football Hall of Fame.
The Walter Camp All-America Team, now in its 130th season, is the nation’s oldest All-America team. Its voted on by all 130 FBS head coaches and sports information directors.
Senior quarterback Joe Burrow, who earlier on Thursday was named the AP National Player of the Year, was named to the Walter Camp All-America Team along with sophomore wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and junior safety Grant Delpit. True freshman cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr., was named to the second team.
Burrow, who joins Bert Jones as the only first-team All-America quarterbacks in school history, becomes the first LSU quarterback to be named to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Burrow set SEC records for passing yards (4,715) and passing TDs (48) in leading the Tigers to a 13-0 mark and a No. 1 national ranking.
Burrow is the first player in SEC history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in a season and he’s on his way to becoming the most decorated player in LSU history.
Delpit earned a spot on the team for the second straight year, becoming the first LSU player named first team Walter Camp All-America in consecutive seasons since running back Charles Alexander in 1977-78. Delpit, a unanimous All-America a year ago, is also one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football.
In 13 games, Delpit recorded 56 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and a sack. He added a fumble recovery and eight passes defended for a Tiger defense that allowed only 37 points over the final three games of the season.
Chase, from Metairie, La., tied the SEC record for touchdown receptions in a season with 18. He led the nation in TD receptions and receiving yards with 1,498 on 73 catches. Chase is the only player in LSU history with two 200-yard receiving games during the regular season.
Stingley is the only freshman named to either Walter Camp All-America team. The rookie from The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, led the SEC in interceptions with six and passes defended with 21. Stingley tied an SEC Championship Game record with two interceptions in LSU’s 37-10 win over Georgia in the league title game last week in Atlanta.
This year marks the second consecutive season LSU had three players named first team All-America by Walter Camp. Last year, Delpit, linebacker Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams all made the team.