By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After a wild weekend of college football JK Costello of Mississippi State and Jahron McPhearson of Kansas State both played on teams that were underdogs and both came away winners and each earned the National Walter Camp Player of The Week honors.
Costello was the offensive winner as he connected on 36 of 60 passes for an SEC record of 623 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a 44-34 upset win over defending National Champions LSU on the road in Baton Rouge.
His 623 yards passing are the 11th highest total in FBS history. “He wasn’t perfect,” said MSU head coach Mike Leach. “But he kept swinging. I thought his composure in the game was outstanding.
The Senior from Santa Margarita played in his first game since transferring from Stanford joining Leach who is in his first year after coaching at Washington State. He is the third Bulldog to win the award and the first since LB Richie Brown in October 2014.
McPhearson was brilliant in the win against favored 3rd ranked Oklahoma. He had 11 tackles, one for a loss, a forced fumble in the Wildcats 38-35 come from behind win. His forced fumble helped lead the Wildcats to a score on their fifth straight possession.
If that wasn’t enough the senior from Basehor, Kansas had a game saving interception with 33 seconds remaining.
“I think preparation is the biggest key to success,” said McPhearson. “Coach Kleiman keeps preaching that to us everyday. Preparation leads to success. I feel like we prepared all week really hard. We were all locked in, we just prepared really well as you can see it leads to success.”
This is the 17th year the Walter Camp Foundation will honor a one offensive and one defensive player weekly during the season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administrated by the Foundation.