TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and Derwin James were each named Friday to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which is presented annually to the college football player of the year.
Cook, a junior running back from Miami, set an FSU record last year with 1,691 rushing yards while scoring 19 touchdowns. This marks the third preseason watch list for Cook, who also placed on the lists for the Doak Walker Award (top running back) and the Maxwell Award (player of the year).
He is one of 11 running backs on the Walter Camp Award watch list.
James, a sophomore defensive back from Haines City, Fla., emerged as one of the best defensive freshmen in the country last year. His 91 tackles are the most among FSU’s returning defenders, and he’s already placed on the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), the Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year) and the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back).
He is one of 10 defensive players on the Walter Camp Award watch list and one of just five defensive backs.
Cook or James could become the third Seminole to win the Walter Camp Award, joining quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993 and quarterback Jameis Winston in 2013.