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Georgia’s Gurley, UCLA’s Kendricks earn Walter Camp POTW honors

Todd Gurley

The first weekend of the college football season is not quite in the books (two games on tap today and Louisville-Miami on Monday), but Georgia running back Todd Gurley and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks have been singled out for their individual performances by The Walter Camp Football Foundation. Each was named the foundation’s players of the week for week one.

Gurley was a monster in Georgia’s victory over Clemson in Athens. Gurley set a school record with 293 all-purpose yards with 198 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was certainly a performance worthy of early Heisman hype. The Georgia back played a key role in allowing Georgia to pull away from Clemson in a 24-0 second half of a 45-21 victory over Clemson. Gurley is the ninth Georgia football player in school history to be honored by The Walter Camp Football Foundation’s weekly award since 2004.

The defensive weekly honor went to UCLA’s Kendricks. The redshirt senior linebacker led the Bruins with 16 tackles and forced a fumble on the road against Virginia. It was a particularly strong defensive showing for UCLA with 21 points scored in the second quarter. In that mix was an interception returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Kendricks. Kendricks is the fifth UCLA player to win the defensive weekly award since 2004.

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1 Response to “Georgia’s Gurley, UCLA’s Kendricks earn Walter Camp POTW honors”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 31, 2014 2:48 PM

    Who played the toughest opponent in the game. It is hard to compare a defensive player to an offensive player when comparing just stats. Both need to have a decent supporting cast, but Gurley ran like a man possessed and also had a 100 yard kick off return, and except for one point in that run, it was his speed and determination that made those 6 points possible. he didn’t get a wedge to run through, he simply out ran the coverage team. Some of his runs though were made possible by the OL work of UGA. Once they settled down, they were lights out.
    The LB doesn’t normally get 2 picks in a game, unless the opposing QB in most cases just isn’t seeing the field and is a rookie like the QB was. The LB was in the right place at the right time.

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