BOISE -- Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was one of 40 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2016 Walter Camp Award, which is presented annually the to player of the year in college football, on Friday.

Rypien has already been named to both the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award watch lists this month.

Of the 40 players on the Walter Camp Award Watch List, 15 are quarterbacks. Rypien is one of only five underclassmen to gain recognition.

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Rypien played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2015. The Broncos went 8-3 during that stretch and Rypien averaged 304.8 passing yards per game, the most by a Boise State quarterback since Ryan Dinwiddie (311.1) in 2003.

The Walter Camp Award will announce 10 semifinalist in mid-November. The 2016 winner will be revealed live on ESPN SportsCenter on December 8.

Coaches and sports information directors from all 128 FBS schools will submit votes to determine the winner.

The Walter Camp Award started in 1967. No non-Power 5 player has ever won the award.