By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a sensational weekend of College Football as CJ Stroud of Ohio State and Henry To’o To’o of Alabama earned Walter Camps National Players Of The Week.
Stroud had a record setting day passing for 432 yards and six touchdowns all in the first half – as fourth-ranked Ohio State defeated 7th-ranked Michigan State, 56-7.
“A lot of things I could see before they happen,” said the freshman. We were prepared pretty good in practice this week.
The Rancho Cucamonga, California native completed 32-of-35 passes for 432 yards, while setting a school record with 17 consecutive pass completions. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 10-1, 8-0 in the Big Ten.
The game was a good prep for this weeks showdown with #6 Michigan (10-1, 7-1 BIG-10) with the winner will claim the Conference Eastern Division title.
Stroud becomes the 13th Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of week honors, and the first since former Buckeye defensive end Chase Young (Nov. 24, 2019).
On the defensive side it was Henry To’o To’o who recorded a game-high 13 tackles (8 solo), including three for losses, and two quarterback sacks as second-ranked Alabama defeated 21st-ranked Arkansas, 42-35. With the win, the Crimson Tide improved to 10-1, 8-1 in the SEC and earned a spot in the league’s title game on Dec. 4.
The Junior, Linebacker from Concord De LaSalle High
Has earned the award for the second time this season (Oct. 17) and the 19th Alabama honoree since 2004.
This is the 18th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive. To’o To’o was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Walter Camp, in known as “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited 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 (www.waltercamp.org, @WalterCampFF) – 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.