Sept. 17, 2007
Florida Atlantic University cornerback Tavious Polo was recognized on a national level after being named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week for his efforts in the Owls' 42-39 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
The redshirt-freshman tied a school record with three interceptions against the Gophers, the third coming on a potential scoring drive by Minnesota with four seconds left in the game. Polo added seven tackles, five of which were solo; in the Owls first ever win against a team from a BCS conference.
The Walter Camp Player of the Week is selected by a panel of national media members and is publicized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. It is the fourth consecutive year that the foundation recognizes one offensive and one defensive player as its "National Bowl Subdivision Player of the Week." Florida QB Tim Tebow won the Walter Camp offensive player of the week, as he went 14 for 19 for 299 yards in the Gators 59-20 win over Tennessee. Along with winning the Walter Camp award, Polo was also named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
FAU quarterback Rusty Smith won the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week award for his role in the conference's first ever win over a Big Ten team. Smith threw for 463 yards and five touchdown passes on Saturday. Both marks set new school records.