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 1. Games played on September 2 and 3 will be considered for next week’s awards.
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
WILL GRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Redshirt Senior, Quarterback, Charlotte, NC/Davidson Day School
Will Grier led West Virginia to a 40-14 win over SEC opponent Tennessee in their first-ever meeting, completing 73.5 percent of his passes (25-of-34) for a career-high 429 yards and tied his career best with five touchdown passes. Grier completed passes to 11 different Mountaineer receivers.
Notes: Will Grier is the seventh West Virginia player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004 and the sixth Mountaineer offensive honoree – and the first since quarterback Clint Trickett, Sept. 14, 2014.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KHALID KAREEM, NOTRE DAME
Junior, Defensive End, Detroit, MI/Harrison
Khalid Kareem recorded nine tackles (7 solo), including 2.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 12th-ranked Notre Dame defeated 14th-ranked Michigan, 24-17. Kareem added one quarterback hurry to lead a Fighting Irish defensive unit.
Notes: Khalid Kareem is the seventh Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the fifth defensive honoree .
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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