STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford senior wide receiver and kick returner Ty Montgomery and junior offensive tackle Andrus Peat are among the 50 candidates for the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
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 SportsCenter on Thursday, 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.
Montgomery finished the watch list preseason by earning consideration from four awards. He previously been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award (player of the year), the Hornung Award (most versatile) and Biletnikoff (top receiver).
Montgomery is already well-versed in major awards. Following an electrifying 2013 season, he was a consensus All-America selection and received the Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers Award as the national return specialist of the year.
Earlier this summer Montgomery was named as Phil Steele’s preseason all-purpose player of the year as well as an all-conference first teamer at wide receiver. He also garnered preseason All-America honors at specialist by Athlon and at kick returner by the Sporting News.
A political science major at Stanford, Montgomery finished second nationally in kickoff return average (30.3) in 2013. Montgomery was the only player on a BCS conference team with two kickoff returns for a touchdown. He finished ninth nationally in all-purpose yards (157.7/game) in 2013, with 2,208 all-purpose yards. The team’s leading pass catcher in 13 of its 14 games of 2013, Montgomery caught 61 passes for 958 yards (15.7 yards per reception) with 10 touchdowns.
Peat makes his second career watch list after quickly earning recognition last year in his first season as a starter. In fact, head coach David Shaw moved two-time All-American David Yankey (drafted by Minnesota this spring) last season from left tackle to left guard to make room for Peat’s 6 foot 7, 312 pound frame guarding quarterback Kevin Hogan’s back. The nation’s top-rated recruit by Sporting News out of Chandler, Ariz. in 2011, Peat already has one career All-America honor under his belt (Sports Illustrated) and is a preseason first team selection by Athlon.
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 (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – 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.
Stanford’s season opens Aug. 30 with a 1 p.m. (PT) home game against UC Davis on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal plays its first three games at home with USC visiting the Stadium Sept. 6 (12:30 p.m., ABC) and Army visiting Sept. 13 (2 p.m., Pac-12 Net).
Season tickets are on sale with five sections and price levels already sold out. Three-game Mini plans are also on sale now.
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Hornung Award (Most versatile)
Rimington Award (Most outstanding center)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (Most outstanding place kicker)
Jim Thorpe Award (Best defensive back)
Biletnikoff Award (Outstanding receiver)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (Outstanding quarterback)
Doak Walker Award (Top Running Back)