(TALLAHASSEE, FL.) – Redshirt sophomores Deondre Francois and Derwin James are among the 40 players to watch for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Friday morning.
Francois and James were both previously named to the watch list of the Maxwell Award, also given to the nation’s top player, while Francois also earned O’Brien honors for being among the top quarterbacks in the country.
James has been recognized by the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards, given to the nation’s top defensive player; the Thorpe as the country’s best defensive back; and the Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player.
In total, 12 different Seminoles appeared on at least one national award watch list this offseason.
The Camp Award will be presented December 7 and is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. The winner will receive his trophy at the 51st annual Walter Camp Foundation banquet on January 13, 2018, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Quarterbacks Charlie Ward (1993) and Jameis Winston (2013) both previously won the award for Florida State.
Preseason Watch Lists:
Bednarik (Defensive Player of the Year): Derwin James, Tarvarus McFadden, Derrick Nnadi, Matthew Thomas
Maxwell (Player of the Year): Deondre Francois, Derwin James
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team (Community Service): Mavin Saunders
Rimington (Center): Alec Eberle
Mackey (Tight End): Ryan Izzo
Lou Groza (Kicker): Ricky Aguayo
Outland (Interior Lineman): Alec Eberle, Derrick Nnadi
Nagurski (Defensive Player of the Year): Derwin James, Tarvarus McFadden, Derrick Nnadi, Josh Sweat
Thorpe (Defensive Back): Derwin James, Tarvarus McFadden
Hornung (Most Versatile): Derwin James
Butkus (Linebacker): Jacob Pugh and Matthew Thomas
Wuerffel (Service): Alec Eberle
O’Brien (Quarterback): Deondre Francois
Doak Walker (Running Back): Jacques Patrick
Walter Camp (Player of the Year): Deondre Francois, Derwin James