College Football Performance Awards Announces 2012 Recipients

College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced its 2012 recipients. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

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Johnny Manziel - 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy

Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) January 10, 2013

College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced its 2012 recipients. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

2012 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year Kyle Van Noy became the second BYU player to earn CFPA honors, following 2009 winner Dennis Pitta. West Virginia's Tavon Austin earned the 2012 CFPA All-Purpose Performer of the Year Trophy. Austin accepted the inaugural award to a standing ovation at the WVU Coliseum.

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell celebrated the 2012 CFPA Elite Running Back Trophy with victory laps in the Breslin Center, causing a delay in the scheduled post-award press conference. "Le'Veon is very deserving of this honor....His ability to make people miss combined with his power to gain yards after contact make him a special player," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio.

"I think it's the coolest trophy ever," said Florida's Kyle Christy after accepting the 2012 CFPA Punter Trophy. "It's a huge honor to share with Gator Nation; the fans were really loud."

A total of forty-five CFPA awards were earned in 2012. At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 CFPA presentation calendar, more than 100 CFPA winners will have continued their playing careers in the National Football League. Nineteen have already been first-round NFL Draft selections.

2012 CFPA Trophy Winners:

National Performer of the Year -- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Kyle Van Noy, BYU
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
All-Purpose Performer of the Year -- Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Quarterback Trophy -- AJ McCarron, Alabama
Running Back Trophy -- Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Wide Receiver Trophy -- Marqise Lee, USC
Tight End Trophy -- Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Linebacker Trophy -- Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Defensive Back Trophy -- Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Punter Trophy -- Kyle Christy, Florida
Placekicker Trophy -- Cairo Santos, Tulane
Specialist Trophy -- Brandon McManus, Temple
Kickoff Returner Trophy -- Reggie Dunn, Utah
Punt Returner Trophy -- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
Elite Specialist Trophy -- Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Elite Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Alex Okafor, Texas
Elite Quarterback Trophy -- Geno Smith, West Virginia
Elite Running Back Trophy -- Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State

2012 CFPA FCS Awards:

National Performer of the Year -- Colton Chapple, Harvard
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa & John Robertson, Villanova
All-Purpose Performer of the Year -- Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
Quarterback Award -- Colton Chapple, Harvard
Running Back Award -- Eric Breitenstein, Wofford
Wide Receiver Award -- Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington
Tight End Award -- A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
Defensive End Award -- Colton Underwood, Illinois State
Defensive Tackle Award -- Caraun Reid, Princeton
Linebacker Award -- Ian Sluss, Portland State
Defensive Back Award -- Johnny Towalid, Indiana State & Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State
Placekicker Award -- Patrick Murray, Fordham
Punter Award -- Sam Martin, Appalachian State
Kickoff Returner Award -- Jerodis Williams, Furman
Punt Returner Award -- Austin Shanks, Northern Arizona
Elite Wide Receiver Award -- Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
Elite Defensive End Award -- Mike Catapano, Princeton
Elite Defensive Performer Award -- Willie Jefferson, Stephen F. Austin
Elite Defensive Tackle Award -- Brent Russell, Georgia Southern
Elite Quarterback Award -- Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah
Elite All-Purpose Award -- Tyler Varga, Yale
Elite Punt Returner Award -- Darius Carey, McNeese State
Elite Kickoff Returner Award -- Fabian Truss, Samford
Elite Wide Receiver Award -- Greg Hardin, North Dakota

About College Football Performance Awards:

The goal 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.