By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Quarterback Jalon Daniels of Kansas and Ayden White of North Carolina were named this weeks Walter Camp National Players of the Week.
Daniels a former Lawndale High standout accounted for 281 yards (158 passing, 123 rushing) and five touchdowns as Kansas defeated Houston, 48-30. Daniels completed 14-of-23 passes and three touchdowns, while rushing for two more scores as the Jayhawks improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009. Kansas, which overcame a 14-point first-half deficit in the victory, has won back-to-back road games for the first time since 2007.
The junior becomes the first Kansas player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors.
The Rock Chalk Podcast stated that “No way I would have thought a Kansas player would get any national recognition. Jalon Daniels has been phenomenal at this level of efficiency he deserves the recognition.
While at Lawndale high as a junior, he competed 136-of-237 passes for 2,351 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also rushing for 940 yards and 10 touchdowns on 96 attempts helping the Cardinals to a 14-2 record in 2018.
Dennis Dodd has him third in the Heisman race behind Celeb Williams USC and Stetson Bennet of Georgia.
On the defensive side White recorded five tackles (3 solo), including one for loss, one quarterback sack and intercepted two passes as 16th-ranked North Carolina State defeated Texas Tech, 27-14.
The sophomore cornerback returned one of his interceptions 84 yards for a touchdown as the Wolfpack improved to 3-0 with the victory.
The Ashville, North Carolina (Christ School) native is the sixth North Carolina State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since quarterback Devin Leary (Sept. 26, 2021). White is the first Defensive POW honoree since former linebacker Nate Irving (Sept. 26, 2010).