Aug 30, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia’s Todd Gurley, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks earn player of week nods

The Walter Camp Football Foundation named its Football Bowl Subdivision players of the week for Week 1, honoring Georgia running back Todd Gurley and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Gurley was named the foundation’s Offensive Player of the Week after the junior set a school record with 293 all-purpose yards in the Bulldogs’ 45-21 rout of Clemson on Saturday.

The junior from Tarboro, N.C., ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score.

Gurley is considered one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy this season after rushing for 1,007 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 10 games as a sophomore in 2013.

He also had six receiving touchdowns last season, catching 37 passes for 441 yards. The kickoff return, however, was his first since his freshman season in 2012, when he ran back seven kickoffs for 243 yards and a 100-yard touchdown against Buffalo.

Aug 30, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kendricks, a fifth-year senior from Fresno, Calif., had 16 tackles and forced a fumble in UCLA’s 28-20 win at Virginia Saturday. He also returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown—one of three defensive scores for the Bruins in the game.

Kendricks is in his third season as a full-time starter. In 11 games last season, he had 106 tackles and two sacks with an interception and a forced fumble.

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