NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Linebacker Desmond Bozeman was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as presented by Generation UCAN.
Bozeman, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had the key play in the Western Michigan's 30-24 win over Connecticut. On first-and-15 in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos leading 24-17, Bozeman stripped the Huskies quarterback of the ball, scooped it and ran untouched 53 yards to the end zone.
Bozeman had a career high 12 tackles with career bests in sacks (2.0) and tackles for loss (2.0). The fumble recovery was the first defensive score of the year for WMU and first career score for Bozeman. It was the first fumble recovery for a TD for the Broncos since Sept. 19, 2009 when Jamail Berry ran 24 yards for the score on the first play from scrimmage for opponent Miami.
Western Michigan's win over Connecticut is the second in as many seasons and gives the Broncos two-game win streak over the Huskies and Iowa in program history.
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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 (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 Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s website, www.ncfaa.org.