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 26.
About the Award: This is the 17th 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
K.J. COSTELLO, MISSISSIPPI STATE
Graduate Senior, Quarterback, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Santa Margarita/Stanford
K.J. Costello passed for a Southeastern Conference-record 623 yards as Mississippi State defeated sixth-ranked LSU, 44-34, on the road. Costello completed 36-of-60 passes and threw for five touchdowns. His 623 passing yards were the 11th-highest total in FBS history.
Notes: K.J. Costello is the third Mississippi State player to win the award since 2004 (and the first offensive honoree), joining former Bulldogs Quinton Culberson (LB, Nov. 5, 2006) and Richie Brown (LB, Oct. 5, 2014).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAHRON McPHERSON, KANSAS STATE
Senior, Defensive Back, Basehor, KS/Butler CC
Along with his last minute game-clinching interception, Jahron McPherson record 11 tackles, one for a loss, and forced fumble as Kansas State came-from-behind to defeat third-ranked Oklahoma, 38-35. McPherson’s interception ended Oklahoma’s attempted go-ahead scoring drive with 33 seconds remaining and sealed the Wildcats’ first victory of the season.
Notes: Jahron McPherson is the fourth Kanas State player to earn the recognition since 2004, and the first since Nov 4, 2012 (Allen Chapman, DB).
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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