Dec. 8, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and his offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro joined him on the first team on Thursday afternoon.
Luck is the first Stanford quarterback since Jim Plunkett in 1970 to receive the award. He is also the eighth Pac-12 player to earn top billing. Luck is also the third Stanford quarterback to be a first team selection, joining Plunkett and John Elway (1982). It is also the first time that three Stanford players have been first team selections and first time for the Pac-12 since USC in 2005.
“Andrew’s poise, leadership, and consistency have been trademarks of the Cardinal’s outstanding 2011 season,” said Foundation President John Marks.
Earlier on Thursday, Luck was named CoSIDA's Academic All-American of the Year for Football, carrying a 3.48 GPA as an architectural design major.
Luck, who is a finalist for tonight's Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards, led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth nationally with a 167.50 pass efficiency rating. He threw for Stanford single-season record 35 touchdowns, had nine interceptions and completed 70 percent of his passes.
Thanks to DeCastro and Martin, Luck was sacked just nine times in 2011 and 21 times in his three-year career with his fellow redshirt juniors at his side. The Cardinal this season racked up a running game at the tune of 207.9 yards per game, which ranked No. 22 nationally. The team also averaged 43.6 points per game, fifth-best in the nation.
DeCastro is also up for the Outland Trophy which will be announced tonight during ESPN's Awards Ceremony starting at 6 p.m. PT. DeCastro is a first team All-American by the Walter Camp, CBS Sports and AFCA. He and Luck will be on hand in Orlando for the ceremony.
Martin was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, and only offensive linemen amongst the finalists.