LSU running back Derrius Guice and linebacker Arden Key have been selected as two of forty “players to watch” for the 2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Foundation announced Friday.
The nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. The award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Guice heads into the 2017 season as one of the most electric ball carriers in the country. The Baton Rouge native broke two school records, earned All-America honors and was named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches and media.
The Baton Rouge native scored on the longest run in LSU history (96 yards) and set the single-game rushing record with 285 yards in the win over Texas A&M. Guice led the SEC in rushing yards and ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game.
This marks the fourth preseason watch list Guice has been named to. Guice was also named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, the Paul Hornung Award Watch List and the Doak Walker Award List.
Key has already been named to the Butkus, Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists. The junior set the single-season sacks record a year ago with 12. Key totaled three PBUs and recovered three fumbles in 2016.