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 26.
About the Award: This is the 16th 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
CJ VERDELL, OREGON
Redshirt Sophomore, Running Back, Chula Vista, CA/Mater Dei HS
CJ Verdell rushed for 257 yards (on 23 attempts) and three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Oregon (7-1) defeated Washington State, 37-35. Verdell’s rushing total was the fourth-most in UO history and he scored on a career-long 89-yard run.
Notes: CJ Verdell is the ninth Oregon player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (Sept. 7, 2014).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHASE YOUNG, OHIO STATE
Junior, Defensive End, Hyattsville, MD/DeMatha Catholic HS
Chase Young had six tackles and set a school record with four quarterback sacks as third-ranked Ohio State (8-0) defeated 13th-ranked Wisconsin, 38-7. Young tied a school record with five tackles for loss and he also forced two fumbles.
Notes: Chase Young is the 11th Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since defensive back Marshon Lattimore (Sept. 11, 2016).
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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