The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending September 16, presented by The Heights Group at Morgan Stanley.
About the Award: This is the 20th 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. It is the nation’s longest running Player of Week award.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior, Quarterback, Tampa, FL
Senior Michael Penix, Jr. threw for 473 yards and four touchdowns as 8th-ranked Washington (3-0) cruised to a 41-7 road victory at Michigan State. Penix, who completed 27-of-35 passes, led the Huskies to five first-half scoring drives and a 35-0 halftime lead. In all, Washington accumulated 713 yards of total offense in the contest.
Notes: Michael Penix, Jr. is the fifth Washington player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since former linebacker Azeem Victory (Oct. 29, 2016). Penix, Jr. is also the first Husky to earn Offensive Player of week honors.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior, Linebacker, Charlotte, NC
Senior linebacker Jacob Roberts recorded a game-high 13 tackles (4 solo), including 4.0 for losses, three quarterback sacks and forced one fumble as Wake Forest came-from-behind to defeat Old Dominion, 27-24. Roberts’ play led a Demon Deacon defense that recorded 10 sacks on the day, as they improved to 3-0.
Notes: It is the third time a Wake Forest player has earned Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004. Safety Nick Anderson (Oct. 25, 2020) earned Defensive honors, while former quarterback Sam Hartman was the Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24, 2021.
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). Founded in 1997, the NCFAA includes college football’s most prestigious awards and its 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients dating back to 1935. This season, 12 NCFAA awards will honor national players of the week each Tuesday. For more information about the NCFAA and its award programs, visit the redesigned NCFAA.org or follow on X at @NCFAA.
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