The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending October 15.
About the Award: This is the 13th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARLOS HENDERSON, LOUISIANA TECH
RS Junior, Wide Receiver, New Orleans, LA/McDonogh 35
Carlos Henderson had 12 catches for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Louisiana Tech defeated Massachusetts, 56-28. The 326 receiving yards were the second-most in school history. Henderson had scoring receptions of 50, 42, 5, 83 and 6 yards as the Bulldogs improved to 4-3.
Notes: Carlos Henderson is the first Louisiana Tech player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award began in 2004.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ZACH CUNNINGHAM, VANDERBILT
RS Junior, Linebacker, Pinson, AL/Pinson Valley
Zach Cunningham had a career-high 19 tackles (6 solo), including 2.5 tackles for losses and one pass break-up as Vanderbilt rallied for a 17-16 victory over SEC-rival Georgia. Cunningham, who made a game-clinching tackle in the final minutes, led a Commodore defense that held Georgia to just 75 yards rushing in the contest.
Notes: Zach Cunningham is the third Vanderbilt player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors, joining former Commodores Ryan Hamilton (DB, Sept. 28, 2008) and D.J. Moore (DB, Nov. 16, 2008).
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Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also 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. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org,@WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. The Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s website, www.ncfaa.org