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 13.
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
NATE STANLEY, IOWA
Junior, Quarterback, Menomonie, WI/Menomonie
Nate Stanley passed for 320 yards (21-of-33) and six touchdowns as Iowa defeated Indiana, 42-16. Stanley’s six touchdown passes went to five different receivers, and were a career high. With the victory, Iowa improved to 5-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
Notes: Nate Stanley is the fifth Hawkeye to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since defensive back Josh Jackson (Nov. 15, 2017). Stanley is also Iowa’s offensive POW honoree.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JUAN THORNHILL, VIRGINIA
Senior, Strong Safety, Altavista, VA/Altavista
Juan Thornhill had six tackles and two interceptions as Virginia defeated 16th-ranked Miami (Fla.), 16-13. It was UVA’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2014. With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 4-2, 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Notes: Juan Thornhill is the fourth Virginia player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Micah Kiser (Sept. 17, 2017).
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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