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 19.
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
SHANE BUECHELE, SMU
Junior GT, Quarterback, Arlington, TX/Lamar HS
Shane Buechele set career highs in touchdowns (6) and passing yardage (457) as 19th-ranked SMU recorded a 45-21 victory over Temple. Buechele completed 30-of-53 passes as the Mustangs improved to 7-0, 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
Notes: Shane Buechele is the fourth SMU player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second this season, joining teammate and WR James Proche (Oct. 6).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAKE HANSEN, ILLINOIS
Junior, Linebacker, Tarpon Springs, FL/East Lake HS
Jake Hansen recorded 11 tackles (6 solo), one quarterback sack and forced two fumbles as Illinois defeated sixth-ranked Wisconsin, 24-23. With the victory, Illinois improved to 3-4, 1-3 in the Big Ten.
Notes: Jake Hansen is the second Illinois player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since running back Mikel LeShoure (Nov. 21, 2010)x.
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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