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 8.
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
TREVOR KNIGHT, TEXAS A&M
Post-grad, Quarterback, San Antonio, TX/Reagan
Trevor Knight accounted for 339 yards and five touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing) as 8th-ranked Texas A&M (6-0) defeated 9th-ranked Tennessee, 45-38, in overtime. Knight passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 110 yards and three scores. Knight’s one-yard scoring run was the game-winner in the second overtime.
Notes: Trevor Knight is the ninth Texas A&M player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and seventh offensive honoree (4th quarterback – Reggie McNeal, Johnny Manziel and Kyle Allen).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MINKAH FITZPATRICK, ALABAMA
Sophomore, Defensive Back, Old Bridge, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions, including a school-record 100-yard return for a touchdown, as top-ranked Alabama defeated 16th-ranked Arkansas, 49-30. Fitzpatrick also had five tackles (4 solo) and broke up two passes in the victory.
Notes: It is the second time that Minkah Fitzpatrick has earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors (Oct. 18, 2015). Fitzpatrick is also the 12th Crimson Tide to be honored with Player of the Week honors since the award started in 2004.
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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