UMass receiver, two BC players selected for Walter Camp All-America teams
UMass senior receiver Andy Isabella, who led the nation in receiving with 102 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 TDs, was named to the Walter Camp All-America first team on Thursday.
Isabella, from Mayfield, Ohio, is UMass’s second Walter Camp selection. Receiver Tajae Sharp, now with the NFL’s Titans, was a second-teamer in 2015.
Boston College football players Hamp Cheevers and Michael Walker were named second-team selections, becoming the 14th and 15th players in school history to earn the prestigious postseason accolade.
It also marked the second time in school history a pair of Eagles were named to the nation’s oldest All-America squad since Doug Flutie and Tony Thurman were recognized in 1984.
Cheevers, a 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound junior defensive back from Trenton, Fla., tied for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter and was tied for second on the team with seven pass breakups.
Walker, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior receiver/return specialist from Naples, Fla., led the nation for the second year in a row in combined kick return yards with 1,294 this season. An All-ACC second-team selection, Walker ranked seventh nationally in punt returns with 20 for 274 yards (13.70 average).
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp player of the year. Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy to be presented Saturday in New York City.
Walter Camp first team
Offense: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, WR Andy Isabella, UMass, TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, OL Jonah Williams, Alabama, OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, OL Ben Powers, Oklahoma, OL Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin, C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State, QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis, PK Andre Szymt, Syracuse
Defense: DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson, DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama, DL Ed Oliver, Houston, DL Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, LB Josh Allen, Kentucky, LB Devin White, LSU, LB Devin Bush, Jr., Michigan, DB DeAndre Baker, Georgia, DB Julian Love, Notre Dame, DB Greedy Williams, LSU, DB Grant Delpit, LSU, P Braden Mann, Texas A&M, KR Savon Scarver
College football award winners
Walter Camp National Player of the Year — Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Maxwell Award (best all-around player) — Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award — Kyler Murray , Oklahoma
Doak Walker Award (outstanding running back) — Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Fred Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver) — Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Chuck Bedarnik Trophy (best defensive player) — Josh Allen, Kentucky
Outland Trophy (outstanding collegiate interior lineman) — Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Dick Butkus Award (best linebacker) — Devin White, LSU
Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) — Deandre Baker, Georgia
Bronko Nagurski (outstanding defensive player) — Josh Allen, Kentucky
Lou Groza Award (outstanding place-kicker) — Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
John Mackey (best tight end) — T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Ray Guy Award (best punter) — Braden Mann, Texas A&M
Holder of the Year Award — Mac Loudermilk, Central Florida
Sports Spirit Award — Tyler Trent, Purdue’s No. 1 fan
Coach of the Year Award — Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award — HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities).