New Haven, CT – 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 19.
About the Award: This is the 12th 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
LEONARD FOURNETTE, LSU
Sophomore, Running Back, New Orleans, LA/Saint Augustine
Leoard Fournette rushed for a career-best 228 yards (on just 19 carries) and three touchdowns as 13th-ranked LSU defeated 18th-ranked Auburn, 45-21. Fournette scored on touchdown runs of 40, 29 and 1 yards as the Tigers improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the SEC.
Notes: Leonard Fournette is the seventh LSU player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, but the first offensive honoree.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY WALKER, NORTHWESTERN
Sophomore, Linebacker, Miami, FL/Monsignor Edward Pace
Sophomore linebacker Anthony Walker recorded a career-best 19 tackles, including 14 in the first half, and 1.5 tackles for loss as 23rd-ranked Northwestern (3-0) defeated Duke, 19-10. Walker’s play on defensive was instrumental as the Wildcats held the Blue Devils to 10 points, 36 under its season average entering the game.
Notes: Anthony Walker is the sixth Northwestern player (since 2004) to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, and the second defensive player (former Wildcat LB Tim McGarigle was two-time winner, Oct. 31, 2004 and Oct. 9, 2005).
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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