Charleston, SC (PRWEB) January 14, 2015
College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) today announced its 2014 FBS Awards. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota earned the 2014 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy. Mariota also earned the CFPA Quarterback Trophy in both 2013 and 2014.
Arizona's Scooby Wright earned the 2014 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy. Wright also earned the 2014 CFPA Linebacker Trophy.
"I couldn't ask for a better way to finish out my college career than with a prestigious award like that," said 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Trophy winner J.J. Nelson. "It's a blessing, so I'm just really embracing the moment and taking it day by day."
The 2014 CFPA FCS Awards, team performance awards, and associated honors will be announced at a later date.
2014 CFPA Trophy Winners:
National Performer of the Year -- Marcus Mariota, Oregon
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Scooby Wright, Arizona
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
All-Purpose Performer of the Year -- Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Quarterback Trophy -- Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Running Back Trophy -- Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Wide Receiver Trophy -- Amari Cooper, Alabama
Tight End Trophy -- Maxx Williams, Minnesota
Defensive Lineman Trophy -- Nate Orchard, Utah
Linebacker Trophy -- Scooby Wright, Arizona
Defensive Back Trophy -- Gerod Holliman, Louisville
Punter Trophy -- JK Scott, Alabama
Placekicker Trophy -- Brad Craddock, Maryland
Specialist Trophy -- Will Conant, Air Force
Kickoff Returner Trophy -- J.J. Nelson, UAB
Punt Returner Trophy -- Kaelin Clay, Utah
Elite Punt Returner Trophy -- Jamison Crowder, Duke
Elite Defensive Back Trophy -- Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
Elite Linebacker Trophy -- Zach Vigil, Utah State
Elite All-Purpose Trophy -- Shaq Thompson, Washington
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.
As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.
CFPA is now in its seventh season of player and team performance recognition. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.