2012 Walter Camp Watch List: Marcus Lattimore, Tyler Wilson Headline SEC Members
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The Walter Camp Foundation released its watch list of 50 college football players for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award—the nation's fourth-oldest individual award.
Of the 50 members of the list, 12 players hail from SEC schools.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Arkansas running back Knile Davis, Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd, Missouri quarterback James Franklin, Alabama center Barrett Jones, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson were the representatives of SEC teams on the list.
The Walter Camp is often a mirror of the Heisman Trophy, so with that in mind, consider Lattimore and Wilson the favorites.
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Lattimore is a machine. He has been the primary reason that South Carolina has gone from SEC East anonymity to SEC powerhouse. Lattimore gained 1,197 yards and scored 17 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2010, as he carried the Gamecocks on his shoulders all the way to the SEC East title.
Last season he was off to a stellar start, gaining 818 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns during the first seven games. The sophomore tore his ACL vs. Mississippi State, which ended his season.
The confidence that he helped instill into the program lasted throughout the season, though. Now that Lattimore is back and the program is on still on the rise, expect big things the junior in 2012.
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Wilson is behind Lattimore and Murray in most Heisman projections, but he may be the most likely candidate to take home postseason hardware.
The Razorback signal-caller lost three stud wide receivers, but gets wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg back. Plus the return of running back Knile Davis, who recently squatted 600 pounds this summer, will help take some pressure off of Wilson.
The loss of Bobby Petrino as the primary play-caller will hurt, but the presence of his brother Paul as Arkansas' offensive coordinator should minimize the impact of Petrino's dismissal.
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