By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

Drake  Maye of NORTH CAROLINA and Harold  Perkins, JR., of  LSU were named Walter Camp National Offensive and Defensive players of the week.  

 Maye completed 31-of-49 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns as 15th ranked North Carolina defeated Wake Forest, 36-34. The Redshirt freshman, quarterback, completed passes to nine different receivers as the Tar Heels captured the ACC Coastal Division title and improved to 9-1. 

The Huntersville, NC. is also the seventh North Carolina player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since the award started in 2004, and the first since running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams shared the award on Dec. 13, 2020. 

 Perkins Jr., was a dominant force in 10th-ranked LSU’s 13-10 victory against Arkansas, recording eight tackles, four for loss, four quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass break up and a quarterback hurry. The redshirt freshman linebacker clinched the victory with a forced fumble with 1:13 to go.  With the win, LSU improved to 8-2 and clinched a berth in the 2022 SEC Championship Game. 

LSU Tigers linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. (40) gets ready for a play against the Ole Miss Rebels in the third quarter on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU defeated Ole Miss 45-20. (PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSON/Nola.com)

The Cypress, Texas native is the 12th LSU player to earn the Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since running back Tyrion Davis-Price (October 17, 2021). 

This is the 19th 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. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.