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 18.
About the Award: This is the 11th 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
CODY KESSLER, USC
RS Junior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, CA/Centennial
Cody Kessler completed 17-of-24 passes for 318 yards and set a USC single-game record with seven touchdown passes as the Trojans defeated Colorado, 56-38. Kessler threw for 159 yards and four touchdown passes in the first quarter as USC raced to a 28-0 lead. With the win, USC improved to 5-2, 4-1 in the Pac-12.
Notes: Cody Kessler is the fifth USC player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004; and the first to be honored since linebacker Malcolm Smith (Nov. 29, 2009).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SHAQ RIDDICK, WEST VIRGINIA
RS Senior, Defensive Line, Akron, OH/Buchtel
Shaq Riddick had a big defensive game as the Mountaineers defeated 4th-ranked Baylor, 41-27. Riddick recorded five tackles (4 solo), including four for losses and three quarterback sacks as West Virginia improved to 5-2, 3-1 in the Big 12.
Notes: Shaq Riddick is the sixth West Virginia player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second this season (QB Clint Trickett, Sept. 14).
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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