New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its first 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN (www.generationucan.com/waltercamp), for games ending August 31. Please note: Outstanding performances during games played on Sunday (Sept. 1) or Monday (Sept. 2) will be considered for next week’s award.
About the Award: This is the 10th 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
CHRISTION JONES, ALABAMA
Junior, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, Adamsville, AL/Minor
Christion Jones accounted for 256 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Virginia Tech, 35-10. Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return and added a 94-yard kickoff return for a score – becoming the first Alabama player (since at least 1944) to score twice on returns. He also added a 38-yard touchdown reception.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY HARRIS, VIRGINIA
Junior, Strong Safety, Chesterfield, VA/Lloyd C. Bird
Anthony Harris posted 11 tackles (3 solo) and recorded one quarterback sack, one interception, and broke up one pass while also blocking a punt to lead the Cavaliers to a season-opening 19-16 victory over BYU. Harris’ blocked punt and interception set up two UVA scores.
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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) – 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