List of Walter Camp Award Winners by Year

    Named after the "Father of Football," the Walter Camp Award honors the player of the year in CFB, and we have all the winners listed by year.

    Named after the “Father of American Football,” Walter Camp Award winners are honored for being the College Football Player of the Year. Awarded since 1967 by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, winners are decided by a group of FBS head coaches and sports information directors.

    Walter Camp Award winners are listed by year below.

    Walter Camp Award Winners Listed by Year

    • 2023 – Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
    • 2022 – Caleb Williams, QB, USC
    • 2021 – Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
    • 2020 – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
    • 2019 – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
    • 2018 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
    • 2017 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
    • 2016 – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
    • 2015 – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    • 2014 – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    • 2013 – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    • 2012 – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
    • 2011 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
    • 2010 – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    • 2009 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
    • 2008 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
    • 2007 – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
    • 2006 – Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
    • 2005 – Reggie Bush, RB, USC
    • 2004 – Matt Leinart, QB, USC
    • 2003 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh
    • 2002 – Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State
    • 2001 – Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska
    • 2000 – Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma
    • 1999 – Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin
    • 1998 – Ricky Williams, RB, Texas
    • 1997 – Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan
    • 1996 – Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida
    • 1995 – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State
    • 1994 – Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado
    • 1993 – Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State
    • 1992 – Gino Torretta, QB, Miami (FL)
    • 1991 – Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan
    • 1990 – Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame
    • 1989 – Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana
    • 1988 – Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State
    • 1987 – Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    • 1986 – Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami (FL)
    • 1985 – Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn
    • 1984 – Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College
    • 1983 – Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska
    • 1982 – Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia
    • 1981 – Marcus Allen, RB, USC
    • 1980 – Hugh Green, LB, Pittsburgh
    • 1979 – Charles White, RB, USC
    • 1978 – Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma
    • 1977 – Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame
    • 1976 – Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh
    • 1975 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
    • 1974 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
    • 1973 – John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State
    • 1972 – Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska
    • 1971 – Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn
    • 1970 – Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford
    • 1969 – Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma
    • 1968 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC
    • 1967 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

    1 COMMENT

    1. Very fitting for The Walter Camp Foundation to honor Steve Spurrier as they started after he was the Best Player in College Football.
      Coach Spurrier is a fine, charasmatic, articulate, honest, gentleman. He has been a role model for generations of young men. In addition to being successful at every level of football, he is a dedicated family man who never forgot friends or anyone he met on his way to the top of his profession.
      A pure competitor whose innovations now permeate football at every level.
      Was a pretty good golfer too!

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