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Miami Hurricanes Football: S Jaquan Johnson named semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year

The best safety in Florida and one of the best in the Country is up for a National Award

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On Wednesday afternoon, Miami Hurricanes S Jaquan Johnson was named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

A junior from Miami, Johnson has played at an elite level all season long, and this nomination is proof positive of that fact. Johnson was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award after Miami’s 41-8 destruction of fraudulent, weak, soft, slow Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Here’s more on this nomination from Miami Athletics:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- University of Miami junior defensive back Jaquan Johnson was one of just four defensive players named among 15 semifinalists for the 2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Wednesday.

"It's been another exciting college football season with many teams and players still in the hunt for national recognition," Foundation president Michael Madera said. "We've identified some outstanding players and we know the final weeks of the regular season should be even more thrilling."

The two-time defending ACC Defensive Back of the Week, Johnson leads the Hurricanes with 66 tackles in his junior season. He has forced one fumble, recovered another, and ranks second on the Hurricanes with three interceptions.

Johnson totaled a career-best 12 tackles (seven solo) in Miami's win at Florida State on Oct. 7, and added an 11-tackle performance in a win at North Carolina (Oct. 28).

The Miami native has totaled 15 tackles and two interceptions over the last two games against Virginia Tech (Nov. 4) and Notre Dame (Nov. 11), earning ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for both performances.

The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. A list of five finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 29, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 7.

The 15-player watch list includes six quarterbacks, five running backs and four defensive players. Fifteen different schools and eight conferences are represented on the list.

The 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year, Louisville junior quarterback Lamar Jackson, is a 2017 semifinalist. Jackson has totaled 36 touchdowns (21 passing, 15 rushing) and 4,879 yards of total offense for the Cardinals in 2017.

Also on the watch list is 2015 Walter Camp First Team All-America quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), who has passed for 3,559 yards and 31 touchdowns this season for the fourth-ranked Sooners. 2016 Walter Camp Second Team All-America honoree Minkah Fitzpatrick is a 2017 Player of the Year semifinalist. Fitzpatrick, a defensive back, has posted 44 tackles and one interception for top-ranked Alabama.

The full list of semifinalists from the Walter Camp website is below:

2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalists

Josh Adams, RB, Junior, Notre Dame

Saquon Barkley, RB, Junior, Penn State

Bradley Chubb, DE, Senior, North Carolina State

Sam Darnold, QB, Sophomore, USC

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Junior, Alabama

Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma

Lamar Jackson, QB, Junior, Louisville

Jaquan Johnson, DB, Junior, Miami

Bryce Love, RB, Junior, Stanford

Hercules Mala’afa, DE, Junior, Washington State

McKenzie Milton, QB, Sophomore, UCF

Rashaad Penny, RB, Senior, San Diego State

Mason Rudolph, QB, Senior, Oklahoma State

Khalil Tate, QB, Sophomore, Arizona

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Freshman, Wisconsin

As one of only 4 defensive players named to the semifinalist list for this award, Johnson is in rare air, and recognized as one of the top players in America. If you’ve been watching the Canes this season, which everyone has because Miami is winning, you’ve seen that Johnson is a huge part of Miami’s success.

Jaquan Johnson and the Hurricanes look to keep their undefeated season alive when they play the Virginia Cavaliers on Senior Day this Saturday at Noon.

Congratulations, Jaquan!

Go Canes