By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a big weekend for NC State’s Devin Leary as his play helped him the earn National Walter Camp Offensive Player of The Week honors.
Leary led his team to an upset win over ACC conference power No.9 Clemson. The Redshirt sophomore from Sicklerville, New Jersey completed 32-of-44 passes for 238 yards with no interceptions. He tied his career-high with four touchdown passes (Pitt in 2020), and all four of the Pack’s scores came via Leary’s arm.
In the two overtime periods Leary completed 3-of-4 passes for 27 yards and two TD passes. He found Thayer Thomas from two yards out on third down to answer Clemson’s score in the first OT, and his 22-yard corner strike to Devin Carter in the second overtime proved to be the game-winner.
The Tigers (2-2) dropped out of the Top Ten for the first time in 92 weeks.
Leary is the fifth NC State player to earn the award since it started in 2004 and the first since linebacker Nate Irving did it in 2010.
Oregon safety Bennett Williams earned the honor on the defensive side of the ball.
Williams had eight tackles and snagged a pair of interceptions in No. 3 Oregon’s 41-19 win over Arizona on Saturday, returning his second interception 68 yards for a touchdown to help put the game away for the Ducks (3-0).
That was the longest pick-six by a Duck since 2017. (Tyree Robinson- 100 yards)
He’s had an interception in back to back games and now has six in his career.
Williams is the second Duck this season to earn Walter Camp National player of the week honors.
A native of Campbell, California Williams is the 10th player in program history to receive Walter Camp National Player of the week honors, and the third to earn the defensive award.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a New Haven, Connecticut based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. Founded in 1891 it is America’s oldest All-American team.