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 8.
About the Award: This is the 15th 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
KYLER MURRAY, OKLAHOMA
Redshirt Junior, Quarterback, Allen, TX/Allen HS
Kyler Murray accounted for five touchdowns (3 passing and 2 rushing) as sixth-ranked Oklahoma defeated UCLA, 49-21. Murray completed 19-of-33 passes for 306 yards and rushed for 69 more yards as the Sooners improved to 2-0.
Notes: Kyler Murray is the seventh Oklahoma player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third quarterback to be honored (Sam Bradford, 9/9/07 and Baker Mayfield, 11/5/17).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MERLIN ROBERTSON, ARIZONA STATE
Freshman, Linebacker, Gardena, CA/Junipero Serro
A true freshman, linebacker Merlin Robertson recorded nine tackles (8 solo), 1.5 quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one pass break-up as Arizona State defeated 15th-ranked Michigan State, 16-13.
Notes: Merlin Robertson is the third Arizona State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Sun Devils Andrew Walter (QB, 11/7/04) and Jaelen Strong (WR, 10/5/14).
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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