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 29.
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
McKENZIE MILTON, UCF
Junior, Quarterback, Kapolei, Hawaii/Mililani
McKenzie Milton accounted for six touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing) as 13th-ranked UCF defeated Pittsburgh, 45-14. Milton passed for 328 yards (18-of-34) and four touchdowns, and rushed for 51 yards and two more scores as the Knights improved to 4-0.
Notes: It is the second time that McKenzie Milton has earned Walter Camp Player of the Week honors (Nov. 26, 2017) and the third UCF honoree (Terrance Plummer, LB, Oct. 12, 2014).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JERRY TILLERY, NOTRE DAME
Senior, Defensive Tackle, Shreveport, LA/Evangel Christian Academy
Jerry Tillery tied a school record with four quarterback sacks as 8th-ranked Notre Dame defeated 7th-ranked Stanford, 38-17. Tilley (6 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble) led a Fighting Irish defense that held the Cardinal to just 31 offensive yards and three points in the second half.
Notes: Jerry Tillery is the eighth Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second this season (Khalid Kareem, DE, Sept. 2).
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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