With the full slate of Week 2 games already in the books, the Walter Camp Foundation has announced its national players of the week.
On the strength of an outstanding performance in an almost must-win game against South Carolina, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has been named the Camp Offensive Player of the Week. The senior threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns in the critical SEC East showdown, with the last scoring toss coming on an 85-yard pass and catch that extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 11 points. While Murray had just 17 completions (in 23 attempts), he managed to spread the ball out to eight different receivers.
Murray is the second consecutive player from an SEC school to be named Camp Offensive Player of the Week.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Shilique Calhoun claimed Camp honors for his performance in the Spartans’ win over USF. The lineman scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a four-yard fumble return and another on a 56-yard interception return. It was Calhoun’s first career interception.
Calhoun also added two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.
Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2013 Camp honorees:
WEEK 1: Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, Virginia safety Anthony Harris
WEEK 2: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.