By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Jared Patterson and Nate Landman were named National Players of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Patterson earn his honor while rushing for 409 yards on 36 carries and scoring on eight rushing touchdowns to lead the University of Buffalo Bulls to a 70-41 win over Kent State.
The junior running back from Glendale Maryland had four TD runs of 30 yards or more while averaging 11 yards per carry.
“I could call a game for 40 more years and I would never see a performance like that,” wrote head coach Lance Leipold twitter.
Patterson is fifth in the nation in rushing with 920 yards and he first averaging 230 yards per game on the ground while leading the Bulls to a 4-0 record.
“Welcome to the Eight Touchdown Club,” said Howard Griffith a former Illinois RB who also scored 8 TD’s in a game. Griffith now works for the BIG-10 Network.
This is the second time he has won the WC Player of week award. He also was honored in December 1 of 2019 after rushing for 298 yards and six TD’s against Bowling Green.
On the defensive side Landman who was excited about the honor had 11 tackles, nine of them solo as the Buffs defeated San Diego State 20-10. The senior linebacker from Danville, California also had three sacks helping the defense hold the Aztecs to a field goal.
“I thought our defense played outstanding,” said head coach Carl Dorrell. “Nate has been a great leader since he’s been here, he has been exactly what we’ve expected to be. He’s a great player, he’s been a great leader and he’s sets the tone for our defense. It was a great win for our defense.” (allowed just 155 yards of total offense) Landman was also named PAC-12 Defensive Player of The Week and a semifinalist for the 36th Butkus Award.
The Buffs are 3-0 and have had games postponed and canceled. Landman is the first Colorado player to win the award since Terrance Wheatley in 2007.
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 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.