Gibson, Rousseau-Walter Camp Award Winners

 Antonio Gipson had a record setting night for Memphis with 386 all-purpose yards in a 54-48 win over SMU. (Courtesy Photo)
Antonio Gipson had a record setting night for Memphis with 386 all-purpose yards in a 54-48 win over SMU. (Courtesy Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has honored one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week. This weeks winners Antonio Gibson of  the Memphis Tigers and Greg Rousseau of the Miami Hurricanes.

Gibson set a school record with 386 all-purpose yards and scored touchdowns in three different ways (rushing, receiving, and kickoff return) as 24th-ranked Memphis defeated 15th-ranked SMU, 54-48.  Gibson rushed for 97 yards, including a 78-yard scoring run, and had 130 receiving yards, including a 50-yard scoring reception.After the 78 yard run “I told Coxie the play before like, ‘Man, I’m trying to break one loose,’” Gibson said. “I slowed down on the zone and made my reads and I was one-on-one. (Patrick Taylor) kept telling me to put the ball in my outside hand – I guess I had the ball in my right hand – he said put the ball in my outside hand so I can stiff arm.“I put the ball in my outside hand and I used the stiff arm and got out. So, shout out to (Taylor).”

 The Senior WR from Stockbridge, Georgia also added a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Gibson is the 2nd Tiger to receive the award since 2004, the other was QB Riley Ferguson (Sept. 17, 2017)

Rousseau a redshirt freshman from Coconut Creek Florida  had eight tackles, including five for losses, and four quarterback sacks as Miami (Fla.) defeated ACC-rival Florida State, 27-10.   Rousseau led a Hurricane defensive unit that held the Seminoles to just 31 rushing yards.  With the win, Miami improved to 5-4, 3-3 in the ACC.

About the Award: This is the 16th 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.