July 20, 2012
New Haven, Conn. (SMU) - SMU senior running back Zach Line is one of 50 "Players To Watch" for the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the award foundation announced today. The Walter Camp Award is the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
Line was named first-team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season, but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards a game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 6. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Preseason accolades are rolling in for the Mustangs. Line is now on the Watch Lists for the Walter Camp, Maxwell & Doak Walker Awards and several teammates are also being recognized. Darius Johnson is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List; Margus Hunt and Taylor Reed on the Lombardi list; Ja'Gared Davis on the Butkus Award list and Blake McJunkin the Rimington.
On the heels of its third straight bowl appearance, SMU will host Texas A&M, TCU, Memphis, C-USA West rivals Houston and Tulsa and 2011 C-USA Champion Southern Miss at Ford Stadium in 2012. Ticket sales have been brisk, as SMU has already surpassed its season ticket sales totals for the rest of the June Jones era. For Mustang ticket information, call the Athletics Department Ticket Office at (214) SMU-GAME (768-4263).