TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama senior Jonathan Allen and freshman Jalen Hurts were named two of 15 semifinalists for the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award on Thursday.
The Walter Camp Award is presented annually to the National Player of the Year. Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the 2015 winner.
Allen has been a force for one of the nation’s top-ranked units, anchoring the defensive line. He has a team-high 13 quarterback hurries to go with his 40 tackles, seven of which are sacks (-55 yards), which ranks second on the team. The senior defensive lineman has returned a team-leading two fumble recoveries for 105 combined yards and two touchdowns. His 25 career sacks places him second on the Tide’s all-time list behind former Crimson Tide standout and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.
Hurts has excelled for the Crimson Tide, playing in all 10 games this season and starting the last nine contests. A dual-threat quarterback, Hurts has contributed 2,767 yards of total offense, including 2,032 through the air and 735 rushing. He has completed 167-of-260 passes (64.2 percent) with 16 touchdowns with just seven interceptions, and has accumulated 735 yards on 126 attempts to average 5.8 yards per carry with a team-high 11 scores on the ground. Hurts ranks second in Alabama single-season history for rushing yards by a quarterback, just 56 yards shy of matching the all-time leader, Steadman Shealy (1979), at 791 yards.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. A list of five finalists will be announced Nov. 30, and the winner broadcast live on ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 8.