Sept. 19, 2004
New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Division 1-A National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending September 18.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKTOM ZBIKOWSKISophomore, Defensive Back, Notre Dame
Zbikowski had a stellar day in the Fighting Irish’s 31-24 victory over Michigan State, recording a team-high nine tackles (6 solo). The native of Arlington Heights, Ill. also forced two fumbles and recorded one interception in the victory. One of Zbikowski’s forced fumbles was a strip of a MSU ballcarrier that resulted in a fumble recovery and 75-yard touchdown. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 2-1.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKMAURICE DREWSophomore, Running Back, UCLA
Drew rushed for a UCLA single-game record 322 yards (on 26 carries) and added a school and PAC 10-record five rushing touchdowns (runs of 47, 62, 58, 15, and 37 yards) in the Bruins’ come-from-behind 31-24 victory over Washington. A native of Antioch, Calif., Drew rushed for 235 yards in the first half as the Bruins (2-1) rallied from a 24-7 first quarter deficit. Drew’s 322 yards surpassed the UCLA record of 301, held by DeShaun Foster.
Walter Camp, “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, 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. For more information on the Walter Camp Football Foundation, go to www.waltercamp.org.