ATHENS, Ga. --- Junior tailback Todd Gurley and senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson have been included as players to watch for the 2014 Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award.
Gurley, native of Tarboro, N.C., and Wilson, a native of Tampa, Fla., are two of 50 players on the list and two of the nine from the Southeastern Conference.
The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on December 11. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Former Bulldog Herschel Walker won the 1982 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Walker also won the Heisman Trophy that year.
Gurley, a native of Tarboro, N.C., was an All-SEC Second Team selection last year despite playing in only 10 games because of injuries. Gurley averaged 98.9 yards a game in 2013 after rushing for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. The versatile back was also third on the team with 37 catches for 441 yards receiving and a team-leading six touchdowns. As a true freshman in 2012, Gurley piled up 1,385 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and earned Freshman All-America honors.
Wilson, a native of Tampa, Fla., was an All-SEC First Team performer after leading the league in tackles with 133 stops. He picked up 11 tackles for loss and four sacks during his 13 games on the field and posted a career-high 18 stops during the showdown with Auburn.
Both Gurley and Wilson were picked this week to be First Team All-SEC performers in the coming season.
The Bulldogs start the season at home in Sanford Stadium versus Clemson on August 30. ESPN will televise the 5:30 p.m. matchup.