By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
USC safety Talana Hufanga was in a historic group as he earned Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week. After having a monster game leading the 15th Trojans 5-0 to a 43-38 victory over crosstown rival UCLA. The win puts the team in the PAC-12 title game this week vs. Oregon at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The Junior from Corvallis. Or. lead the Trojans with 17 tackles 12 solo 2 for loss and a 26 yard interception return. He leads the PAC-12 with 4 interceptions and is 4th with 50 tackles.
“At the end of the day we just had to make things happen,” said the 6-1, 220-pound safety. “I think the energy from the sideline really helped us.” He is the sixth Trojan to earn the award since 2014 and the first since Cody Kessler on Nov. 2014.
He is joined by Co-Offensive winners Michael Carter and Javonte Williams both of North Carolina. Carter rushed for 308 yards on 24 carries and two TD. while teammate Williams ran for 236 yards on 23 carries and 3 scores thus combining for an NCAA record 544 yards rushing as the 17th ranked Tarheels defeated 10th Miami 62-26.
It’s the seventh time in NCAA history that teammates have rushed for 200 yards in the same game and the Tarheels had a record 778 yards total offense and lead the conference in rushing avering 249 ypg.
This is the 17th year that the Walter Camp Foundation has awarded one Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. 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.