By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Ty Davis-Price of LSU and Henry To’to To’o of Alabama earn this weeks Walter Camp Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week awards for the week ending October 17th. Both were involved in big games for their teams.
Davis-Price set the LSU single game rushing record with 287 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries in leading the Tigers to a 49-42 win over 20th ranked Florida in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The 6-2 230 ponder became the first player in LSU history to rush for more than 200 yards against the Gators.
His 287 rushing yards were the most ever against a Florida defense, breaking the previous mark of 238 set by Georgia’s Heisman Trophy winning running back Herschel Walker in 1980.
The junior from Southern Lab in Baton Rouge, had touchdown runs of 18, 40 and 25 yards as he averaged a staggering 8.0 yards per carry on 36 attempts. After which he stated, “I could really go out and play another game.” He also discussed how the team prepared for the Gators. “My game plan coming in was to break a lot of arm tackles and win as many one-on-one battles as I could.”
The Florida contest marked the second straight 100-yard game for Davis as last week against Kentucky, he rushed for a then-career best 147 yards and two TD’s against the Wildcats
Henry To’o To’o was big man on Defense for Alabama. The junior from Concord, Ca. (De LaSalle high) recorded a game-high 13 tackles (7 solo), including 1.5 for losses, as fifth-ranked Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 49-9. The Crimson Tide 6-1, (3-1SEC) allowed just 299 yards of total offense, including -1 rushing yard.
The transfer from Tennessee helped the Tide hold the Bulldogs to just 9 points.
This is the 18th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season.
Walter Camp is known as “The Father of American football”, first selected an All-America team in Camp 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a New Haven-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.