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 22.
About the Award: This is the 13th 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
JOE WILLIAMS, UTAH
Senior, Running Back, Allentown, PA/Emmaus
Joe Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards (on 29 carries) and scored four touchdowns as 19th-ranked Utah defeated UCLA, 52-45. Williams scored on runs of 64, 55, 43 and three yards as the Utes improved to 7-1, 4-1 in the Pac-12.
Notes: Joe Williams is the fourth Utah player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining Eric Weddle (DB, Sept. 24, 2006), Derrick Shelby (DE, Oct. 16, 2011) and Gionni Paul (LB, Nov. 8, 2015).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JARVIS PRUITT, SMU
Senior, Defensive End, Houston, TX/Stratford
Jarvis Pruitt had five tackles, including three quarterback sacks, and one fumble recovery as SMU defeated 11th-ranked Houston, 38-16. Pruitt led a Mustang defense that held the Cougars to a season-low 303 yards of total offense.
Notes: Jarvis Pruitt is the second SMU player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Mustang QB Garrett Gilbert (Oct. 27, 2013).
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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