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 31.
About the Award: This is the 12th 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
DESHAUN WATSON, CLEMSON
Sophomore, Quarterback, Gainesville, GA/Gainesville
Deshaun Watson accounted for six touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing) and 437 yards of total offense as third-ranked Clemson defeated North Carolina State, 56-41. Watson completed 23-of-30 passes for 383 yards, while adding 54 rushing yards as the Tigers improved to 8-0, 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Notes: Deshaun Watson is the fifth Clemson player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Tiger QB Tajh Boyd on November 18, 2012.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN HARRIS, IOWA STATE
Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Clarksdale, MS/Clarksdale
Jordan Harris recorded seven tackles and one interception as Iowa State blanked Big-12 rival Texas, 24-0. The Cyclones’ defense held the Longhorns to just 204 yards of total offense in the contest.
Notes: Jordan Harris is the third Iowa State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Cyclones WR Todd Blythe (Oct. 30, 2005) and LB Jesse Smith (Oct. 25, 2009).
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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