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 September 21.
About the Award: This is the 10th 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
TOM SAVAGE, PITTSBURGH
RS Senior, Quarterback, Springfield, PA/Cardinal O’Hara
Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes as the Panthers (2-1, 1-1 in the ACC) defeated Duke, 58-55. Savage completed 23-of-33 passes for 424 yards and did not throw an interception. Savage threw scoring tosses of 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards.
NOTE: Tom Savage is the fourth Pittsburgh player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Panthers QB Tyler Palko (Nov. 14, 2004), LB Scott McKillop (Oct. 5, 2008) and RB Ray Graham (Oct. 2, 2011).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
A.J. HENDY, MARYLAND
Junior, Safety, Bowie, MD/Bowie
A.J. Hendy recovered two fumbles and had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown as Maryland blanked West Virginia, 37-0. In all, the Terrapins forced six turnovers and allowed just 175 yards of total offense. With the victory, Maryland improved to 4-0, its best start since 2001.
NOTE: A.J. Hendy is the first Maryland player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors.
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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