Dalton named top player in MWC

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    CollegeFootballNews.com has ranked quarterback Andy Dalton as the top player in the Mountain West Conference.

    Four other Horned Frogs are among the top 30 players in the league. Wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Kerley was listed fourth. Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was 12th, linebacker Tank Carder 14th and center Jake Kirkpatrick 22nd.

    Dalton is a preseason All-American who appears on watch lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Award.

    The four-year starter from Katy, Texas, tops all active quarterbacks nationally with 29 victories. The 29 wins also tie him with Slingin’ Sammy Baugh for the most in TCU history.

    Dalton, the 2009 MWC Offensive Player of the Year and an honorable-mention All-American, was eighth in the nation in passing efficiency last season with a 151.8 rating. Among active quarterbacks, he ranks third in lowest career interception percentage (2.4, 24 picks in 1,001 attempts).

    Dalton has led TCU to top-10 rankings each of the last two seasons. In 2009, he guided the Horned Frogs to their first BCS appearance.

    In just three seasons, Dalton is TCU’s career leader in total offense with 8,633 yards.

    Dalton set a single-season TCU record in 2009 with 2,756 yards passing, while his 61.6 completion percentage and 23 touchdown passes placed second. Dalton is the Horned Frogs’ all-time leader in passing yards with 7,457. His 603 completions, 44 touchdown passes and 60.2 completion percentage rank second.

    A two-time bowl game Most Valuable Player, Dalton ranked fourth on TCU last season with 512 yards rushing on a 4.4 per carry average. He has 1,176 career yards on the ground.