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 December 12.
About the Award: This is the 17th 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 CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL CARTER and JAVONTE WILLIAMS, NORTH CAROLINA
Michael Carter – Senior, Running Back, Navarre, FL/Navarre
Javonte Williams – Junior, Running Back, Wallace, NC/Wallace-Rose Hill HS
Michael Carter (24-308, 2 TD’s) and Javonte Williams (23-236, 3 TD’s) combined for a NCAA-record 544 rushing yards as 17th-ranked North Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Miami, 62-26. It was the seventh time in NCAA history that two teammates rushed for 200+ yards in a game. The Tar Heels improved to 8-3 with the victory.
Notes: Michael Carter and Javonte Williams are the fifth and sixth UNC players to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third this season joining teammate Sam Howell (Nov. 15).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TALANOA HUFANGA, USC
Junior, Safety, Corvallis, OR/Crescent Valley HS
Talanoa Hufanga registered 17 tackles (11 solo), including two for losses, forced one fumble and had one interception as 15th-ranked USC (5-0) defeated UCLA, 43-38. USC clinched the Pac-12 South Division title with the victory.
Notes: Talanoa Hufanga is the sixth USC player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award began in 2004, and the first since former QB Cody Kessler (Oct. 19, 2014).
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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