New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 17.
About the Award: This is the eighth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Championship Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS RAINEY, FLORIDA
Senior, Running Back, Lakeland, FL/Lakeland
Florida senior running back Chris Rainey totaled 233 all-purpose yards and one touchdown as the 16th-ranked Gators defeated Tennessee, 33-23. Rainey, who also blocked a punt in the contest, rushed for 108 yards (on 21 carries) and caught two passes for 104 yards, including a 83-yard touchdown as the Gators improved to 3-0, 1-0 in the SEC.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORRIS CLAIBORNE, LSU
Junior, Cornerback, Shreveport, LA/Fair Park
LSU junior cornerback Morris Claiborne had two interceptions and broke up one pass as the third-ranked Tigers (3-0, 1-0 in SEC) defeated #25 Mississippi State, 19-6, on Thursday evening. Claiborne, who added one tackle, helped LSU’s defense hold the Bulldogs to just 193 yards of total offense.
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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) – 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