The following is a release courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate has been selected a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced. Tate is one of three wide receivers to make the 15-player list.
The 5-11, 195-pounder from Hendersonville, Tenn., leads the Irish with 74 receptions for 1,172 yards with 11 receiving touchdowns adding two rushing touchdowns and one punt return touchdown. He is five receptions shy and 78 yards away from breaking Notre Dame's single-season school record for receptions and receiving yards.
Tate's 14 total touchdowns are tied for most among wide receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He is tied for third in touchdown receptions, ranks fourth in total receiving yards and receiving yards per game and is ninth in both yards per catch and receptions per game. Tate has totaled seven 100-yard receiving games this year, second most in Notre Dame history and no FBS player has more this season.
Selected a first-team mid-season All-American by CBSSports.com, Tate has also been named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (top college football player) and the Biletnikoff Award (top collegiate wide receiver).
A list of five finalists will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented live on Thursday, Dec. 10 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semi-Finalists
- Toby Gerhart, Senior, RB, Stanford – 1,395 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns
- Mardy Gilyard, Senior, WR, Cincinnati – Averaging over 180 all-purpose yardage a game
- Jerry Hughes, Senior, DL, TCU – 13 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks
- Mark Ingram, Soph., RB, Alabama – 1,297 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns
- Case Keenum, Junior, QB, Houston – Leads nation with 4,194 passing yards and 31 touchdowns
- Dion Lewis, Freshman, RB, Pittsburgh – 1,291 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns
- Rolando McClain, Junior, LB, Alabama – 77 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions
- Colt McCoy, Senior, QB, Texas – Completing 72.3% of passes for 2,792 yards and 19 touchdowns
- Kellen Moore, Soph., QB, Boise State – Leads nation with 172.49 passing efficiency
- Jacquizz Rodgers, Soph., RB, Oregon State – 1,545 rushing & receiving yards and 18 touchdowns
- Jordan Shipley, Senior WR, Texas – 81 receptions for 1,096 yards and 8 touchdowns
- C.J. Spiller, Senior, RB/KR, Clemson – Averaging 195.2 all-purpose yards a game
- Ndamukong Suh, Senior, DT, Nebraska – 14 QB hurries, 11 tackles for loss, 8 pass breakups and 5 sacks
- Golden Tate, Junior, WR, Notre Dame – 1,174 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns
- Tim Tebow, Senior, QB, Florida – Has passed for 10 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more