UCF QB Dillon Gabriel and Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons Named Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

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 14.

About the Award: This is the 16th 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

DILLON GABRIEL, UCF

Freshman, Quarterback, Mililani, HI/Mililani

True freshman Dillon Gabriel passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns as 17th-ranked UCF defeated Stanford, 45-27.  Gabriel completed 22-of-30 passes, including scoring tosses of 28, 38, 38 and 1 yard to help the Knights improve to 3-0. 

Notes: Dillon Gabriel is the fourth UCF player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since quarterback McKenzie Milton (Sept. 30, 2018).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ISAIAH SIMMONS, CLEMSON

RS Junior, Linebacker, Olathe, KS/Olathe North

Isaiah Simmons recorded eight tackles (3.5 for losses) and two quarterback sacks as top-ranked Clemson (3-0) defeated Syracuse, 41-6.  It was the Tigers’ 18th consecutive victory.

Notes: Isaiah Simmons is the ninth Clemson player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and  the second this season (RB Travis Etienne, Sept. 1).

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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

LSU QB Joe Burrow and California LB Evan Weaver Named Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

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 7.

About the Award: This is the 16th 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

JOE BURROW, LSU

Senior, Quarterback, Athens, OH/Athens

Joe Burrow passed for 471 yards and four touchowns as sixth-ranked LSU (2-0) defeated ninth-ranked Texas, 45-38, on the road. Burrow completed 31-of-39 passes and his 471 passing yards were the second-most single-game total in LSU history. 

Notes: Joe Burrow is the ninth LSU player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Tiger running back Derrius Guice (Nov. 27, 2016).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

EVAN WEAVER, CALIFORNIA

Senior, Linebacker, Gonzaga, WH/Gonzaga

Evan Weaver recorded a career-high 18 tackles (14 solo), including two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble as California defeated Pac-12 rival Washington, 20-19.   With the victory, the Golden Bears improved to 2-0. 

Notes: Evan Weaver is the fifth California player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Golden Bear linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (Oct. 15, 2017).

Generation UCAN (@GenUCAN) is healthy sports nutrition powered by a unique, slow-burning carbohydrate called SuperStarch. UCAN’s drink mix provides steady energy, allows you to burn more fat for fuel during workouts, and helps you recover efficiently compared to sugary sports drinks or a high carbohydrate meal. UCAN contains no added sugars, no caffeine, and is gluten-free. SuperStarch was originally designed to help children who suffer from serious energy imbalances and now fuels some of the top athletes in the world – ranging from professional football players, to Olympic runners, to everyday athletes striving for fitness.  The UCAN Company is based Woodbridge, CT.  Visit www.generationucan.com for more information.  


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

Clemson RB Travis Etienne and Michigan State DE Kenny Willekes Named Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN

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 August 31.   Games played on September 1 and 2 will be considered for next week’s awards.

About the Award: This is the 16th 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

TRAVIS ETIENNE, CLEMSON

Junior, Running Back, Jennings, LA/Jennings

Travis Etienne rushed for 205 yards (on just 12 carries) and scored three touchdowns as top-ranked Clemson defeated ACC-rival Georgia Tech, 52-14, in its 2019 season opener.  Etienne scored on runs of 90, 14 and 48 yards.  His 90-yard scoring run tied a school record.

Notes: Travis Etienne is the eighth Clemson player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Tiger defensive end Austin Bryant (Sept. 10, 2017).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KENNY WILLEKES, MICHIGAN STATE

Senior, Defensive End, Rockford, MI/NorthPointe Christian

Kenny Willekes had two tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and had one quarterback sack as 18th-ranked Michigan State opened the 2019 season with a 28-7 victory over Tulsa.  Willekes recovered one of his fumbles in the end zone for his first career defensive touchdown and added six assisted tackles as the Spartans held the Golden Hurricane to minus-73 yards rushing for the game. 

Notes: Kenny Willekes is the fifth Michigan State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Spartan linebacker Jon Reshke (Nov. 22, 2015).

Generation UCAN (@GenUCAN) is healthy sports nutrition powered by a unique, slow-burning carbohydrate called SuperStarch. UCAN’s drink mix provides steady energy, allows you to burn more fat for fuel during workouts, and helps you recover efficiently compared to sugary sports drinks or a high carbohydrate meal. UCAN contains no added sugars, no caffeine, and is gluten-free. SuperStarch was originally designed to help children who suffer from serious energy imbalances and now fuels some of the top athletes in the world – ranging from professional football players, to Olympic runners, to everyday athletes striving for fitness.  The UCAN Company is based Woodbridge, CT.  Visit www.generationucan.com for more information.  
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