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Walter Camp Football Foundation Names Ryans as Defensive Player of the Week


Sunday, October 23, 2005

Senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day to lead fifth-ranked Alabama to their seventh straight victory, a 6-3 win over 17th-ranked Tennessee.

Ryans totaled a team-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, recorded one interception on the game's final play to help preserve the win and one fumble recovery to lead the Crimson Tide (7-0, 5-0 in the SEC) to their best start since 1996.

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 - 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.  For more information on the Walter Camp Football Foundation, go to