Nov. 18, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior inside linebacker Shayne Skov has today been named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, after he led Stanford to victory Saturday night over then-No. 1 Oregon, 17-14 (OT).
Skov recorded a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo) including a solo tackle for loss to spearhead an epic Stanford defensive performance against the nation's top offense. Oregon was the FBS leader with 54.80 points per game and had registered an NCAA-record 23 straight games of 30-plus points, including 13 in a row scoring 42-plus points. Skov stopped Oregon on a pivotal 4th & 2 at Stanford's seven-yard line in the first quarter, making a solo stop of Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota at the line of scrimmage and setting the tone for the evening
Skov and Stanford held Oregon to 14 points, shutting down both of the Ducks' fourth-down attempts and limiting just four of 17 third-down conversions.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd has been selected the National Offensive Player of the Week. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - who was Stanford's first football coach in 1892 - 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 (www.waltercamp.org) - 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.
Previously this season senior running back Stepfan Taylor earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors following Stanford's win over USC. Last year, quarterback Andrew Luck was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, and he joined offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin as Walter Camp All-Americans.
Stanford today has risen to No. 11 in the newest AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Polls and will close the regular season at UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET with a national broadcast on FOX.