Ohio CB Dion Byrum Earns National Weekly Honor
Walter Camp Football Foundation Names National 1-A Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 11, 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 September 10.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DION BYRUM, OHIO UNIVERSITY
Senior, Defensive Back, Matthews, NC/Monroe
Defensive back Dion Byrum returned two interceptions for touchdowns (38 and 85 yards) to lead Ohio University to a 16-10 upset victory over Pittsburgh. Byrum's second interception (85 yards) was the game-winner in the first overtime period. Byrum added three tackles, one pass breakup, and also returned five punts for 55 yards for the Bobcats, who recorded their first win for first-year head coach Frank Solich.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
VINCE YOUNG, TEXAS
Junior, Quarterback, Houston, TX/Madison
In the much-anticipated first-ever match-up of college football heavyweights quarterback Vince Young totaled 346 yards of total offense to lead second-ranked Texas to a come-from-behind 25-22 victory over fourth-ranked Ohio State. Young's 24-yard touchdown pass capped a 72-yard scoring drive with 2:37 left in the game to give Texas the lead for good. Young the finished the contest 18-of-29 for 270 passing yards and two touchdowns, while adding 76 rushing yards.
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 www.waltercamp.org.