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 25.
About the Award: This is the 18th 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
DEVIN LEARY, NORTH CAROLINA STATE
RS Sophomore, Quarterback, Sickersville, NJ/Timber Creek
Devin Leary completed 32-of-44 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime, as North Carolina State defeated ninth-ranked Clemson, 27-21. It was the Wolfpack’s first win against a top ten team since 2012.
Notes: Devin Leary is the fifth NC State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, and the first since former Wolfpack linebacker Nate Irving did exactly 11 years ago (Sept. 26, 2010).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BENNETT WILLIAMS, OREGON
Junior, Safety, Campbell, CA/St. Francis
Bennett Williams recorded eight tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown as third-ranked Oregon defeated Arizona, 41-19.
Notes: Bennett Williams is the 10th Oregon player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, and the first since running back CJ Verdell (Oct. 27, 2019).
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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