NEW HAVEN, CT – Five players, including Player of the Year Jameis Winston, from top-ranked Florida State have earned 2013 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America honors, the 124th honored by the organization. The nation’s oldest All-America team was announced this evening on The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
The Seminoles had two first-team honorees, and three more on the Second Team, including Winston, a redshirt freshman quarterback who earlier this evening was named the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year.
Third-ranked Alabama and fifth-ranked Stanford each had three players selected to the First Team, while Texas A&M and Texas each had two. In all, 19 different schools from six conferences were represented on the All-America First Team. The Big 12 Conference had the most First Team selections with seven, followed by the Pac 12 and Southeastern Conference with six each.
The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President James Monico was pleased with the voting participation.
“Once again, we had more than 80 percent of the FBS schools participate in this year’s voting,” Monico said. “We are very appreciative of the continuing cooperation of the coaches and sports information directors in our annual effort to honor the nation’s most outstanding college players.”
Leading the defensive unit is a repeat Walter Camp First Team All-American, linebacker C.J. Mosley (Alabama). Mosley has totaled 102 tackles for the Crimson Tide, who currently rank second in the nation in scoring defense (11.3 points allowed per game). Joining Mosley in the middle are senior linebackers Anthony Barr (UCLA) and Trent Murphy (Stanford). Murphy leads the nation with 14.0 quarterback sacks.
On the interior, three seniors – Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), Michael Sam (Missouri) and Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas) – are joined by junior Vic Beasley (Clemson). Donald is the nation’s leader in tackles for loss with 26.5.
In the defensive secondary, senior Jason Verrett (TCU) is a First Team selection after earning Second Team accolades in 2012. He is joined in the secondary by seniors Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State) and Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State).
The punter is freshman Austin Rehkew (Idaho), who leads the nation with a 47.8 yard-per-punt average. The kick returner is junior Ty Montgomery (Stanford), who has two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.
Leading the offensive unit are two running backs – junior Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona) and senior Andre Williams (Boston College). A First Team All-American a year ago, Carey has rushed for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Williams has scored 17 touchdowns while averaging a nation-leading 175.2 rushing yards per game.
The First Team quarterback is senior AJ McCarron (Alabama), who finished ahead of Winston in the All-American voting. McCarron has passed for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. Winston is the second Second Team honoree who was voted Player of the Year (former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch was the 2001 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American quarterback).
Sophomore Mike Evans (Texas A&M) and junior Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) are the wide receivers. Evans has 65 catches for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Cooks has 120 catches for 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns. The tight end is Jace Amaro (Texas Tech).
On the offensive line, three seniors – David Yankey (Stanford), Cyril Richardson (Baylor) and Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) – are joined by junior Cyrus Louandjio (Alabama). Senior Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) is the offensive center.
There was a tie for First Team placekicker as Anthony Fera (Texas) and Roberto Aguayo (Florida State) earned recognition. Fera has connected on 20-of-22 field goals, while Aguayo has converted 19-of-20 on the season.
The members of the 2013 All-America team, along with Player of the Year Winston and Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe (Duke), will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. In addition, the Foundation will recognize three individuals – former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann (Distinguished American), former Penn State and Oakland Raider standout lineman Matt Millen (Man of the Year) and former North Carolina All-American Ken Huff (Alumnus of the Year) – with major awards.
The Foundation is offering a “Holiday Ticket Promotion” for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.
Walter Camp 2013 All-America Notebook
A Little History
This is the 124th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Twenty-six players have been selected to the first team by the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, 26 players have been selected to the Second Team.
• From 1889 to 1964, eleven players were selected.
• In 1965, both offensive and defensive teams were picked.
• In 1972, the first punter (Ray Guy, Southern Mississippi) was honored.
• In 1975, the first placekicker (Chris Bahr, Penn State) was selected.
• In 1998, the first-ever Second Team All-America team was recognized.
• In 2001, the first kick returner (Herb Haygood, Michigan State) was picked.
Nineteen different schools representing six conferences have players on the 2013 Walter Camp All-America First Team. The Big 12 Conference had seven players representing six member schools selected to the first team, the highest total of any league. The SEC and Pac-12 were next with six players each. Alabama and Stanford each had the most first-team selections with three. It is fourth time in the last five years that the Crimson Tide had the most First Team selections.
Then and Now
Nineteen different schools are represented on the 2012 Walter Camp All-America First Team – the 124th honored in the name of the former Yale University football legend. Of those 19 schools, Pittsburgh has the honor of being the first represented on a Walter Camp All-America team. Panthers center Robert Peck made the 1915 All-America squad.
Good to See You Again
Two players – running back Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (Alabama) – are repeat First Team All-Americans. Two additional players – offensive lineman Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) and defensive back Jason Verrett (TCU) – were Second Team honorees in 2012. Lastly, Second Team All-Americans Taylor Lewan (Michigan) and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) were First Team selections last year.
Player of the Year Jameis Winston
The 47th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is the second FSU player to earn the honor – Charlie Ward won the award in 1993. Winston, who earned Second Team All-America honors, is the second Player of the Year to be on the Second Team (Nebraska’s Eric Crouch, 2011)
Of the 26 First Team selections, 17 are seniors. There are six juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. On the Second Team, there are 11 seniors, nine juniors, four sophomores and two freshman (QB Jameis Winston of Florida State and KR DeVon Edwards of Duke)
Placekicker Roberto Aguayo (Florida State) and punter Austin Rehkow (Idaho) are the seventh and eighth freshmen to earn Walter Camp First Team All-America honors. Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M – 2012), Tyler Lockett (KR, Kansas State – 2011), Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech – 2007), Adrian Peterson (RB, Oklahoma – 2004), Dre Bly (DB, North Carolina – 1997) and Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia – 1980) have also been recognized during their first collegiate seasons.
Gabe Ikard is the 14th offensive linemen from the University of Oklahoma since 1964 to earn Walter Camp All-America honors.
Texas A&M and Florida State have had at least one Walter Camp First Team All-American in each of the last four years. It is the longest current streak. The all-time streak record belongs to Notre Dame (18 straight years, 1964 to 1981). After not having an All-American from 1999-2009, Texas A&M has had seven in the last four years.
In the illustrious history of Alabama football, AJ McCarron is just the second Crimson Tide quarterback to earn Walter Camp All-American honors. In 1935, Riley Smith was named to the Walter Camp All-American team after leading the Crimson Tide to the Rose Bowl.
Good to See you C.J.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley is Alabama’s fifth repeat Walter Camp All-American since 1960 and the second straight honoree (center Barrett Jones, 2011-12).
Running back Ka’Deem Carey is the second Arizona player to repeat as a Walter Camp All-American joining former Wildcat linebacker (and 2010 Walter Camp Alumnus of the Year) Tedy Bruschi (1994-95).
Ka’Deem Carey is the 19th running back – and the fourth from the Pac-12 Conference – to repeat as a Walter Camp All-American. Herschel Walker (Georgia) is the only three-time recipient (1980-81-82).
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the first Pittsburgh defensive player to earn Walter Camp All-American honors since three-time honoree Hugh Green (1978-79-80).
Dennard is first Sparty DB
Darqueze Dennard is the first Michigan State defensive back in 41 years (Brad Van Pelt, 1972) to earn Walter Camp All-America honors.
Defensive end Michael Sam is the first Missouri defensive player since 1968 (DB Roger Wehrli) to earn Walter Camp All-America honors.
The Cardinal Trio
Three players from Stanford earned Walter Camp First Team All-America honors – LB Trent Murphy, OL David Yankey and KR Ty Montgomery. It is the second time in the last three seasons the Cardinal boasted three First Team All-Americans. In the last five years, Stanford has had eight First Team All-Americans.
Players of the Week
Each week during the regular-season, the Walter Camp Foundation recognizes a National Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. Nine First and Second All-American members were recognized during the 2013 regular season.
First Team All-Americans recognized included: UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr (Sept. 15), Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (Oct. 20), Boston College running back Andre Williams (Nov. 17) and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Nov. 24).
Second Team honorees included: Virginia defensive back Anthony Harris (Sept. 1), Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun (Sept. 8), Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (Oct. 6), Duke defensive back/kick returner DeVon Edwards (Nov. 10), and Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs (Nov. 10).
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.
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2013 Walter Camp All-America Teams
First Team Offense
Pos. Name, School Hgt Wgt Class Hometown
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M 6-5 225 Soph. Galveston, TX
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State 5-10 186 Jr. Stockton, CA
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech 6-5 260 Jr. San Antonio, TX
OL Cyrus Louandjio, Alabama 6-6 310 Jr. Hyattsville, MD
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M # 6-5 305 Sr. Missouri City, TX
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor 6-5 340 Sr. Fort Worth, TX
OL David Yankey, Stanford 6-5 313 Sr. Roswell, GA
C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma 6-3 298 Sr. Oklahoma City, OK
QB AJ McCarron, Alabama 6-4 214 Sr. Mobile, AL
RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona 5-10 207 Jr. Tucson, AZ
RB Andre Williams, Boston College 6-0 227 Sr. Schnecksville, PA
PK Anthony Fera, Texas 6-2 208 Sr. Cypress, TX
PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State 6-1 203 Fr. Mascotte, FL
First Team Defense
DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh 6-0 285 Sr. Pittsburgh, PA
DL Michael Sam, Missouri 6-2 255 Sr. Hitchcock, TX
DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas 6-5 250 Sr. Plano, TX
DL Vic Beasley, Clemson 6-2 235 Jr. Adairsville, GA
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama* 6-2 238 Sr. Mobile, AL
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA 6-4 248 Sr. San Pedro, CA
LB Trent Murphy, Stanford 6-6 261 Sr. Mesa, AZ
DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State 5-11 197 Sr. Dry Branch, CA
DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State 5-8 190 Sr. Fort Lauderdale, FL
DB Jason Verrett, TCU # 5-10 176 Sr. Fairfield, CA
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State 6-0 200 Sr. Huntsville, TX
P Austin Rehkow, Idaho 6-3 202 Fr. Veradale, WA
KR Ty Montgomery, Stanford 6-2 215 Jr. Dallas, TX
Second Team Offense
Pos. Name, School Hgt Wgt Class Hometown
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson 6-1 205 Jr. Fort Myers, FL
WR Davante Adams, Fresno State 6-2 216 Soph. Palo Alto, CA
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina 6-4 245 Jr. Greensboro, NC
OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan * 6-8 315 Sr. Cave Creek, AZ
OL Jack Mewhort, Ohio State 6-6 308 Sr. Toledo, OH
OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State 6-4 340 Sr. Liberty, MS
OL Cameron Erving, Florida State 6-6 320 Jr. Moultrie, GA
C Bryan Stork, Florida State 6-4 300 Sr. Vero Beach, FL
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State 6-4 228 Fr. Bessemer, AL
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington 5-10 203 Jr. Spokane, WA
RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State 5-11 203 Soph. Plainfield, IL
PK Jeff Budzien, Northwestern 5-11 175 Sr. Hartland, WA
Second Team Defense
DL Marcus Smith, Louisville 6-3 252 Sr. Columbus, GA
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State 6-4 250 Soph. Middletown, NJ
DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina* 6-6 274 Jr. Rock Hill, SC
DL Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State 6-3 245 Jr. Aiken, SC
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State 6-2 230 Jr. Fort Lauderdale, FL
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo 6-3 248 Sr. Fort Pierce, FL
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU 6-3 245 Sr. Reno, NV
DB Anthony Harris, Virginia 6-1 190 Jr. Chesterfield, VA
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon 5-10 185 Jr. Chino Hills, CA
DB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 6-0 194 Sr. Baltimore, MD
DB Deone Bucannon, Washington State 6-1 215 Sr. Fairfield, CA
DB Lorenzo Doss, Tulane 5-11 175 Soph. New Orleans, LA
P Tom Hornsey, Memphis 6-3 210 Sr. Geelong, Victoria Australia
KR DeVon Edwards, Duke 5-9 185 Fr. Covington, GA
* – 2012 Walter Camp First Team All-America
# – 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-America