Mewelde Moore Candidate For Player Of The Year

Tulane University senior Mewelde Moore has been selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as one of its 42 "players to watch" for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Moore is one of the top returning all-purpose backs in the nation with more all-purpose yards (5,182) than any other returning player in the country. A candidate for All-America honors and the Doak Walker Award, as well as the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, he is Tulane's all-time leading rusher with 3,449 yards and tops the career charts in all-purpose yards as well. Overall, the Baton Rouge native owns 23 school records. As a sophomore, he became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for over 1,250 yards and catch more than 60 passes in the same season.

Tulane now has preseason candidates for four major college football awards. In addition to Moore being a candidate for the Walter Camp Award and the Doak Walker Award, senior J.P. Losman is on the Davey O'Brien Watch List as the top quarterback in the nation and sophomore Anthony Cannon is a preseason candidate for the Dick Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country.

In addition to his rushing totals, Moore has led the Wave in 65 receptions in each of the last two years. He is also one of three players in the nation to rush for 1,000 yards in each of the last two years.

In addition to Moore, Southern Miss linebacker Rod Davis represents Conference USA on the watch list for the Walter Camp honor.

The 2003 Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early November. The recipient of the honor, which is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on February 14, 2004 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Last year's recipient was Penn State running back Larry Johnson, who led the nation in rushing and all-purpose yardage and is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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.

Tulane opens its 110th season of college football on Monday evening, hosting TCU at 7 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome. The game will be nationally- televised by ESPN. Season tickets are still available for the entire six-game schedule while individual game tickets can also be purchased. For further information, call 504-861-WAVE.

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