Boise State’s Thompson, Colorado State’s Higgins earn Walter Camp recognition

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Entering the 2015 football season, two Mountain West football players will be among the 50 players to watch for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the foundation announced Friday.

Boise State’s Darian Thompson and Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins earned the recognition.

Thompson, a senior safety for the Broncos, started all 13 games in 2014, picking off seven passes which was the third-most nationally. In his career, the native of Lancaster, Calif., has intercepted 14 passes, the sixth-most in school history. Last year, on his way to earning first-team All-MW honors, he also led the Boise State secondary with 71 tackles.

Higgins, only a sophomore in 2014, was a consensus first-team All-American after leading the country with 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions. The native of Dallas, Texas, is one of three players nationally to be named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, Biletnikoff Award Pre-Season Watch List and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List.

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 128 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 10. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 16, 2016 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.