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 September 3. Games played on September 4 and 5 will be considered for next week’s awards.
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
LAMAR JACKSON, LOUISVILLE
Sophomore, Quarterback, Boynton Beach, FL/Boynton Beach HS
Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns – all in the first half – as Louisville rolled to a 70-14 season-opening victory over UNC Charlotte. Jackson completed 17-of-23 passes for 286 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 119 more yards (on 11 carries) and two more touchdowns.
Notes: Lamar Jackson is the third Louisville player (and first offensive honoree) to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, joining former Cardinal standouts Elvis Dumervil (Sept. 6, 2005) and Gerod Holliman (Nov. 9, 2014).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRANDON WILSON, HOUSTON
Senior, Cornerback, Shreveport, LA/Calvary Academy
Brandon Wilson recorded a team-high 10 tackles, and returned a missed field goal the length of the field for a touchdown to lead 15th-ranked Houston to a 33-23 season-opening victory over third-ranked Oklahoma. Wilson also broke up a pass and had one tackle for loss in the win.
Notes: Brandon Wilson is the sixth Houston player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Sammy Brown (Nov. 20, 2011).
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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