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 (www.generationucan.com/waltercamp), for games ending September 6.
About the Award: This is the 11th 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
MARCUS MARIOTA, OREGON
Redshirt Junior, Quarterback, Honolulu, Hawaii/St. Louis HS
Marcus Mariota passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns as the third-ranked Ducks (2-0) defeated seventh-ranked Michigan State, 46-27. Mariota completed 17-of-28 passes; had scoring tosses of 70, 24 and 37 yards, and added 42 rushing yards. Mariota also became Oregon’s career total offense leader (8,479 yards).
Notes: Marcus Mariota is the eighth Oregon player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since November 4, 2012 (running back Kenjon Barner).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEON CLARKE, VIRGINIA TECH
Junior, Linebacker, Richmond, VA/L.C. Bird
Deon Clarke recorded 10 tackles (5 solo), including two for losses, and one quarterback sack as Virginia Tech upset eighth-ranked Ohio State, 35-21, on the road. Clarke also broke up one pass as the Hokies improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Notes: Deon Clarke is the third Hokie to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining the entire Tech defense (Sept. 25, 2005) and former defensive back Jayron Hosley (Oct. 3, 2010).
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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