New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its first 2011 Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 3. Please note: Outstanding performances during games played on Sunday (Sept. 4) or Monday (Sept. 5) will be considered for next week’s award.
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
ROBERT GRIFFIN, III, BAYLOR
Junior, Quarterback, Copperas Cove, TX/Copperas Cove
Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III passed for 327 yards (21-of-27) and a career-high five touchdowns as the Bears defeated 14th-ranked TCU, 50-48, on Friday. Griffin III added 38 yards rushing and had a 15-yard reception. It was Baylor’s first win over a ranked opponent since October 30, 2004.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRANDON HERRON – MICHIGAN
Senior, Linebacker, Stafford, TX/Dulles
Michigan senior linebacker Brandon Herron become the first player in school history to post two defensive scores as the Wolverines defeated Western Michigan, 34-10. Herron, who posted a career-best eight tackles, returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown and added a score on a 29-yard fumble recovery.
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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