– The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by 777 Partners, for games ending September 24.
About the Award: This is the 19th 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
RS Senior, Quarterback, Greensboro, NC/Dudley
Hendon Hooker accounted for 461 yards (349 passing, 112 rushing) and three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Tennessee defeated 20th-ranked Florida, 38-33. Hooker completed 22-of-28 passes and two touchdowns, while rushing for one more score and 112 yards as the Volunteers improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2016.
Notes: Hendon Hooker is the seventh Tennessee player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004) and the first since former linebacker Darrell Taylor (Nov. 10, 2018).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RS Sophomore, Defensive Tackle, Bowdon, GA/Heard County
Zaylin Wood recorded two tackles, including two quarterback sacks, recovered one fumble, and intercepted one pass as Middle Tennessee State defeated 25th-ranked Miami, 45-31. Wood returned his interception 15 yards for a touchdown as the Blue Raiders improved to 3-1 with the victory.
Notes: Zaylin Wood is the third Middle Tennessee State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since running back Phillip Turner (Nov. 23, 2008)
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
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