EUGENE – Sophomore De’Anthony Thomas is among 50 football players from across the country to be named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation, which also has sponsored an All-America team since 1889, selects the national player of the year from a vote of all 124 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
The 5-foot-9, 173-pound Los Angeles standout was previously included on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has been given annually to the nation’s outstanding football player by the Maxwell Football Club (Philadelphia, PA) since 1937.
The 2011 Pac-12 Conference co-Offensive Freshman-of-the-Year and Oregon’s co-Most Outstanding Player recipient emerged as one of the nation’s most electrifying playmakers last year as a true freshman. Thomas finished 10th in the country in kickoff returns (27.3 avg.) and 11th in all-purpose yards (159.6 avg.) a year ago while accumulating 595 rushing yards and 605 yards on 46 receptions.
Ranking second on the team in scoring (110 points), his totals included touchdown runs of 91 and 64 yards in the Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November, with the winner to be announced Dec. 6 on ESPN’s SportsCenter telecast.