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 12.
About the Award: This is the 17th 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
SAM EHLINGER, TEXAS
Senior, Quarterback, Austin. TX/Westlake HS
Sam Ehlinger completed 25-of-33 passes for 428 yards and five touchdowns as Texas rolled to a 59-3 season-opening victory over UTEP. All five of Ehlinger’s touchdown passes came in the first half.
Notes: Sam Ehlinger is the ninth Longhorn to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004) and the first since he won the award on October 7, 2018.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FERROD GARDNER, LOUISIANA
RS Senior, Linebacker, Dayton, OH/Trotwood-Madison
Ferrod Gardner posted nine tackles and one quarterback sack as Louisiana defeated 23rd-ranked Iowa State, 31-14, in the season opener for both teams. It was the Ragin’ Cajuns first road win over top-25 opponent in school history.
Notes: Ferrod Gardner is the second Louisiana player to earn the recognition since 2004, joining former Ragin’ Canjun running back Tyrell Fenroy (Oct. 5, 2008).
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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