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Nate Landman earns National Player of the Week honors

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A first for CU football in 13 years after a 20-10 win over San Diego State

NCAA Football: San Diego State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes LB Nate Landman was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation, per an announced on Sunday.

Landman led the Buffs with 11 total tackles, along with three sacks and was key in the Buffs defensive efforts by San Diego State to 155 yards of total offense. He helped to keep the Aztecs to just six offensive points, zero of which came in the second half.

According to CU athletics, Landman is the third player in the last ten years to have three sacks in a game, joining teammate Mustafa Johnson (2019 against Nebraska) and DT Leo Jackson (vs. Texas State in 2017).

He became the 17th player to record 300 career tackles in CU history earlier this year.

Landman is the second CU player to win the award, joining Terrence Wheatley, who did so on Oct. 28, 2007. Wheatley had three interceptions in the Buffs 31-26 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock that day.

The Walter Camp Foundation also recognized Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson, who had 409 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in the team’s 70-41 win over Kent State. This is the 17th year the Foundation has honored one offensive and defensive player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members.

Landman was also named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and is one of 16 semifinalist for the Butkus Award.

The Buffaloes have two previous Butkus winners, Alfred Williams (1990) and Matt Russell (1996); two runner-ups, Ted Johnson (1994) and Jordon Dizon (2007), and one other semifinalist, Greg Biekert (1992). Russell also finished fourth for the honor in 1995.