College Football Performance Awards Announces 2011 Recipients

College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced its 2011 D-I FBS & FCS annual and career recipients. USC quarterback Matt Barkley earned the 2011 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke earned the 2011 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) January 12, 2012

College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced its 2011 D-I FBS & FCS annual and career recipients. USC quarterback Matt Barkley earned the 2011 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke earned the 2011 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

2011 CFPA National Performer of the Year Matt Barkley (41 total touchdowns, two 2-point conversions, 294 passing yards per game) set a single season Pac-12 record with 39 passing touchdowns in twelve games. 2011 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year Whitney Mercilus led D-I FBS defenders in sacks (16) and forced fumbles (9). 2011 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy recipient David Amerson led D-I FBS defensive backs in interceptions (13), touchdown returns (2), and return yards (205). 2011 CFPA Kickoff Specialist Trophy recipient Quinn Sharp (114 kickoffs, 61 touchbacks, 68.5 yards per kickoff average) became the first two-time CFPA recipient, earning the award previously in 2009.

2011 CFPA D-I FCS National Performer of the Year Taylor Heinicke (29 total touchdowns, 3.22 touchdowns per game, 7.77 yards per pass attempt, .33% interception rate) completed 25 passing touchdowns with only 1 interception in 307 attempts. Heinicke was responsible for 305.3 total offensive yards per game and added a 64-yard punt in the D-I FCS playoffs that was downed at the opposing four yard line. Heinicke became the first FCS player to earn CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year, CFPA Quarterback Award, and CFPA National Performer of the Year honors in the same season.

The 2011 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy is a K-9 optic crystal pyramid with 13-inch K-9 optic crystal football on top. The 2011 CFPA D-I FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy is a K-9 optic crystal tower with 8-inch K-9 optic crystal football on top.

2011 CFPA Trophy Winners:

National Performer of the Year -- Matt Barkley, USC
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Quarterback Trophy -- Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Running Back Trophy -- Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Wide Receiver Trophy -- Kendall Wright, Baylor
Tight End Trophy -- Coby Fleener, Stanford
Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
Linebacker Trophy -- Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
Defensive Back Trophy -- David Amerson, North Carolina State
Placekicker Trophy -- Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Kickoff Specialist Trophy -- Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
Punter Trophy -- Shawn Powell, Florida State
Kickoff Returner Trophy -- De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon & Foswhitt Whittaker, Texas
Punt Returner Trophy -- Joe Adams, Arkansas
Elite Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Vinny Curry, Marshall
Elite Running Back Trophy -- Trent Richardson, Alabama
Elite Punter Trophy -- Bryan Anger, California
Elite Linebacker Trophy -- Zach Brown, North Carolina
Elite Placekicker Trophy -- Caleb Sturgis, Florida
Elite Punt Returner Trophy -- Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Elite Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Elite Defensive Performer Trophy -- Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Elite Linebacker Trophy -- Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Elite Defensive Back Trophy -- Mark Barron, Alabama

D-I FCS College Football Performance Awards:

National Performer of the Year -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Quarterback Award -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Running Back Award -- Terrance West, Towson
Wide Receiver Award -- Aaron Mellette, Elon
Tight End Award -- Colin Anderson, Furman
Defensive End Award -- Corey Hart, Alabama A&M
Defensive Tackle Award -- Ben Boothby, Northern Iowa
Linebacker Award -- L.J. Fort, Northern Iowa
Defensive Back Award -- Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
Placekicker Award -- Zach Brown, Portland State
Punter Award -- Patrick Murray, Fordham
Punt Returner Award -- Asa Jackson, Cal Poly
Kickoff Returner Award -- Laron Scott, Georgia Southern
Elite Wide Receiver Award -- Brian Quick, Appalachian State
Elite Punter Award -- David Harrington, Idaho State
Elite Defensive Tackle Award -- Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
Elite Defensive Back Award -- Bryce Robertson, Bucknell
Elite Tight End Award -- Matt Tracey, Bryant
Elite Punt Returner Award -- Justin Bethel, Presbyterian
Elite Tight End Award -- Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard
Elite Kickoff Returner Award -- Jeremy Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky
Elite Linebacker Award -- Matt Evans, New Hampshire
Elite Kickoff Returner Award -- Kevin Fogg, Liberty
Elite Defensive Back Award -- Ryan Steed, Furman
Elite Quarterback Award -- Bo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington
Elite Running Back Award -- Shakir Bell, Indiana State
Elite Wide Receiver Award -- Richard Sincere, Sam Houston State
Elite Defensive Back Award -- Trumaine Johnson, Montana

About College Football Performance Awards:
The purpose of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. 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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