LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior tight end Jace Amaro has been named a First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. This year’s team is the 124th edition making the Walter Camp All-America team the oldest in the nation.
Amaro, a native of San Antonio, is one of six Big 12 student-athletes represented on the first team and marks his second All-America honor in an as many days. He was named to the USA Today First Team All-America team on Wednesday. The Walter Camp All-America team is one of five used by the NCAA to determine consensus All-America honors.
Amaro is closing in on two all-time single-season NCAA records by a tight end in both receptions and receiving yards. He enters the bowl game with 98 receptions and 1,240 receiving yards. The all-time NCAA record in these categories by a tight end is 111 receptions and 1,329 receiving yards – both records are held by former Rice tight end James Casey who set each of the records during the 2008 season. Amaro needs 14 receptions and 90 receiving yards to become the new NCAA single-season leader.
Prior to this season, Michael Crabtree was the last Red Raider honored by the Walter Camp Foundation as he was a two-time selection in 2007 and 2008.
About The Walter Camp Foundation
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.