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The award is presented annually to the top player in college football.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham has been named to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp 2022 Player of the Year award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Friday.

Cunningham is one of 52 players named to the watch list. He’s also one of 44 offensive players, 22 quarterbacks and seven players from the ACC to make the list.

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November, with the winner being announced on ESPN’s College Football Awards Show towards the end of the season. The recipient is voted on by the 130 FBS head coaches and sports information directors.

This is now the third preseason honor for the redshirt senior. Cunningham was also named to the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award watch lists.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound dual threat signal caller was not only Louisville’s heart and soul on offense in 2021, but one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC. He completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 2,941 yards and 19 touchdowns to only six interceptions, while also rushing for 1,031 yards and 20 touchdowns.