New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has honored Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow (Jacksonville, Fla.) as the Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 15.
Tebow and the fifth-ranked Gators rolled to a 59-20 victory over 22nd-ranked Tennessee on Saturday in Gainesville. Tebow accounted for
360 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as he completed 14-of-19 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns (30 and 20 yards) and rushed for
61 yards on two more scores (seven and five yards). With the win, the 2007 Gator squad became the first in school history to open the season by posting 45-or-more points in each of its first three games. In addition, Tebow increased his rushing touchdown total to five, which leads all quarterbacks nationally this season.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor 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.
Florida Atlantic defensive back Tavious Polo was named the defensive player of the week for his effort in the 42-39 victory over Minnesota.
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.
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