By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
In one of the most exciting weeks of College football Michigan States Kenneth Walker III, and Felix Anudike-Uzomah were named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
Running back Kenneth Walker III earned the honors by rushing for 197 yards including a 58 yard run on 23 carries and 5 touchdowns which tied for second most in school history. There were the most ever in the history of the MSU Mich. Series. He had three separate runs of 20 yards or more.
The transfer from Wake Forest helped the help power the Spartans to a 37-33 win over Inner-State and previously unbeaten Rival Michigan.
He helped lead the team from a 16-point deficit by scoring three of his touchdowns in the third and fourth periods. The five-foot 10- 210 pounder went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season in the first quarter. He came into the game as the nation’s leading rusher averaging 142.4 ypg. And now he has with 1,194 to go with 10 TD’s on the season.
“The whole world was watching,” said head Coach Mel Tucker. And everyone wants to know if he is going to be considered for the Heisman. Ok in games like this you need to produce and he was able to do that.”
The Spartans (8-0, 5-0 BIG10) will be considered for the playoff spot or Rose Bowl.
On the defensive side Felix Anudike-Uzomah claimed Defensive Player of the Week by the WCFF. He totaled eight tackles and forced two fumbles in K-State’s 31-12 victory over TCU to tie the school record originally set by Chris Johnson at Missouri in 2000.
“The amount of work that he puts in, his effort, his toughness, it shows.” Said Reggie Subblefield, Senior defensive back. “I’m just so proud of him. What Felix did today, that was the first time I had ever witnessed something like that. That was remarkable. It just goes to show all the work he puts in, he works hard, he’s a humble kid, he’s not a bad dude. He deserves it.”
Two of his forces came on potential sacks, but since the ball was fumbled forward and beyond the original line of scrimmage, they were credited as rushes. If the ball had been recovered on TCU’s side of the line of scrimmage, those two would have been counted as sacks to give him six on the day, which would have tied an NCAA record and broken the Big-12 record.
He is also the fifth Wildcat to win the WCFF award and the first since Allen Chapman did with after three interceptions against Oklahoma State in 2012.