New Haven, Connecticut -- The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced today that University of Alabama running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) is one of the "players to watch" for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
Darby is currently seventh on Alabama's all-time rushing list with 2,489 yards. He is 1,077 yards away from breaking Shaun Alexander's (1996-99) school record of 3,565 career rushing yards. He is also looking to become the first back in Tide lore to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons on the ground. As a sophomore in 2004, he rushed for 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns. Last year, he tallied 1,242 yards and three touchdowns.
The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early November. The 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 13, 2007 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Last year's recipient was USC running back Reggie Bush.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp Â- a former Yale University athlete and football coach Â- is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org),- a New Haven-based all-volunteer group,was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.