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 October 3rd.
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
Ezekiel Elliott, The Ohio State University
Junior, Running Back, St. Louis, MO/Burroughs
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a career-best 274 yards (on 23 carries) and three touchdowns as top-ranked Ohio State defeated Indiana, 34-27, in its Big 10 opener. Elliott’s 274 yards were the second-highest single-game total in school history. He scored on runs of 55, 65 and 75 in the contest.
Notes: Ezekiel Elliott is the ninth Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third offensive honoree (first since QB Kenny Guiton, Sept. 15, 2013).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Antonio Morrison, University of Florida
Senior, Linebacker, Bellwood, IL/Bolingbrook
Antonio Morrison recorded 13 tackles (6 solo), including 3.5 for losses, as 25th-ranked Florida defeated third-ranked Ole Miss, 38-10. With the win, the Gators improved to 5-0, 3-0 in SEC East.
Notes: Antonio Morrison is the seventh Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second defensive honoree (and first since DB Loucheiz Purifoy on Oct. 6, 2013).
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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