New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending October 30.
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
ROY HELU, JR., NEBRASKA
Senior, Running Back, Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley
Junior running back Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school record 307 yards and scored three long touchdowns as 14th-ranked Nebraska defeated 7th-ranked Missouri, 31-17. Helu, Jr. scored on runs of 66, 73 and 53 yards as the Huskers improved to 7-1, 3-1 in the Big 12. Helu's rushing total is the most by any FBS player this season. Helu, Jr. follows teammate Taylor Martinez, who was last week's Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SIO MOORE, CONNECTICUT
Redshirt Sophomore, Linebacker, Apex, NC/Apex
RS sophomore linebacker Sio Moore recorded 17 tackles (13 solo), included three for losses and forced and recovered two fumbles to lead Connecticut to a 16-13 overtime victory over Big East-rival West Virginia on Friday evening. Moore led a Huskies' defensive unit that held the Mountaineers to just three points over the final three quarters and overtime.
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.
Plans are already underway for the 44th annual Walter Camp Weekend, scheduled for January 13-15, 2011 in New Haven. The Walter Camp 2010 College Player of the Year recipient and its 121st All-America Team will be announced live on ESPN in early December.