Announcing the Preseason Trophy Favorites for the 2009 College Football Performance Awards

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The College Football Performance Awards proudly announces its 2009 Preseason Trophy Favorites. The list consists of top returning performers for 14 trophies, including Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant, the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy. The compilation is a rough watch list for 2009 - all Division I FBS college football players are eligible for trophies at their respective positions.

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Brad Smith's (CFPA) system endeavors to level the playing field for evaluating gridiron performance and as such may transform the individual trophy quest from a PR battle to the legitimate question of which athletes did the most for their teams- BCS or not.

The College Football Performance Awards proudly announces its 2009 Preseason Trophy Favorites. The list consists of top returning performers for 14 trophies, including Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant, the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy. The compilation is a rough watch list for 2009 - all Division I FBS college football players are eligible for trophies at their respective positions.

Overall Performer of the Year Trophy:
Colt McCoy - Texas, Sam Bradford - Oklahoma, Tim Tebow - Florida, Terrelle Pryor - Ohio State, Case Keenum - Houston, Daryll Clark - Penn State, Jevan Snead - Ole Miss, Kellen Moore - Boise State, Jerry Hughes - TCU, Dez Bryant - Oklahoma State, Max Hall - BYU, Jahvid Best - California, Chris Brown - Oklahoma, Zac Robinson - Oklahoma State.

Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy:
Jerry Hughes - TCU, Kevin Basped - Nevada, Jason Worilds - Virginia Tech, Eric Berry - Tennessee, Will Tukuafu - Oregon, Sergio Kindle - Texas, Jeremy Beal - Oklahoma, Eric Norwood - South Carolina, George Selvie - South Florida, Jammie Kirlew - Indiana.

Placekicker Trophy:
Alex Henery - Nebraska, Thomas Weber - Arizona State, Josh Arauco - Arkansas State, Philip Welch - Wisconsin, Kai Forbath - UCLA, Matt Bosher - Miami, Josh Cjazkowski - NC State, Joshua Shene - Ole Miss, Brett Swenson - Michigan State, James Aho - New Mexico, Alex Steigerwald - Toledo, Ross Evans - TCU, Trent Mossbrucker - Iowa, Sam Glusman - Troy, Matt Eller - Illinois.

Punter Trophy:
Derek Epperson - Baylor, Matt Dodge - East Carolina, Zoltan Mesko - Michigan, Chas Henry - Florida, Jeremy Boone - Penn State, Spencer Lanning - South Carolina, Robert Malone - Fresno State, Keenyn Crier - Arizona, Bryan Anger - California, Rob Long - Syracuse, Ross Thevenot - Tulane, Brad Langley - Nevada, Chris Hagerup - Indiana, Kyle Peterson - UTEP, Clinton Durst - Auburn.

Running Back Trophy:
Chris Brown - Oklahoma, Kendall Hunter - Oklahoma State, LaGarrette Blount - Oregon, Jahvid Best - California, MiQuale Lewis - Ball State, Derrick Washington - Missouri, Vai Taua - Nevada, Charles Scott - LSU, Toby Gerhart - Stanford, Bryce Beall - Houston, DeMarco Murray - Oklahoma, James Starks - Buffalo, Jonathan Dwyer - Georgia Tech, Evan Royster - Penn State, Nic Grigsby - Arizona, Jacquizz Rodgers - Oregon State.

Wide Receiver Trophy:
Dez Bryant - Oklahoma State, Dezmon Briscoe - Kansas, Aldrick Robinson - SMU, Naaman Roosevelt - Buffalo, Kris Adams - UTEP, DeAndre Brown - Southern Miss, Jordan Shipley - Texas, Mardy Gilyard - Cincinnati, Golden Tate - Notre Dame, Kerry Meier - Kansas, Tyron Carrier - Houston, Damian Williams - USC, Emmanuel Sanders - SMU, Dion Morton - Colorado State, Cortez Gent - FAU.

Quarterback Trophy:
Sam Bradford - Oklahoma, Colt McCoy - Texas, Case Keenum - Houston, Tim Tebow - Florida, Todd Reesing - Kansas, Max Hall - BYU, Tim Hiller - Western Michigan, Trevor Vittatoe - UTEP, Zac Robinson - Oklahoma State, Terrelle Pryor - Ohio State, Kellen Moore - Boise State, Colin Kaepernick - Nevada, Dan LeFevour - Central Michigan, Daryll Clark - Penn State, Jevan Snead - Ole Miss.

Kickoff Returner Trophy:
Perrish Cox - Oklahoma State, AJ Jefferson - Fresno State, Phillip Livas - Louisiana Tech, Mardy Gilyard - Cincinnati, Brandon Banks, Kansas State.

Punt Returner Trophy:
Javier Arenas - Alabama, Dez Bryant - Oklahoma State, Brandon James - Florida, Kyle Wilson - Boise State, Phillip Livas - Louisiana Tech.

Tight End Trophy:
Jermaine Gresham - Oklahoma, Rob Gronkowski - Arizona, Cody Slate - Marshall.

Kickoff Specialist Trophy:
Ben Vroman - Utah, Dan Bailey - Oklahoma State, Donnie Carona - Texas Tech.

Defensive Lineman Trophy:
Jerry Hughes - TCU, Kevin Basped - Nevada, Jason Worilds - Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Trophy:
Sergio Kindle - Texas, Eric Norwood - South Carolina, Mark Herzlich - Boston College.

Defensive Back Trophy:
Eric Berry - Tennessee, Ahmad Black - Florida, Anthony Gaitor - FIU.

2008 Kickoff Specialist Trophy winner David Buehler Taken in NFL Draft:
2008 Kickoff Specialist Trophy winner David Buehler was the first placekicker/kickoff specialist to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Buehler was selected in the 5th round by the Dallas Cowboys. The only other placekicker/kickoff specialist to be selected in the draft was South Carolina's Ryan Succop, who finished the 2008 season with the fourth highest kickoff performance rating.

The College Football Performance Awards annually presents the Kickoff Specialist Trophy to the Division I FBS college football player with the highest kickoff performance rating. The award is the only national trophy for kickoff specialists and the only national trophy to consider kickoff performance in its selection.

Purpose:
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Prominent sports ethicist and former football coach Gordon Marino writes, "Brad Smith's (CFPA) system endeavors to level the playing field for evaluating gridiron performance and as such may transform the individual trophy quest from a PR battle to the legitimate question of which athletes did the most for their teams- BCS or not."

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

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