Sept. 16, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior running back Stepfan Taylor has today been named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, after he led Stanford to victory Saturday night over then-No. 2 USC, 21-14.
Taylor recorded 213 all-purpose yards (153 rushing, 60 receiving) and two touchdowns in one of the most memorable performances in his career and school history. Twice the Cardinal trailed USC in the game, and each time Taylor answered with a game-changing play. His 59-yard touchdown run, making two defenders miss and then running away from the Trojans defense, put Stanford on the board in the first quarter. Taylor's 23-yard catch-and-run in the final seconds of the third quarter changed the momentum of the game, taking a screen pass and slipping through four tackles into the end zone.
Of his 27 carries Saturday night, Taylor had no rushes for a loss. His 153 rushing yards tied his second-highest career game (at Arizona - Sept. 17, 2011) and trailed only his 177 yards in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o has been selected the National Defensive 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.
The last Stanford player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors was running back Toby Gerhart on Nov. 9, 2009. 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. 9 in the newest AP Top 25 Poll and will next play at Washington on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Three regular season home games remain for the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium this season - Oct. 6 versus Arizona, Oct. 27 versus Washington State and Nov. 10 versus Oregon State - and tickets may be purchased online at GoStanford.com, at the Stanford Stadium ticket office or by calling 800-STANFORD. The Cardinal Collectible Mini Plan for all three games starts at $99 and includes an Andrew Luck bobblehead.