Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant Wins 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy

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Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant was recently announced as the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards. The announcement took place during the intermission between the 1st and 2nd quarters at the 2009 Oklahoma State spring game. During the announcement, the College Football Performance Awards conferred a large crystal trophy to Bryant at midfield, inspiring an enthusiastic standing ovation from the Oklahoma State crowd. Bryant later remarked, "It's an honor. I love this game - football is my passion."

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By employing a careful, vetted empirical methodology, the College Football Performance Awards promises to set straight many of the wrongheaded, arbitrary, and exclusionary methods currently employed to assess player awards in college football.

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant was recently announced as the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards. The announcement took place during the intermission between the 1st and 2nd quarters at the 2009 Oklahoma State spring game. During the announcement, the College Football Performance Awards conferred a large crystal trophy to Bryant at midfield, inspiring an enthusiastic standing ovation from the Oklahoma State crowd. Bryant later remarked, "It's an honor. I love this game - football is my passion."

Bryant Selection Facts:
Bryant finished the 2008 season with the highest receiving rating (.1924) in Division I FBS college football, besting other top receivers: Kansas's Dezmon Briscoe (.1887), BYU's Austin Collie (.1882), and Rice's Jarett Dillard (.1880). Bryant's 2008 performance ranks as the strongest wide receiver performance in the past 5 seasons of Division I FBS college football. Since 2000, only Hawaii's Ashley Lelie (.1948) and Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald (.1942) have finished seasons with higher receiving ratings.

Methodology:
The College Football Performance Awards used a sophisticated, empirically justified model to determine its 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy recipient. The historic result marks the first time a national college football award has selected a recipient exclusively based upon objective science.

Many top sports scholars, including pre-eminent sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, have participated in a review of this approach. Zimbalist, the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, expounds, "By employing a careful, vetted empirical methodology, the College Football Performance Awards promises to set straight many of the wrongheaded, arbitrary, and exclusionary methods currently employed to assess player awards in college football."

2008 Kickoff Specialist Trophy Presentation:
The College Football Performance Awards will present David Buehler with the 2008 Kickoff Specialist Trophy on April 24, 2009. The event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Lounge of Heritage Hall at the University of Southern California. The historic event marks the first national trophy presentation to a college football kickoff specialist.

Buehler Selection Facts:
Buehler finished the 2008 season with the highest kickoff rating (19.5) in Division I FBS college football. Buehler outperformed other top kickoff specialists including: Utah's Ben Vroman (19.3), Kansas State's Brooks Rossman (19.0), and South Carolina's Ryan Succop (18.5).

2009 Pre-Season Trophy Favorites:
The College Football Performance Awards will confer 14 trophies to Division I FBS college football performers in 2009. A list of the 2009 pre-season trophy favorites and top returning performers will be released later this month.

Contact:
For more information on the College Football Performance Awards, please contact Executive Director, Brad Smith, at 570-854-1252 or visit the Official Website (http://www.collegefootballperformance.com).

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