The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced that senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was named one of forty "players to watch" for its 2019 Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. This is the Charlotte, N.C., native's third preseason honor as he was also tabbed to the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch lists. Under center last year, Hopkins Jr. became the first player in Academy history to throw and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
He also registered five rushing touchdowns in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to tie the Army single-game record. The Charlotte, N.C., native closed out his first year as the primary play caller with 17 rushing touchdowns, which tied Carlton Jones '06 and Trent Steelman '13 for a single-season program record. Ten players on the 2019 watch list, including the 2018 Player of the Year Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors. Tagovailoa was a First Team All-American last season along with his teammate, wide receiver Jordy Jeudy, and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.
There are 30 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, seven running backs and seven receivers/tight ends) on the preseason watch list along with 10 from the defensive side of the ball. In all, 35 schools and 11 conferences (including independents) are represented on the list with Alabama having four players on the list. Defending national champion Clemson has two players on the watch list, along with Oregon. Read more.