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 20.
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
D.J. KNOX, PURDUE
5th Year, Running Back, Fairburn, GA/Creekside
D.J. Knox rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns as Purdue took down second-ranked Ohio State, 49-20. Knox scored on runs of 1, 42 and 40 yards as the Boilermakers’ recorded their biggest upset since 1984. With the victory, Purdue improved to 4-3, 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
Notes: D.J. Knox is the fifth Boilermaker to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since defensive tackle Kawann Short (Nov. 13, 2011).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN ROBINSON, HOUSTON
Senior, Linebacker, Pearland, TX/Episcopal
Austin Robinson recorded a career-high 21 tackles (11 solo), including 4.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks, as Houston defeated Navy, 49-36. With the victory, the Cougars improved to 6-1, 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
Notes: Austin Robinson is the eighth Houston player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Steven Taylor (Nov. 20, 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