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 27.
About the Award: This is the 15th 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
D’ERIQ KING, HOUSTON
Junior, Quarterback, Manvel, TX
D’Eriq King accounted for seven touchdowns (5 passing, 2 rushing) as Houston defeated previously unbeaten USF, 57-36. King passed for 419 yards (28-of-40) and rushed for 132 more as the Cougars improved to 7-1, 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference West Division.
Notes: D’Eriq King is the ninth Houston player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and joins teammate LB Austin Robinson, who was honored last week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOSH ALLEN, KENTUCKY
Senior, Linebacker, Montclair, NJ/Montclair
Josh Allen recorded 11 tackles (9 solo), two quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles, as 12th-ranked Kentucky defeated Missouri, 15-14. The Wildcats improved to 7-1, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference, and clinched its first winning league record since 1977.
Notes: Josh Allen is the first Kentucky player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004.
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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