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SU’s Tucker part of another preseason award watch list

Posted 7/29/22

Syracuse University sophomore Sean Tucker has landed on his third 2022 preseason award watch list.

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SU’s Tucker part of another preseason award watch list

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Syracuse University sophomore Sean Tucker has landed on his third 2022 preseason award watch list.

The Orange football running back is among 52 players on the short list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. It is the country’s fourth-oldest individual college football award.

Last year, Michigan state running back Kenneth Walker III was the Walter Camp Player of the Year. He’s beginning his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Tucker has already been named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award preseason lists. He also has received some All-American honors and was the only Syracuse player to be selected to the 2022 Preseason All-ACC team Wednesday. The NCAA Division I school has also launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Tucker, who hails from Maryland. Visit Cuse.com/PL34SED for more about Tucker.

During a breakout 2021 season, Tucker finished with 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns. His yards are a single-season record, breaking Joe Morris’ 42-year-old record. According to the school, Tucker also broke Syracuse’s single-season record with nine games of more than 100 yards rushing. He became the first player in program history to rush for more than 100 yards and have more than 100 yards receiving in the same game when he did so against Albany.

He was a First Team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association, second team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and American Football Coaches Association of the consensus teams.

Tucker is among 12 running backs named to the list. There are also 22 quarterbacks and 12 receivers or tight ends to complete a list of 44 offensive players named. The other eight are defensive players at a slew of positions.

Including Tucker, the ACC had a total of eight players on the list: Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham, University of North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs, Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman, Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey, N.C. State QB Devin Leary and Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke.

Syracuse players a part of a total of seven preseason award watch lists. Linebacker Mikel Jones was named for the Butkus Award and Nagurski Award. Kicker Andre Szmyt was placed on the Lou Groza Award watch list and long snapper Aaron Bolinsky is listed for the Wuerffel Trophy.

A group of 10 semifinalists for the Walter Camp Award will be announced in mid-November. The 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN’s College Football Awards Show. The date for that event has not been determined.

Syracuse, led by Dino Babers, is looking to rebound from a 5-7 record during the 2021 season after dropping its last three games. The team finished 1-10 in 2020 and 5-7 in 2019. The team’s last winning season was 2018 when the Orange finished 10-3.

Syracuse begins the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, against visiting Louisville. For tickets, visit: cuse.com/tickets

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