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 24.
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
MITCH TRUBISKY, NORTH CAROLINA
Junior, Quarterback, Mentor, OH/Mentor
Mitch Trubisky passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner with two seconds left in the game, to lead North Carolina to a 37-36 victory over Pittsburgh. Trubisky completed 35-of-46 passes as the Tar Heels improved to 3-1, 1-0 in the ACC.
Notes: Mitch Trubisky is the third North Carolina player, and the first offensive honoree, to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. The last Tar Heels honored were defensive end Kareem Martin (Nov. 17, 2013) and defensive back Kendric Burney (Nov. 15, 2009).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
T.J. WATT, WISCONSIN
Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Pewaukee, WI/Pewaukee
T.J. Watt had six tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 2.5 quarterback sacks as 11th-ranked Wisconsin defeated 8th-ranked Michigan State, 30-6.
Notes: T.J. Watt is the fourth Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first defensive honoree since former defensive back Scott Starks (Oct. 17, 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