Walter Camp Players of Week
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending August 31. Games played on September 1 and 2 will be considered for next week’s awards.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Defensive PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Travis Etienne rushed for 205 yards (on just 12 carries) and scored three touchdowns as top-ranked Clemson defeated ACC-rival Georgia Tech, 52-14, in its 2019 season opener. Etienne scored on runs of 90, 14 and 48 yards. His 90-yard scoring run tied a school record.
Notes: Travis Etienne is the eighth Clemson player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Tiger defensive end Austin Bryant (Sept. 10, 2017).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kenny Willekes there were any concerns about whether Kenny Willekes could be the same kind of destructive force along Michigan State’s defensive line after recovering from a broken leg, he put them to rest in Friday night’s opener.
The redshirt senior defensive end recovered a pair of fumbles including one in the enzone, in addition to leading the Spartans in tackles in a 28-7 win over Tulsa. Willekes’ seven tackles included 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss as the Spartans set a new program record by holding the Golden Hurricane to negative-73 rushing yards.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named Willekes the National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He’s the fifth Spartan player to receive the honor and first since former linebacker Jon Reschke did on Nov. 22, 2015.