Texas A&M teammates Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans are two of the 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, officials announced Wednesday.
Manziel, A&M’s quarterback and winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy, ranks second nationally in total offense (3,924 yards) and has thrown a school-record 31 touchdown passes for No. 11 A&M (8-2). Evans, the lone wide receiver among the Walter Camp semifinalists, has caught 57 passes for 1,263 yards, with 12 TDs.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who has thrown for 2,657 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the fifth-ranked Bears (8-0) into the BCS national title mix, is the only other player from a college in Texas that made the 15 semifinalists. Among the semifinalists, 10 are quarterbacks and three are defenders. There is one running back and Evans is the lone receiver.
A other semifinalists include UCLA LB Anthony Barr, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey, Fresno State QB Derek Carr, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, Alabama LB C.J. Mosley, Missouri DE Michael Sam and Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
_ Jimmy Burch