By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After one of the wildest weekends of the 2020 College football season, Sam Howell of North Carolina and Jerell White of Cincinnati came away as Walter Camp Offensive and Defensive Players of the week. It was a weekend when 14 games were postponed or cancelled around the country.
Howell won offensive honors as he led the Tarheels to a 59-53 win over Wake Forest in a good old fashion ACC shootout. The sophomore from Indian Trail, North Carolina completed 32 of 45 passes for 550 yards and 6 touchdowns both school records.
The 6-4- 225-pound QB led his team from a 21-point deficit and helped the Tarheels (6-2) score thirty-five straight second half points. as he rushing for 52yards.
“He always stays even keel in a positive way and I can’t say enough about his ability to run,” says UNC head coach Mack Brown. “There was a third and ten on our last drive that he made with his legs. And then the quarterback draw was a great call by coach (Phil) Longo but also Sam makes a couple of people miss and we couldn’t have done that last year.”
Jerell White had 7 tackles a QB sack and a QB hurry. He also had an interception return for a touchdown as Cincinnati rolled over East Carolina 55-17.
The senior linebacker helped the Bearcats (7-0, 5-0 AAC) win their 19th consecutive game.
The Cincinnati native is the team’s leading tackler with 65. Thirty-five of them solo. He joins Desmond Ryder (OCT. 25) as teammates who have earned National Player of The Week in the same season.
Walter Camp is known as the Father of American football. He first selected an All-American team in 1889. The Walter Camp Foundation is an all-volunteer organization based in New Haven, Connecticut. It was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideas of Camp and continue the tradition to select annual All-American team.
This is the 17th year that the Foundation has awarded one Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. Recipients are selected from a group of national media members and administrated by the Foundation.