The Wolf Pack senior is one of the 50 “players to watch” for the prestigious 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year award. The award is the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year award recipient and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, headlines the 2014 watch list. Winston, a Second Team Walter Camp All-American a year ago, accounted for 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles. Ten players on the 2014 watch list, including Winston, have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.
In all, 42 schools are represented on the list with Alabama having three players. There are 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, 8 receivers, 7 running backs, and 2 offensive linemen) and 17 from the defensive side of the ball (7 defensive backs, 5 defensive lineman, and 5 linebackers).
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president James Monico said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
Hekking had nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss last season for the 4-8 Wolf Pack. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Hekking has 17 sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss in his three-year career. Hekking played high school football for Vacaville (Calif.) High.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN Sports Center on December 11. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.
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.
2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list . . .
Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska; Nelson Agholer, Jr., WR, USC; Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State; Chi Chi Ariguzo, Sr,. LB, Northwestern; Vic Beasley, Sr., DL, Clemson (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Shilique Calhoun, Jr., DL, Michigan State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Shane Carden, Sr., QB, East Carolina; Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall; Landon Collins, Jr., DB, Alabama; Amari Cooper, Jr., WR, Alabama; Jamison Crowder, Sr., WR, Duke; Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina; Stefon Diggs, Jr., WR, Maryland; Lorenzo Doss, Jr., DB, Tulane (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., DB, Oregon (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Cameron Erving, Sr., OT, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Devonte Fields, Soph., DL, TCU; Devin Funchess, Jr., WR/KR, Michigan; Everett Golson, Sr., QB, Notre Dame; Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin; Garrett Grayson, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Randy Gregory, Jr., DL, Nebraska; Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia; Vernon Hargreaves, Soph., DB, Florida; Anthony Harris, Sr., DB, Virginia (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Brock Hekking, Sr., DL, Nevada; Austin Hill, Sr., WR, Arizona
Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU; Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA; Myles Jack, Soph., LB, UCLA; Duke Johnson, Jr., RB, Miami Fla. (2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Matt Johnson, Jr., QB, Bowling Green; Taylor Kelly, Sr., QB, Arizona State
Trevor Knight, Soph., QB, Oklahoma; Qushaun Lee, Sr., LB, Arkansas State; Tyler Lockett, WR, Sr., Kansas State (2011 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State; Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon; Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn; Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State; Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); Andrus Peat, Jr., OT, Stanford; Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor; Terrance Plummer, Sr., LB, UCF; Cody Prewitt, Sr., DB, Ole Miss; Keenan Reynolds, Jr., QB, Navy; Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State; Ramik Wilson, Sr., LB, Georgia; Jameis Winston, Soph., QB, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American); T.J. Yelden, Jr., RB, Alabama.