Walter Camp Players of Week Have Big Games

 Isaiah Simmons has won the Walter Camp award for the second time this season. (Courtesy Photo)
Isaiah Simmons has won the Walter Camp award for the second time this season. (Courtesy Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Walter Camp Foundation in New Haven, Connecticut recently announced it’s National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

On the offensive side it’s Jaret Patterson of Buffalo who rushed for a school-record 298 yards (on 26 carries) and scored a Mid-American Conference record six touchdowns as Buffalo defeated Bowling Green, 49-7. 

The sophomore from Glendale, Maryland (St. Vincent Pallotti High) scored on runs of 81, 35, 30, 9, 1 and 1 yards as the Bulls improved to 7-5.  Patterson is the first Buffalo player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since the award began in 2004.

On the Defensive side Isaiah Simmons posted 10 tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and one quarterback sack as third-ranked Clemson defeated South Carolina, 38-3. The Jr. linebacker from Olathe, Kansas led a Clemson (12-0) defense that allowed just 172 yards of total offense in the contest.

It’s the second time this season (Sept. 15) Simmons earns Defensive Player of the Week and the third Clemson honoree this season.  Simmons is also the 10th Clemson player to earn the recognition since 2004.

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 (www.waltercamp.org, @WalterCampFF) – 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.  The Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. 

 Jaret Patterson (26) Was the first U of Buffalo player to win Walter Camp Player of the Week. (Courtesy Photo)
Jaret Patterson (26) Was the first U of Buffalo player to win Walter Camp Player of the Week. (Courtesy Photo)