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Luck among three finalists for Camp player of year

Stanford QB is joined by Oregon's James and Auburn's Newton in race for Walter Camp College Player of the Year award

Stanford's Andrew Luck is among three underclassmen who comprise the list of finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 College Player of the Year award.

Luck, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, is joined by Oregon sophomore running back LaMichael James and Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton as the finalists.

The 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented live on Thursday, Dec. 9 during the 6 p.m. (ET) edition of ESPN SportsCenter.

Former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, now playing in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, won the award the previous two years.

The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Jan. 15 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Luck has led the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and No. 4 ranking in the latest BCS standings. He has passed for 3,051 yards (245-of-349) and 28 touchdowns (a school record) this season in addition to rushing for 438 yards and three touchdowns. Luck also has thrown for three or more touchdowns in a game five times, including a season-high four TDs three times (a school record) -- most recently in a 38-0 win over Oregon State last Saturday.

James has led the second-ranked Ducks to a 12-0 record entering its regular-season finale against Oregon State. Leads the nation with a 154.8 rushing average and has rushed for 1,548 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has eight 100-yard rushing efforts, including three for 200-plus yards. He rushed for a season-high 257 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Stanford on Oct. 2 and earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors. Has also caught 13 passes for 169 yards and scored one touchdown.

Newton has led the top-ranked Tigers (12-0) to a berth in Saturday's Southeastern Conference

championship game. He ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency (185.6) while throwing for 2,254 yards (148-of-218) and 24 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 1,336 yards and 18 touchdowns and ranks 11th in the nation in rushing yards per game (111.3). Newton is the first player in SEC history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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