Senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was named a finalist for another major award on Wednesday, as he was selected as one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2009 Player of the Year award.
Suh was the only defender among the five finalists. The four other finalists included quarterbacks Colt McCoy (Texas), Case Keenum (Houston) and Tim Tebow (Florida), along with Alabama running back Mark Ingram.
A native of Portland, Ore., Suh is the fifth Husker – and first Blackshirt – to be a finalist for the Walter Camp Award. Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers (1972), Mike Rozier (1983) and Eric Crouch (2001) each won the Walter Camp Award, while Tommie Frazier was a finalist in 1995.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year award is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. The 2009 recipient will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 10 during the 5 p.m. Central edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. The winner will be presented with the trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Yale University.
The award is named in honor of Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football.” Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 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 continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.
In addition to being a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Suh is also a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Award. He was also named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year on Tuesday in a vote of the league’s coaches.
2009 Finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Suh’s Award Possibilities
Walter Camp Award
(awarded to the player of the year; one of five finalists)
(awarded to the nation’s top collegiate interior lineman; one of three finalists)
(awarded to the nation’s top collegiate lineman; one of four finalists)
Chuck Bednarik Award
(awarded to the college defensive player of the year; one of three finalists)
Bronko Nagurski Award
(awarded to the collegiate defensive player of the year; one of five finalists)
(awarded to the nation’s top defensive player; one of four finalists)