Oct. 7, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – On the heels of one of the best defensive performances in school history, Notre Dame senior linebacker Maurice Crum Jr. (Riverview, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.
Crum was almost single handedly responsible for leading Notre Dame to its first win of the season Saturday night at UCLA. Against the Bruins, Crum recorded four turnovers, including one returned for a touchdown, in helping the Irish to the 20-6 victory. Crum forced and recovered two fumbles, returning one 34 yards for a touchdown, and also intercepted two passes which he returned for another 46 yards.
Crum became the first Notre Dame player to force two fumbles, recover two fumbles and intercept two passes in the same game and his four turnovers forced were a single-game school record. Crum added 7 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and two pass break-ups against the Bruins.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation is honoring one offensive and one defensive player as its national “Bowl Subdivision Player of the Week.” Selections are made each week during the regular season by a panel of national media members and publicized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
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