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UMass receiver, two BC players selected for Walter Camp All-America teams

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Andy Isabella #5 of the Massachusetts Minutemen carries the ball during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs on November 17, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Andy Isabella had 13 touchdown receptions in 2018.

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.

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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.

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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.

Hamp Cheevers (4) celebrates with BC teammate Brandon Sebastian after Cheevers' first-half interception at Walke Forest Sept. 13.
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Hamp Cheevers (4) celebrates with BC teammate Brandon Sebastian after Cheevers' first-half interception at Walke Forest Sept. 13.

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).

Boston College senior receiver/return specialist Michael Walker (3) was joined by junior defensive back Hamp Cheevers as second-team selections on the Walter Camp All-America team.
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Boston College senior receiver/return specialist Michael Walker (3) was joined by junior defensive back Hamp Cheevers as second-team selections on the Walter Camp All-America team.

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

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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

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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).