University of Pittsburgh junior running back Ray Graham has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Panthers' 44-17 victory over USF this past Thursday.
Graham (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries (8.7 avg.) against previously unbeaten USF. He added four receptions for 42 yards.The Walter Camp National Players of the Week are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Graham has established himself as one of the most exciting – and prolific – offensive players in the country. In only five games he has rushed for 734 yards and eight touchdowns on 126 carries (5.8 avg.). His average of 146.80 rushing yards per game leads the Big East and ranks third nationally.
Graham's 734 rushing yards are the most by a Pitt player after five games in school history, surpassing the legendary Tony Dorsett's 717 yards in 1973. Dorsett had 665 rushing yards after five games in 1976, the year he won the Heisman Trophy and led Pitt to the national title with a 12-0 record.