Walter Camp Recognizes Stanley and Thornhill
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had a career day on Saturday in a dominating win over Indiana as he was 21-of-33 and threw for 320 yards and six touchdowns. Stanley’s six touchdown passes were a career-high for the junior signal-caller.
This performance earned him the honor of Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.
Stanley threw a touchdown to five different receivers against the Hoosiers.
Stanley has 13 touchdown passes over the last four games, which is the most in a four-game stretch since Chuck Long in 1985.
For the second straight game, four different Hawkeyes have caught at least one touchdown pass.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has noticed the difference in Stanley’s confidence.
“Any good player is going to work through any challenges he may have,” Ferentz said of Stanley. “He was in a slump a little bit, and all good players get in a slump. So it just looked like he was pressing too much, trying to be too perfect. I can’t give you the root cause of that, but that seemed to be what it was.”
On the Defensive side University of Virginia senior safety Juan Thornhill had six tackles and intercepted two passes to help lead the Cavaliers to a 16-13 win over #16 Miami. It was the first UVA win over a ranked opponent since it beat 21st ranked Louisville in 2014. Thornhill had 86 return yards with his interceptions. He is the fourth UVA player to earn Player of The Week since 2004 and the first since Micah Kisner since 2017.