COLUMBIA — Missouri tight end Michael Egnew has been named to the watch list for the 2011 Player of the Year Award, handed out by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The Missouri senior is one of 40 players on the list, which was released on the foundation’s website Monday. Egnew is the only tight end on the list.
Last season, Egnew ranked second on the Tigers in receiving yardage, racking up 762 yards. He was also second in receptions, with 90, and receiving touchdowns, with five. He trailed only wide receiver T.J. Moe in all three categories. Nationally, Egnew led all tight ends in receptions and ranked 11th overall.
The Plainview, Texas, native was named to the watch list for the Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end, earlier this month. He was a finalist for that award last season, when he was also given First Team All-American and First-Team All-Big 12 honors.
Other Big 12 players on the Walter Camp watch list include Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles, Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Player of the Year Award is the fourth-oldest individual college football award in the country, according to the foundation’s website. Last year’s winner was quarterback Cam Newton, who led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship and was later selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy won the award in 2008 and 2009.