NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Vanderbilt senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur has been named to the 50-player preseason watch list for the prestigious 2018 Walter Camp Award.
The award, annually presented by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, is the nation’s fourth-oldest individual honor. It is awarded to the Player of the Year in college football.
Shurmur, a three-year starter who is approaching numerous Vanderbilt career passing records, becomes the first Commodore named to the Walter Camp Award preseason watch list since All-America wide receiver Jordan Matthews was recognized in 2013.
This is Shurmur’s second inclusion this summer on watch lists for top individual awards. Earlier this month, he was added to the Maxwell Award watch list, presented in December to the nation’s top player.
The Walter Camp Award watch list includes players from 41 schools and 11 conferences. Shurmur joins nine other standouts from the Southeastern Conference on the list. Shurmur is one of 17 quarterbacks among the 50 standouts named to the list.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president Michael Madera said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2018 Walter Camp recipient, which is voted on by the 129 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN on December 6. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s 52nd annual national awards banquet on Jan. 12, 2019 in New Haven.
Shurmur, from Philadelphia, Pa., is coming off a superb junior campaign in 2017 when he set a new Commodore record with 26 touchdown passes. He also threw for 2,823 yards, the third-highest single-season total in VU history. Shurmur enters his final season ranked fourth all-time among Commodores with 40 touchdown passes and fifth with 5,735 passing yards.
The Commodores kick off the season against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. from Vanderbilt Stadium.
Season tickets packages starting at $178 are available for a seven-game home schedule that also includes Nevada on Sept. 8, South Carolina on Sept. 22, Tennessee State on Sept. 29, Florida on Oct. 13, Ole Miss on Nov. 17 and Tennessee on Nov. 24.