Stanford wraps up watch list preseason with more nominees


Stanford senior wide receiver and kick returner Ty Montgomery and junior offensive tackle Andrus Peat are among the 50 candidates for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 11.

Montgomery finished the watch list preseason by earning consideration from four awards. He previously been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award (player of the year), the Hornung Award (most versatile) and Biletnikoff (top receiver).

Montgomery is already well-versed in major awards. Following an electrifying 2013 season, he was a consensus All-America selection and received the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers Award as the national return specialist of the year.

Peat makes his third career watch list after quickly earning recognition last year in his first season as a starter.

The nation's top-rated recruit by Sporting News in 2011, Peat already has one career All-America honor under his belt (Sports Illustrated) and is a preseason first team selection by Athlon.

Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889.

Elsewhere on the Watch List circuit:

Stanford senior running back Kelsey Young is among the candidates for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, as announced by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Young, a computer science major, received consideration despite entering his first season as a predominant running back and in recognition of his ability. Despite playing alongside all-conference stars Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney, Young has carved his own reputation as a dangerous play-maker who has worked his way up the depth chart since red-shirting as a freshman.

As a sophomore in 2012, Young averaged 22.2 yards per kickoff return and played both receiver and running back. He scored the first points of the 2013 Rose Bowl Game with a 16-yard touchdown run against Wisconsin.

— Stanford Athletics

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