Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) stands on field between plays during the 2nd half of a against the Michigan Wolverines game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Walter Camp Watch List: Calhoun, Funchess and Golson make the cut

Fifty players made the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List on Friday, including Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, Michigan’s Devin Funchess and Notre Dame’s Everett Golson.

Calhoun enters his junior season as the reigning 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while Funchess, who is also a junior, wants a break-out year at wide receiver after recording 748 receiving yards last season.

Golson makes his return to South Bend as a senior after sitting out last season. He accounted for 18 touchdowns in 2012, helping the Fighting Irish earn a trip to the national title game against Alabama.

“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Walter Camp Foundation president James Monico said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”

The list includes 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, eight receivers, seven running backs and two offensive linemen) and 17 defensive standouts (seven defensive backs, five defensive linemen and five linebackers).

In November, the foundation will name 10 award semifinalists . ESPN SportsCenter will announce the winner Thursday, December 11.

The foundation named Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year after the freshman threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns en route to leading the Seminoles to a national title win over Auburn last season.

The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List includes the following 50 players:

Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska
Nelson Agholer, Jr., WR, USC
Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Sr,. LB, Northwestern
Vic Beasley, Sr., DL, Clemson (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shilique Calhoun, Jr., DL, Michigan State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shane Carden, Sr., QB, East Carolina
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Landon Collins, Jr., DB, Alabama
Amari Cooper, Jr., WR, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Sr., WR, Duke
Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, Jr., WR, Maryland
Lorenzo Doss, Jr., DB, Tulane (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., DB, Oregon (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Cameron Erving, Sr., OT, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Devonte Fields, Soph., DL, TCU
Devin Funchess, Jr., WR/KR, Michigan
Everett Golson, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Garrett Grayson, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Randy Gregory, Jr., DL, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia
Vernon Hargreaves, Soph., DB, Florida
Anthony Harris, Sr., DB, Virginia (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Brock Hekking, Sr., DL, Nevada
Austin Hill, Sr., WR, Arizona
Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU
Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA
Myles Jack, Soph., LB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, Jr., RB, Miami Fla. (2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Matt Johnson, Jr., QB, Bowling Green
Taylor Kelly, Sr., QB, Arizona State
Trevor Knight, Soph., QB, Oklahoma
Qushaun Lee, Sr., LB, Arkansas State
Tyler Lockett, WR, Sr., Kansas State (2011 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn
Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State
Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Andrus Peat, Jr., OT, Stanford
Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor
Terrance Plummer, Sr., LB, UCF
Cody Prewitt, Sr., DB, Ole Miss
Keenan Reynolds, Jr., QB, Navy
Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State
Ramik Wilson, Sr., LB, Georgia
Jameis Winston, Soph., QB, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
T.J. Yelden, Jr., RB, Alabama

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