NEW HAVEN, Conn. — LSU cornerback and return specialist Tyrann Mathieu is one of 50 student-athletes named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which is presented annually to college football’s National Player of the Year.
Mathieu, the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year, is one of 10 Southeastern Conference players on the list and one of 13 defensive players across the nation on the list. Mathieu seeks to become the first LSU football player to capture the award in its 45-year history.
Mathieu heads into his junior season having created 14 turnovers during his career. His 11 forced fumbles rank seventh in NCAA history and are three shy of the NCAA career record. Mathieu currently owns the NCAA career record in forced fumbles per game with 0.42.
He posted 76 tackles, two interceptions and ran back two punts for touchdowns last season for the SEC-champion Tigers.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November.
The award, which is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 6.