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 October 26.
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
GARRETT GILBERT, SMU
Senior, Quarterback, Austin, TX/Lake Travis
Garrett Gilbert set a SMU single-game record with 538 passing yards as the Mustangs came-from-behind to defeat Temple, 59-49. Gilbert completed 37-of-53 passes and connected for four touchdowns. He also rushed for 97 yards and two additional touchdowns. SMU (3-4, 2-1 in American Athletic Conference) set a school record with 728 yards of total offense.
NOTE: Garrett Gilbert is the first SMU player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award was started in 2004.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KELBY BROWN, DUKE
Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Matthews, NC/Charlotte Christian
Linebacker Kelby Brown registered 14 tackles (4 solo), including one for a loss, and had a fourth-quarter interception as the blue Devils defeated #16 Virginia Tech, 13-10. The victory improved Duke’s record to 6-2, making its bowl eligible for the second straight season.
NOTE: Kelby Brown is the third Duke player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, joining former Blue Devils Michael Tauillili (LB, Sept. 21, 2008) and Thaddeus Lewis (QB, Oct. 11, 2009).
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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