Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been named one of 15 “Players to Watch” for the 2010 National Player of the Year Award presented by the Walter Camp Foundation. Bowers and Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley are the only two defensive players on the list.
The list of five finalists will be announced on December 1 and the winner will be announced on December 9 during the 6:00 PM edition of ESPN Sports Center. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet at Yale University in New Haven, CT on January 15, 2011.
Bowers leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 and is second in tackles for loss with 22. He leads the Clemson team in tackles with 60. The sack total is already a Clemson season record for a defensive lineman and second most in school history behind the 16 Keith Adams recorded in 1999. His tackle for loss total is the most by a Clemson defensive lineman since 1991 when Rob Bodine had 27.
Bowers has recorded a sack in eight straight games, tying the record of eight by Gaines Adams in 2006. Bowers will look to break that mark on Saturday when the Tigers play at Wake Forest.
The native of Bamberg, SC has also been named one of four finalist for the Lombardi Award and one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award.
Walter Camp “Players to Watch” for National Player of the Year
Justin Blackmon WR So. Oklahoma State
Da’Quan Bowers DE Jr. Clemson
Andy Dalton QB Sr. TCU
LaMichael James RB So. Oregon
Nick Fairley DT Jr. Auburn
Robert Griffin III QB So. Baylor
Kendall Hunter RB Sr Oklahoma State
Colin Kaepernick QB Sr. Nevada
Andrew Luck QB So. Stanford
Ryan Mallett QB Jr. Arkansas
Kellen Moore QB Jr. Boise State
Cam Newton QB Jr. Auburn
Terrelle Pryor QB Jr. Ohio State
Denard Robinson QB So. Michigan
Jordan Todman RB Jr. UCONN