Nov. 29, 1997
Adams Named to Walter Camp Team
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Heisman candidates Peyton Manning of Tennessee, Ricky Williams of Texas and Michigan's Charles Woodson highlight this year's 1997 Walter Camp all-america team, which was announced Saturday.
Selections for the nation's oldest college all-star squad were made in balloting by the country's Division I-A coaches and sports information directors for the Walter Camp Foundation.
Manning has completed 262-of-444 passes for 3,446 yards and 32 touchdowns in his senior season. He put a stamp on his career by throwing for a school-record 523 yards and five touchdowns in the Volunteers' 59-31 victory over Kentucky last weekend.
Williams, who averages 172 rushing yards per game, is the country's rushing and scoring leader. He set a Texas record with six 200-yard rushing games this year and has amassed a single-season school-record 1,893 yards, breaking Earl Campbell's 1977 record of 1,744.
Woodson leads the team on the defensive side of the ball. The cornerback and explosive punt returner has buttressed the country's best defense and led the Big Ten champions to an undefeated season, a trip to the Rose Bowl and a possible national championship.
Penn State running back Curtis Enis joins Williams in the backfield. The junior ranks fourth on the school's all-time rushing list with over 3,000 yards.
Randy Moss of Marshall and Florida's Jacquez Green, a pair of underclassmen, fill the wide receiver positions. Moss, a sophomore who sports his own internet web page, tied the Division I-A record with 22 touchdown receptions this season. Green has 61 catches for 1,024 yards and nine scores for the Gators. Oklahoma State senior Alonzo Mayes was voted in as the nation's best tight end.
Dre' Bly of North Carolina joins Woodson in the secondary and becomes one of only two players to be named to the team in consecutive seasons. Florida's Fred Weary and Brian Lee of Wyoming round out the defensive backfield.
Andy Katzenmoyer of Ohio State, who has led the Buckeyes to a 10-2 season, leads the linebacker corps. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore is joined by Leonard Little of Tennessee and Brian Simmons of North Carolina.
Three Nebraska players were voted to this year's squad, including defensive linemen Jason Peter and Grant Winstrom, who is an Academic All-American. Cornhusker offensive lineman Aaron Taylor joins Bly on the squad in back-to-back seasons.
Defensive lineman Greg Ellis is the third North Carolina Tar Heel on this year's squad, all on defense. Florida State's Andre Wadsworth, who was a walk on in Tallahassee, completes the defensive front four.
Flozell Adams of Michigan State, Alan Faneca of Louisiana State and Washington teammates Benji Olson and center Olin Kreutz join Taylor on the offensive line.
Chad Kessler joins Faneca as the second player from Louisiana State voted to this year's squad. The senior averaged over 50 yards per punt and is a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete with a 3.91 grade point average as a micro-biology major. UCLA placekicker Chris Sailer completes the special teamers.
1997 Walter Camp All-America Team
Pos Name (Ht., Wt.,Cl.) School
QB Payton Manning (6-5, 222, Sr.) Tennessee
RB Ricky Williams (6-0, 220, Jr.) Texas
RB Curtis Enis (6-1, 233, Jr.) Penn State
OL Flozell Adams (6-7, 330, Sr.) Michigan State
OL Aaron Taylor (6-1, 305, Sr.) Nebraska
OL Alan Faneca (6-5, 310, Jr.) LSU
OL Benji Olson (6-4, 310, Jr.) Washington
C Olin Kreutz (6-4, 290, Jr.) Washington
TE Alonzo Mayes (6-6, 265, Sr.) Oklahoma State
WR Randy Moss (6-5, 210, So.) Marshall
WR Jacquez Green (5-9, 172, Jr.) Florida
PK Chris Sailor (5-10, 190, Jr.) UCLA
DL Jason Peter (6-5, 285, Sr.) Nebraska
DL Grant Winstrom (6-5, 266, Sr.) Nebraska
DL Greg Ellis (6-6, 265, Sr.) North Carolina
DL Andre Wadsworth (6-4, 282, Sr.) Florida State
LB Andy Katzenmoyer (6-4, 260, So.) Ohio State
LB Leonard Little (6-3, 247, Sr.) Tennessee
LB Brian Simmons (6-4, 230, Sr.) North Carolina
DB Charles Woodson (6-1, 197, Jr.) Michigan
DB Dre' Bly (5-10, 185, So.) North Carolina
DB Fred Weary (5-10, 180, Sr.) Florida
DB Brian Lee (6-2, 200, Sr.) Wyoming
P Chad Kessler (6-1, 197, Sr.) LSU