Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been named to his third watch list this preseason after getting selected among the candidates for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award on Friday morning.
The award is the fourth-oldest individual college football award, named in honor of Walter Camp, also known as “The Father of American Football”. Camp played and coached at Yale.
Entering the season poised to become the top passer in Penn State history, Hackenberg capped his sophomore season by breaking or tying nine PSU single game bowl records. He has started all 25 career games under center and enters the season ranked No. 3 in career passing yards (5,932), attempts (876) and completions (501), and is No. 4 in career total offense (5,770). He is one of just eight Nittany Lions to amass over 5,000 passing yards.
Penn State has had two Walter Camp winners: Running back John Cappelletti (1973) and tailback Larry Johnson (2002).
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The 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 128 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 10.
The Nittany Lions now have seven players on 11 different preseason watch lists: Kyle Carter (Mackey Award - Nation's Top Tight End), Christian Hackenberg (Maxwell Award - College Football MVP, Davey O’Brien Award – Nation’s Top Quarterback, Walter Camp Award – National Player of the Year), DaeSean Hamilton (Maxwell Award - College Football MVP, Biletnikoff Award – Nation’s Top Wide Receiver), Jordan Lucas (Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year), Akeel Lynch (Doak Walker Awards – Nation’s Top Running Back), Angelo Mangiro (Rimmington Trophy – Nation’s Top Center) and Anthony Zettel (Bednarik Award – National Defensive Player of the Year, Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year, Outland Trophy - Nation's Top Interior Lineman, Lombardi Award – Nation’s Top Lineman or Linebacker).