New Haven, CT – 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 20.
About the Award: This is the 11th 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
BLAKE SIMS, ALABAMA
Senior, Quarterback, Gainesville, GA/Gainesville
Blake Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards and four touchdowns as the third-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Florida, 42-21. Sims’ 445 passing yards were the second-highest single-game total in school history. He had scoring throws of 87, 79, 2 and 6 yards as Alabama improved to 4-0 with the victory.
Notes: Blake Sims is the eighth Alabama player to earn Player of the week honors since 2004, and the first quarterback to be recognized.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ZEEK BIGGER, EAST CAROLINA
Junior, Linebacker, Gastonia, NC/Ashbrook
Zeek Bigger posted a career-best 17 tackles (7 solo) and returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown as the Pirates cruised past in-state rival North Carolina, 70-41. Bigger had 11 of his tackles in the first half. With the win, East Carolina improved to 3-1.
Notes: Zeek Bigger is the first East Carolina player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors.
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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