The Atlantic Coast Conference scored another point towards being the nation’s best football conference Friday when the ACC tied the SEC with the most players (8) on the Walter Camp watch list.
An annual award presented from the Walter Camp Foundation, the honor is handed to the player of the year in college football. Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award last season and is one of the eight ACC players on the watch list this year.
Jackson accumulated 5,114 total yards and 51 total touchdowns on his way to the Walter Camp Trophy. He also became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy. Furthermore, Jackson won 2016 National Player of the Year honors from CBSports.com, The Sporting News and the Maxwell Award.
Florida State sophomore signal caller Deondre Francois is the only other ACC quarterback on the Walter Camp watch list. As a redshirt freshman starter in 2016, Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Seminoles defensive back and kicker returner Derwin James joined his teammate on the Walter Camp watch list. With defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins, the Clemson Tigers were the only other ACC team with two players on the watch list.
The other three ACC players included were Pitt wide receiver and kick return Quadree Henderson, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and Miami running back Mark Walton.