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 October 14.
About the Award: This is the 14th 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
AJ DILLON, BOSTON COLLEGE
Freshman, Running Back, New London, CT/Lawrence Academy
True freshman AJ Dillon rushed for 272 yards (on 39 carries) and four touchdowns as Boston College defeated Louisville, 45-42. Dillon scored on runs of 1, 3, 11 and 75 yards as the Eagles improved to 3-4 on the season. Dillon finished with the third-best single-game rushing total in school history and the most ever by a true freshman in Boston College history.
Notes: AJ Dillon is the fifth Boston College player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since running back Andre Williams (Nov. 17, 2013).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN KUNASZYK, CALIFORNIA
Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Sacramento, CA/American River College/Roseville HS
Jordan Kunaszyk recorded 11 tackles (5 solo), 2.5 quarterback sacks, forced one fumble and made one interception as California defeated 8th-ranked Washington State, 37-3. Kunaszyk led a Golden Bear (4-3, 1-3 Pac 12) defense that allowed a Cougar offensive that entered the game averaging 39.7 points a game to just three points and 328 yards.
Notes: Jordan Kunaszyk is the fourth California player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first defensive honoree (WR DeSean Jackson, 9/30/07; RB Shane Vereen, 11/22/09 and QB Jared Goff, 9/28/14).
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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