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 1.
About the Award: This is the 13th 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
Junior, Quarterback, Gainsville, GA/Gainsville
Deshaun Watson passed for 306 yards and five touchdowns and added 91 rushing yards as 5th-ranked Clemson defeated 3rd-ranked Louisville, 42-36. Watson threw two scoring passes in the final seven minutes as the Tigers came-from-behind to improve to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Notes: It is the second time that Deshaun Watson has earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors (Nov. 1, 2015). Watson is the sixth Clemson honoree since 2004.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PSALM WOOCHING, WASHINGTON
Senior, Linebacker, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii/Kealakehe
Psalm Wooching had six tackles (5 solo) and three quarterback sacks as 10th-ranked Washington defeated 7th-ranked Stanford, 44-6. Wooching led a Husky defense that allowed just 213 yards of total offense. With the win, Washington improved to 5-0, 2-0 in the Pac-12.
Notes: Psalm Wooching is the third Washington player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Husky linebackers Donald Butler (Sept. 20, 2009) and Shaq Thompson (Sept. 14, 2014).
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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