By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After a wild weekend of college football two former California players were named National Walter Camp Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week.
The Offensive player of the week goes to Najee Harris of Alabama who ran for 206 yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns to lead the Crimson Tide to a 63-48 win over Ole Miss. He had a career high 5 TD’s which included runs of 33, 5, 3, 16 and 39 yards.
The 6-2, 230-pound Harris also caught 3 passes for 42 yards while all three resulted in first downs. He has 10 rushing touchdowns through three games this season, the most in the SEC.
The former Antioch, CA player is the 16th player from Alabama to win the award and the first since DeVonta Smith Sept 2019.
Harris as also named Cal Hi Sports Mr. Football Player of the Year in 2015.
On the Defensive side it was Justin Rice LB from Arkansas State who had a big day with career a high 12 tackles 4 of them for loss to go with 3 sacks. In a 50-27 win over Central Arkansas.
The Modesto, CA native has 2.5 tackles for loss in his last three games and leads the nation in TFL with 9.5.
He is the first player from Arkansas State now(2-2) to win the Award and the second from the Sun Belt Conference (Louisiana’s Ferrod Gardner Sept 19th).
Walter Camp is known as the Father of American football his first All-American team was started in 1889. This is the 17th year that players from the FBS are honored during the regular season.