Though the AP and Coaches Polls are waiting until Monday to release their rankings for the week, the Walter Camp National Player of the Week Awards have not taken up the same protocol. On Sunday, it was announced that Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick have been named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Knight helped the No. 8 Aggies to a double-overtime win over No. 9 Tennessee with a game-winning one-yard rush for a touchdown in the second overtime. In addition to the winning score, the senior threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns – though he did have two interceptions – and ran for 110 yards and two other touchdowns. The win kept Texas A&M undefeated and left the Volunteers with their first loss of the season.
On the season, Knight has thrown for 1,500 yards, which puts him on pace to easily exceed his previous career high of 2300 yards. He has thrown and rushed for nine touchdowns each, accounting for 18 in total.
On the defensive side, an Alabama sophomore defensive back in Fitzpatrick had five tackles and a career-high three interceptions, including a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The three interceptions are his only three of the season as well. With the win, Alabama remained undefeated and will likely retain the No. 1 spot when the polls are released Monday. Their opponent, Arkansas, fell to 4-2 and 0-2 in SEC play. After a strong start to the season, they will likely continue to fall in the polls.
As a freshman, Fitzpatrick had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. In Saturday’s game alone, he exceeded last year’s interception total and matched his touchdown total.