The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by 777 Partners, for games ending November 5.
About the Award: This is the 19th 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
Senior, Quarterback, Waco, TX/Midway HS
Tanner Mordecai set a school record and tied a Football Bowl Subdivision record with nine touchdown passes as SMU outlasted Houston, 77-63. It was the highest scoring regulation game in FBS history. Mordecai had seven touchdown passes in the first half, and finished the game completing 28-of-37 for 379 yards. He also added 54 rushing yards and one touchdown. With the victory, SMU improved to 5-4.
Notes: Tanner Mordecai is the fifth SMU player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since the award started in 2004, and the first since former Mustang quarterback Shane Buechele (Oct. 20, 2019).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman, Cornerback, Phoenix, AZ/Brophy Prep
Freshman Benjamin Morrison recorded seven tackles (4 solo), intercepted two passes (one of which he returned 96 yards for a Fighting Irish touchdown) and broke up one pass as Notre Dame defeated fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Clemson, 35-14. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 6-3.
Notes: Benjamin Morrison is the 12th Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004), and the first since former Fighting Irish safety Kyle Hamilton (September 19, 2021).
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
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