NC Players on O’Brien, Doak Walker, Walter Camp Watch Lists


After 21 award announcements, it is now time to close the book on Award watch lists for the 2014 college football season. The last three awards to be released were the Davey O’Brien, Doak Walker, and Walter Camp Awards. So let’s knock out these babies.

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The Davey O’Brien Award – The Best Quarterback in College Football

Local Candidates:

Anthony Boone –SR –QB –Duke
Shane Carden –SR –QB –East Carolina

Figuring out who has the better chance to bring home this award between these contenders is not easy. Carden has the advantage of playing in a system that will pile up stats for him. Boone will play at a higher level of competition with more exposure. It also worth noting that Brandon Connette is no longer with Duke to take snaps away from Boone.

Nov 9, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Sterling Bailey (58) tackles Appalachian State Mountaineers running back Marcus Cox (14) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Appalachian State 45-6. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Doak Walker Award – The Best Running Back in College Football

Local Candidates:

Marcus Cox –SO –RB –Appalachian State

The lack of local running backs is a product of spread offenses and teams that spread carries among multiple backs. Let’s not sleep on Cox though. He only ran for a team record 1,250 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns last year. This year he will be facing the rush defenses of the mighty Sun Belt Conference, so there will be opportunities.

The Walter Camp Award – The Top Performer in College Football

Local Candidates:

Shane Carden –SR –QB –East Carolina
Jamison Crowder –SR –WR –Duke

This award is yet another award for the best player in college football. Carden and Crowder are on this list because they have the potential to be stat collection machines. Carden, as mentioned before, plays in the Air Raid offense where he will be throwing constantly. Crowder will have roles as a receiver and a kick returner for the Blue Devils this season.

Now the watch lists are done, meaning it is time to start getting ready for the college football season.