There may be a couple more games still to play in Week 1, but the Walter Camp Football Foundation has no time to waste in naming its weekly players of the week. The first recipients of the foundation’s offensive and defensive player of the week awards are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and Notre Dame defensive end Khalid Kareem, respectively.
Grier was instrumental in leading West Virginia to a 40-14 victory over Tennessee in a neutral site game in Charlotte. Grier passed for 429 yards and five touchdowns in the win, proving why many have labeled him as one of West Virginia’s top Heisman Trophy candidates in years, and most certainly since joining the Big 12. As noted by the Walter Camp Football Foundation press release, Grier spread the ball around to by completing at least one pass to 11 different Mountaineer receivers.
Notre Dame’s Kareem led a feisty defensive attack in a season-opening win against Michigan on Saturday night in South Bend. Kareem recorded seven tackles and two sacks against the Wolverines in a 24-17 victory. He was a key player in helping to ensure Notre Dame would not allow for Michigan’s offense to get off on the right foot with a new quarterback and new optimism for the 2018 season.