NEW HAVEN, Conn. – WKU Football quarterback Mike White capped 2017 Watch List week
as one of 40 initial Walter Camp Player of the Year candidates, the namesake’s
foundation announced Friday morning. It is White’s seventh individual honor leading
into Hilltopper fall camp, which starts July 31.
See the full list here.
The WKU senior is one of 15 quarterbacks and only one of eight from the Group of
Five, as the 40 watch list members were chosen regardless of position or conference.
In all, 30 schools and 10 conferences are represented on the list, including 2016
Walter Camp Player of the Year Lamar Jackson of Louisville.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November, then the 2017
Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient (voted on by the 130 FBS head coaches and
sports information directors) will be announced Dec. 7. There are also First and
Second Team All-Americans announced by the Walter Camp Football Foundation annually.
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 was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to
continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
White, linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe and head coach Mike Sanford returned Thursday
evening from Conference USA Media Days in Irving, Texas, where the trio represented
the Hilltoppers among the 13 other league programs. The field general’s exhaustive
list preseason honors are bulleted below, as WKU has 10 days until fall camp begins.
White’s Preseason Recognition
* Conference USA Preseason Offensive POY
* Maxwell Award Watch List (Top player)
* Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (Community service)
* Davey O’Brien Award Watch List (Quarterback)
* Johnny Unitas Award Watch List (Quarterback)
* Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List (Top player)
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