By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
A pair of superstars head this years Walter Camp All-American Team. Davonta Smith WR of Alabama heads the offense and Tolalona Hufunga safety from USC leads the defense.
Smith is the 54th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He is the third Alabama player to receive the honor in the last five years, he was preceded by Derrick Henry (2015) and Tua Tagoviolaga (2018).
He’s the sixth wide receiver to earn this award and the first since Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburg in 2003.
The Amite, La. (population 4,401) native had a career year with 118 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also was an electrifying punt returner with 11 returns for 236 including a 52 yarder for a TD. That gives him a monster 21-yard average.
The humble senior was also named SEC Offensive Player of The Year while having over 100 yards receiving in 9 of 13 games. In the National Championship game win over Ohio State he had 215 yards on 12 catches and three touchdowns in the first half alone.
“I want to thank my family, my mom, my dad just everything ya’ll taught me and molded me into today,” said smith after receiving the Heisman Trophy. “I want to thank my mentor Vincent Sanders without you I wouldn’t be here today. Just the rides and taking me places I want to visit-just doing things and helping me get to where I am to- day.”
Hufunga had 62 tackles in a COVID shortened six game season. The junior from Corvallis, Oregon had big games on his way to becoming the PAC-12 Defensive Player of The Year. He had 17 tackles in the PAC-12 title Game and 12 against crosstown rival UCLA.
He’s the first Trojan since 1996 to have an interception in four consecutive games. He has decided to enter the NFL draft.
“To my Trojan Brothers past, present and future. The bond we share is unbreakable and I can’t thank you enough for your support and experiences,” said Hufanga on his twitter page.
Wyatt Davis (St. John Bosco High) of Ohio State is a repeat honoree on the O-Line. The 6-4, 315 pounder helped the Buckeyes average 519 total yards per game. He was one of seven BIG-10 players selected this season.
Avery Williams (Serra High) of Boise State had a sensational collegiate career In 2020 he averaged 12 yard a punt return. While blocking two punts returned one for a touchdown, ran back a kick for 99 yards. Averaged 24 yards on three punt returns including a 36-yarder against Hawaii. He’s the only player in MWC history with multiple special teams touchdowns. The Pasadena native was named six-time conference Special teams Player of The Week from 2017 to 2020. He was also named time MWC All-Academic team.
He announced recently he’s putting his name in the NFL draft.
“All glory be to God without him I would not be where I am today,” Williams said on social media. “I would like to thank coach Harsin all coaches and staff for current and past guidance.”
The WCAA team at 131 years is the oldest All-American team in the nation founded by Camp himself. The Players are selected by 130 college Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and SID’s.
The Walter Camp Foundation is an all-volunteer organization
Based in New Haven Connecticut. The mission is to preserve and promote the tradition of selecting an All-American team started by Camp.
New Haven native Floyd Little passed away on Jan.1. The Hall of Famer spent several years assisting on Walter Camp weekend. Many youth activities were held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on the campus of Hillhouse High Little’s alma mater in New Haven. He will be sorely missed.