Toledo Quarterback Aaron Opelt is National Performer of the Week

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The College Football Performance Awards proudly announces its Performers of the Week. The list consists of top Week 2 performers for each of the 14 CFPA trophies. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

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The CFPA awards will surely prove illuminating and may do for college football fans what objective statistics have done for baseball fans.

The College Football Performance Awards announced Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt as the National Performer of the Week. Michael Floyd, the National Performer of the Week for week one, received Honorable Mention for the Wide Receiver Trophy this week. Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy, shared Punt Returner Performer of the Week with Louisiana Tech's Phillip Livas and Georgia Tech's Jerrard Tarrant - all 3 performers registered punt returns over 80 yards for touchdowns. Former Science Advisor to President Barack Obama, Lawrence Krauss writes, "The CFPA awards will surely prove illuminating and may do for college football fans what objective statistics have done for baseball fans."

Aaron Opelt's Performance:

Senior quarterback Aaron Opelt threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two scores to lead Toledo to a convincing 54-38 victory over Colorado at the Glass Bowl on Sept. 11. The win was the first for rookie head coach Tim Beckman, who also defeated Colorado as a defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State last year.

With Toledo senior star wide receiver Stephen Williams seeing very limited action due to injury, the Rockets needed Opelt to step up and he did. Opelt, who entered the game leading the nation in passing yardage, controlled the game in the air and on the ground. He completed 15-of-23 passes with no interceptions and also ran for 109 yards on eight carries. He totaled 428 yards of offense, 319 in the air and 109 on the ground. His 109 rushing yards was a career high and the first time a Toledo quarterback gained at least 100 yards since Tavares Bolden gained 115 yards vs. Central Michigan in 1999 (Courtesy of Toledo Athletics).

Week 2, 2009 - Performers of the Week:

National Performer of the Week - Aaron Opelt (Toledo)

Defensive Performer of the Week - Leon Wright (Duke) & Tyler Sash (Iowa)

Quarterback Performer of the Week - Aaron Opelt (Toledo)
Honorable Mention: Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Zac Lee (Nebraska), Case Keenum (Houston), Russell Wilson (N.C. State), Tim Tebow (Florida), Dan LeFevour (C. Michigan), G.J. Kinne (Tulsa), Tony Pike (Cincinnati), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Jake Locker (Washington), Greg Alexander (Hawaii)

Running Back Performer of the Week - Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)
Honorable Mention: Jahvid Best (California), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Frank Goodin (Louisiana-Monroe), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Anthony Allen (Georgia Tech), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Moise Plancher (South Florida), Nic Grigsby (Arizona), Jason Ford (Illinois)

Wide Receiver Performer of the Week - Lyle Leong (Texas Tech) & Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
Honorable Mention: Naaman Roosevelt (Buffalo), Greg Salas (Hawaii), Golden Tate (Notre Dame), Vincent Brown (San Diego State), Rashaun Greer (Colorado State), Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas)

Tight End Performer of the Week - Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh)
Honorable Mention: Zack Pianalto (UNC), Mike McNeill (Nebraska), Danny Noble (Toledo), Leroy Banks (Southern Miss)

Placekicker Performer of the Week - Scott Blair (Georgia Tech)
Honorable Mention: Spencer Lanning (South Carolina), Sam Glusman (Troy), Blair Walsh (Georgia), Trey Farquhar (Idaho), Ross Evans (TCU), Matt Weller (Ohio), Ian McGarvey (Ball State)

Kickoff Specialist Performer of the Week - Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State) & Adi Kunalic (Nebraska)
Honorable Mention: Jake Rogers (Cincinnati), Bryan Wright (Michigan), Chris Hinkebein (Virginia), John Potter (W. Michigan), Garrett Hentrup (New Mexico), Eric Ellestad (Minnesota)

Punter Performer of the Week - Matt Dodge (East Carolina)
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Boone (Penn State), Michael Such (Tulsa), Desi Cullen (Connecticut)

Punt Returner Performer of the Week - Jerrard Tarrant (Georgia Tech), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Phillip Livas (Louisiana Tech)
Honorable Mention: Javier Arenas (Alabama), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)

Kickoff Returner of the Week - Darryl Stonum (Michigan), T.Y. Hilton (FIU), & Brandon Boykin (Georgia)
Honorable Mention: Torrey Smith (Maryland), Graig Cooper (Miami)

Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week - Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) & O' Brien Schofield (Wisconsin)
Honorable Mention: Curtis Young (Cincinnati), Brian Price (UCLA), Lindsey Witten (Connecticut), Jerry Hughes (TCU)

Linebacker Performer of the Week - Adam Gunn (Pittsburgh) & Sean Lee (Penn State)
Honorable Mention: Dekoda Watson (Florida State), Marlon Williams (Texas Tech)

Defensive Back Performer of the Week - Leon Wright (Duke) & Tyler Sash (Iowa)
Honorable Mention: Rahim Moore (UCLA), Casey Hayward (Vanderbilt), Trevin Wade (Arizona)

About the College Football Performance Awards:
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.

As many scholars have articulated, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases in the college football awards process. Harvard Society Fellow and NFL Consultant, Andrew Zimbalist states, "By employing a careful, vetted empirical methodology, CFPA promises to set straight many of the wrongheaded, arbitrary, and exclusionary methods currently employed to assess player awards in Division I FBS football." Distinguished mathematician and National Science Foundation Career Award winner Amy Langville writes, "Most sports awards are unscientific. CFPA is a welcome addition for fans and players demanding equity." And C. Richard King, past-President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport adds, "In contrast with other awards, CFPA has a clear methodology that works against bias, avoids the dangers of regional popularity and national celebrity, and demonstrates in a reliable fashion the most talented performers."

Historic Player Awards:
The 2009 Punt Returner Trophy and 2009 Kickoff Returner Trophy, presented by the College Football Performance Awards, will be the first national player trophies to recognize achievement at the positions. The 2008 Kickoff Specialist Trophy, conferred to Dallas Cowboy kicker David Buehler, was the first national player trophy to honor a kickoff specialist.

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

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