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 September 9.
RASHAAD PENNY, SAN DIEGO STATE
Senior, Running Back/Kick Returner, Norwalk, CA/Norwalk
Rashaad Penny scored three touchdowns (a 95-yard run, a 33-yard scoring reception, and 99-yard kickoff return) as San Diego State defeated Arizona State, 30-20. Penny, who rushed for a career-best 216 yards, accounted for 353 all-purpose yards. The victory gave SDSU its first win against a Pac-12 team since 1975.
Notes: Rashaad Penny is the second San Diego State player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Aztec linebacker Calvin Munson (Sept. 6, 2015).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BRYANT, CLEMSON
Junior, Defensive End, Pavo, GA/Thomas County Central
Austin Bryant recorded four quarterback sacks as #3 Clemson defeated #13 Auburn, 14-6. Bryant (7 tackles, 1 quarterback hurry) led a Clemson defensive unit that held Auburn to just 117 total offensive yards, including 15 in the second half.
Notes: Austin Bryant is the seventh Clemson player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second defensive honoree (DE Kortnei Brown, Oct. 23, 2011).
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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.
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