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 1.
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
BRIAN HILL, WYOMING
Freshman, Running Back, Belleville, IL/Belleville West
Freshman Brian Hill set a school and Mountain West Conference record with 387 all-purpose yards as Wyoming defeated Fresno State, 45-17. Bell rushed for 281 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 66 yards) and added three receptions for 106 yards. With the win, Wyoming improved to 4-5, 2-3 in the MWC.
Notes: Brian Hill is the first Wyoming player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors (since 2004). Hill is the second Mountain West player this season (Air Force DB Weston Steelhammer, Sept. 28) to be recognized.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PRAISE MARTIN-OGUIKE, TEMPLE
Redshirt Junior, Defensive Line, Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge
Praise Martin-Oguike recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles as Temple defeated 21st-ranked East Carolina, 20-10. Martin-Oguike also had one blocked a punt during the win, the Owls’ first over a ranked opponent since 1987. With the win, Temple improved to 5-3, 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference.
Notes: Praise Martin-Oguike is the second Temple player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Owl defensive end Adrian Robinson (Sept. 19, 2010).
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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