Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson was recently honored as an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Golson attended the Walter Camp Football Foundation 48th Annual National Awards Dinner at the Yale University Dining Commons last Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut.
Walter Camp, known as “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-American team in 1889. Camp was a former Yale University athlete and coach who is 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.
Golson was named to the first team of all five of the major All-American teams: American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.
The last player for Ole Miss to be named consensus and unanimous first team All-American was Michael Oher in 2008. In order to be considered a “consensus” pick, a player must be listed on the most first team All-America teams at his position, and he also has to be named first team on at least two of the five major All-American teams.
In addition to the five abovementioned outlets, many others have named Golson to their first team: USA Today, Scout.com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, CBS Sports, Athlon, College Sports Madness and Sports on Earth.
Golson hauls in numerous awards this season
In addition to his All-American awards, Golson was recognized with numerous prestigious designations this season. He was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the national defensive player of the year, and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year by Scout.com and College Sports Madness.
The Pascagoula, Miss. native was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy, which is given to the top college football player in the state of Mississippi. He was also named the winner of the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Elite Defensive Back Trophy, which honored him for the top career defensive back performance over the past four seasons of FBS football.
Golson, a three-year starter, tied an Ole Miss school record with 10 interceptions in a season this year—ranking him first in the SEC and second in the nation. The next closest player to Golson in the SEC had six INTS, 40% less than Golson’s total. The cornerback’s 16 career picks are tied for third-most in Ole Miss history.
In addition to his many accolades, Senquez Golson will always be remembered by Rebel fans for his interception of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims’ pass in the end zone with 38 seconds remaining in the game. The pick clinched Ole Miss’ 23-17 victory over No. 1 Alabama.
Photograph of 2015 All-American Team courtesy of Catherine Avalone – New Haven Register.