Matt Johnson, Bowling Green's junior quarterback, has caught the eye of the voters and been placed on the 2014 Walter Camp Award Watch List. Last season, Johnson took over early on from incumbent Falcon quarterback Matt Schilz and never looked back, leading BGSU to 10 wins and the MAC title, blowing out Northern Illinois in the championship game. Johnson completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 3,467 yards and 25 TDs, with a mere 7 interceptions, and added 238 yards and 5 more scores on the ground.
While award watch lists are as prolific as bowl games, and being mentioned on one doesn't necessarily amount to a whole hill of beans, the Walter Camp is different. Just 50 players make it to the list initially, so Johnson can take comfort in being mentioned in such hallowed company as Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. However, whether the Walter Camp encapsulates every college player is debatable, as just one defender, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, has won the award in its 47 years of existence.
Still, no one from a mid-major has ever won the award, and Johnson is the only MAC player on this year's list. So, well done young man. Hustle Belt has your back.