Walter Camp Football Foundation Names National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week

Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Missouri’s Aldon Smith earn first weekly honor for 2010

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its first 2010 Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending September 4.

Please note: Outstanding performances during games played on Sunday (Sept. 5) or Monday (Sept. 6) will be considered for next week’s award.

About the Award: This is the seventh year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl 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

DENARD ROBINSON, MICHIGAN

Sophomore, Quarterback, Deerfield Beach, FL/Deerfield Beach

In his first game as a starter, sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 383 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan defeated Connecticut, 30-10, before a crowd of 113,090 in Ann Arbor. Robinson rushed for 197 yards — a school record for a quarterback — and one touchdown (32 yards) to go along with 186 yards passing (19-of-22) and an 11-yard scoring toss.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ALDON SMITH, MISSOURI

RS Sophomore, Defensive End, Raytown, MO/Raytown

Missouri redshirt sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including three for losses, as the Tigers opened the 2010 season with a come-from-behind 23-13 victory over Illinois. Smith had two sacks and one quarterback hurry as the Missouri held Illinois scoreless in the second half.

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 – 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.

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