Virginia Tech Defense Honored
Walter Camp Football Foundation names national 1-A offensive and defensive players of the week
September 25, 2005

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 Sept. 24.


For the first time, an entire defensive unit has earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Virginia Tech defensive unit captures the award after another dominating performance this weekend in a 51-7 win over 15th-ranked Georgia Tech. One of the top-ranked defensive unit in the nation, Hokies allowed just 217 total yards, forced three turnovers - returning two interceptions for touchdowns - and registered two sacks in the victory over the Yellow Jackets. Through four games, fourth-ranked Virginia Tech has allowed just 23 points - an average of 5.8 per game.

Junior, Wide Receiver, Houston, TX/Fort Bend Hightower

Cory Rodgers totaled four touchdowns three different ways (receiving, rushing, and kickoff return) to lead TCU to a 51-50 overtime victory over Brigham Young. Rodgers, who caught nine passes for 137 yards and one touchdown (34 yards), had two rushing touchdowns (2 and 3 yards). His three-yard scoring run tied the score at 50 in the first overtime session before the extra-point sealed the victory. Rodgers also had a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter for Horned Frogs, who improved to 3-1, 2-0 in the Mountain West with the win.

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