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 November 26.
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
DERRIUS GUICE, LSU
Sophomore, Running Back, Baton Rouge, LA/Catholic HS
Derrius Guice set a school record with 285 yards rushing (on 37 carries) and scored four touchdowns as LSU defeated Texas A&M, 54-39. Guice scored on runs of 45, 45, 6 and 1 yard in the victory, With the victory, which improved the Tigers’ record to 7-4, 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
Notes: Derrius Guice is the 8th LSU player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. The last player to earn Walter Camp honors was Guice’s teammate Leonard Fournette (Sept. 20, 2015).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRANDON BELL, PENN STATE
Senior, Linebacker, Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest HS
Brandon Bell recorded a game-high 18 tackles (3 solo), including 0.5 for losses and one pass deflection, as 7th-ranked Penn State defeated Michigan State, 45-12, to clinch the Big Ten East Division title. With the victory, Penn State improved to 10-2 and earned a spot in next week’s Big Ten Championship Game versus Wisconsin.
Notes: Brandon Bell is the 8th Penn State player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. All eight honorees have been Defensive Player of the Week. Bell is the first Nittany Lion to be honored since Sept. 30, 2012 (LB Mike Mauti).
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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