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 10.
About the Award: This is the 17th 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
NAJEE HARRIS, ALABAMA
Senior, Running Back, Antoich, CA/Antioch
Najee Harris rushed for a career-high 206 yards and five touchdowns as second-ranked Alabama defeated SEC-rival Ole Miss, 63-48. Harris scored on runs of 5, 33, 3, 16 and 39 yards as the Crimson Tide improved to 3-0.
Notes: Najee Harris is the 16th Alabama player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of the Week honors, and the first since teammate Davonta Smith on Sept. 29, 2019.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN RICE, ARKANSAS STATE
Senior, Linebacker, Modesto, CA/Modesto
Justin Rice totaled 12 tackles, including four for losses, and three quarterback sacks as Arkansas State defeated Central Arkansas, 50-27. With the win, Arkansas State improved to 2-2.
Notes: Justin Rice is the first Arkansas State player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of the Week honors, and the second from the Sun Belt this season (Louisiana LB Ferrod Gardner, Sept. 13).
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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