Signal caller Dan Orlovsky, who previously was named to the Maxwell Football Club's College Player of the Year award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch lists, today was one of 40 players named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year Award.
And UConn's linebacker duo, the Huskies' statistically top returning defensive players, are two of six Big East players named to the 65-man watch list for the Butkus Award.
Following his junior season, Orlovsky (left) was named the Independent Offensive MVP by ESPN.com and the Connecticut Player of the Year by the New Haven-based Camp Foundation. The Shelton, Conn. native enters his final season of collegiate play poised to break almost every UConn career passing record. Orlovsky is second among all active passers in the nation with 61 career touchdown passes and eighth with 7,352 career passing yards. He's guided UConn to wins in 13 of the team's last 16 contests, including a 51-17 victory at Wake Forest to cap a 9-3 season in 2003.
Last fall, the 6-foot-5 team leader and NFL prospect finished seventh in the nation in passing and in the top 15 of several other major categories, including passing yardage and efficiency. The other Big East player on the Camp list is Syracuse's tailback Walter Reyes. The award went to Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.
Maurice Lloyd, who earlier was named to the Bronko Nagurski award watch list, led UConn with 94 solo tacks, 121 total tackles and five fumbles (3 recoverd and two caused). Alfred Fincher (#9) topped the Huskies with 46 tackle assists and was second to Lloyd in total tackles (113) and fumbles (4 - 2 in each category).
The other UConn seniors on national award watch lists are center Billy Irwin for the Rimington Trophy, annually presented to the nation's top center, and offensive tackle Ryan Krug for the Outland and Vince Lombardi awards given to the top lineman.
The Walter Camp Foundation's Player of the Year watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November. The 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 117 NCAA Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Feb. 13, 2005, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Walter Camp - "The Father of American football" - first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, a former Yale University athlete and football coach, also is credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven, Conn.-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.
Marion Barber III, RB, Minnesota Cedric Bensen, RB, Texas Josh Bullocks, LB, Nebraska Timmy Chang, QB, Hawaii Patrick Cobbs, RB, North Texas Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma P.J. Daniels, RB, Georgia Tech Anthony Davis, RB, Wisconsin Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan David Greene, QB, Georgia Matt Grotegoed, LB, USC Tramain Hall, RB, North Carolina State A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State Matt Herian, TE, Nebraska Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas Kevin Kolb, QB, Houston Chris Leak, QB, Florida Matt Leinart, QB, USC Jermelle Lewis, RB, Iowa Geoff McArthur, WR, California DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico Lance Moore, WR, Toledo Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue David Pollack, DE, Georgia Walter Reyes, RB, Syracuse Chris Rix, QB, Florida State Aaron Rodgers, QB, California Antrel Rolle, DB, Miami (Fla.) Brad Smith, QB, Missouri Darren Sproules, RB, Kansas State Justin Vincent, RB, LSU Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona State Corey Webster, DB, LSU Jason White, QB, Oklahoma Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Clemson DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn Vincent Young, QB, Texas
The Butkus Award is annually presented to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. The award was established in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando in its first year of existence.
The preliminary list of 65 candidates will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, October 14. That list will be cut down to three finalists, which will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on Thursday, November 11. The winner will be announced Friday, December 10, 2004.
The independent selection committee for the 2004 Butkus Award, comprised of 30 of the nation's foremost national media members, is solely responsible for all voting in the selection process.
The award carries the name and support of one of the greatest middle linebackers in football history, Dick Butkus. He was drafted in 1965 by the Bears in the first round of the pro draft after earning All American honors two years at the University of Illinois. Butkus was named to the NFL All Star team seven times and played in eight Pro Bowls before retiring from professional football in 1973. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility and was selected to represent the NFL in its 75th Anniversary Celebration.
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