(July 18, 2014) Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty was listed among "players to watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award in a 50-player preseason watch list released Friday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Petty’s inclusion bolstered his already long list of preseason honors that includes Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, preseason All-Big 12 quarterback, AFCA Good Works Team nominee, and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Maxwell Award watch lists member.
Petty, who was a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award in 2013, is one of four players from the Big 12 on the list and one of 16 quarterbacks overall.
On the field in 2013, the Midlothian, Texas, native was the national leader in yards-per-completion (16.80) and second nationally in passing efficiency (174.29) and points responsible for per-game (21.2). Petty led the Big 12 in passing yards (4,200, fourth nationally), total offense (339.2 yards/game, eighth nationally), passing touchdowns (32, 11th nationally), and rushing touchdowns (14, 19th nationally). He completed 250-of-403 passes (62.0 percent) and ran for 209 yards and 14 TDs on 94 rushes.
While leading Baylor to its first Big 12 title in program history, Petty was named All-America by Athlon and Sporting News and was a consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Besides being a Walter Camp semifinalist, Petty won the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and was a semifinalist for the O’Brien and Maxwell awards.
Former running back Lache Seastrunk made the Walter Camp watch list a season ago.
The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists 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 Dec. 11. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 17 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 – is also 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 was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.