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 November 15.
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
MELVIN GORDON, WISCONSIN
Redshirt Junior, Running Back, Kenosha, WI/Bradford
Melvin Gordon rushed for a major college-record 408 yards (on 25 carries) and four touchdowns as the 22nd-ranked Badgers defeated 11th-ranked Nebraska, 59-24. Gordon eclipsed the previous mark of 406 yards, set by TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999. With the win, Wisconsin improved to 8-2, 5-1 in the Big Ten West.
Notes: Melvin Gordon is the third Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors (since 2004, joining former Badger DB Scott Starks (Oct. 7, 2004) and RB Brian Calhoun (Sept. 6, 2005).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MONTRES KITCHENS, TROY
Junior, Defensive Back, Waynesboro, GA/Burke County HS
Montres Kitchens intercepted three passes, including one he returned 28 yards for a touchdown, and made eight tackles as the Trojans defeated Idaho, 38-19. Kitchens’ three interceptions, which tied a school record, came on three straight possessions in the third quarter. With the win, Troy improved to 3-8, 3-4 in the Sun Belt.
Notes: Montres Kitchens is the first Troy player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, and the eighth from the Sun Belt Conference since 2004.
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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