NEW HAVEN, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 29.
About the Award: This is the ninth 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 WEEKGeno Smith
, WEST VIRGINIA
Senior, Quarterback, Miami, FL/Miramar HS
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith
earned the award for the second time this season (Marshall). Against Baylor yesterday, he passed for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in the ninth-ranked Mountaineers’ 70-63 victory over 25th-ranked Baylor. Smith completed 45-of-51 passes, had no interceptions, and tied a conference record with his eight scoring tosses. Six of Smith’s WVU receivers had 100 or more receiving yards in the game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE MAUTI, PENN STATE
Senior, Linebacker, Mandeville, LA/Mandeville
Penn State senior linebacker Mike Mauti had a big day as the Nittany Lions defeated Big Ten-rival Illinois, 35-7. Mauti registered six tackles, including a half quarterback sack, and recorded two interceptions as Penn State improved to 3-2, 1-0 in the Big Ten.
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