University of Miami weak-side linebacker Michael Pinckney is definitely old-school Miami Hurricane.
And on Saturday, he played like one of those old-school UM defensive stars who dominated back in the day — and are mostly dominating again.
Pinckney, who left the Georgia Tech game the week before with a chest injury and practiced this past week with a green, no-contact jersey, was lights-out impressive Saturday in No. 8 UM’s 27-19 win over Syracuse.
Because of his fine performance, he was named on Sunday one of two Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week. The offensive Player of the Week: Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.
It is only the second time a Hurricane has received this honor (see below).
“All the games were tight,’’ Pinckney said of UM’s 6-0 start in his post-game interview. “We finished as a unit, as a team. We kept our heads out. We were down in situations — Florida State game. We just try to come every week and prepare, like it’s the biggest game of our live, because everybody is doubting us right now.
“And we’ve got a chip on our shoulder. We want to come out and prove that we’re one of the best in America.”
Why does he think everybody is doubting the Canes?
“I mean, you know, you want to keep something great down,” Pinckney said. “A school like this, they don’t want to see us back on top. That would be bad for college football. I feel like we can take over. We’ve just got to keep pushing and keep fighting — can’t get complacent.”
Pinckney also threw love to the Canes fans.
“You seen our fans, man,’’ he said with a smile. “Our fans, really, they keep us in the game, man.”
HERE IS THE NEWS RELEASE SENT OUT BY THE WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL FOUNDATION:
New Haven, CT – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending October 21.
About the Award: This is the 14th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL PINCKNEY, MIAMI
Sophomore, Linebacker, Jacksonville, FL/Raines
Linebacker Michael Pinckney recorded nine tackles (6 solo), including 3.5 for losses and 2.5 quarterback sacks as eighth-ranked Miami defeated Syracuse, 27-19. With the win, the Hurricanes improved to 6-0, 4-0 in the ACC.
Notes: Michael Pinckney is the second Miami player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Hurricane quarterback Brock Berlin (Oct. 23, 2004).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TRACE McSORLEY, PENN STATE
Senior, Quarterback, Ashburn, VA/Briar Woods
Quarterback Trace McSorley was responsible for four touchdowns, rushing for a career-high three scores, in addition to his fourth-quarter scoring pass as 2nd-ranked Penn State defeated 19th-ranked Michigan, 42-13. McSorley finished with 358 yards of total offense, as he connected on 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries.
Notes: Trace McSorley is the ninth Penn State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, but the first offensive honoree.
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,@WalterCampFF) – 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