May 7, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT
The first week of fall camps may be three months away, but preseason watch lists are already upon us as four quarterbacks from around CAA Football were named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Quarterbacks Watch List on Monday. UAlbany junior Will Fiacchi, Villanova sophomore John Robertson, New Hampshire junior Andy Vailas and Maine senior Marcus Wasilewski were all selected to the preliminary watch list that highlights 32 returning performers vying for the top quarterback honor in FCS Football.
Fiacchi will once again get the call for UAlbany as the team transitions to CAA Football this fall. The junior led the Great Danes to a 9-2 overall record and a share of the Northeast Conference title in 2012. Fiacchi completed 188-of-309 passes for 2,156 yards this past season, throwing for 11 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions and tacking on another two touchdowns on the ground.
Robertson completed 152-of-253 passes for 1,965 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in a season that saw the Wildcats earn CAA Football’s autobid to the FCS Playoffs. The 2012 Jerry Rice Award Winner and CFPA National Freshman of the Year also became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, running for 1,021 yards on 189 carries (5.4 avg.) and a team-high 14 rushing scores. Robertson also led the Wildcats in scoring with 84 points and total offense with 2,986 yards.
Vailas appeared in 11 games with six starts in 2012, completing 126 of 217 passing attempts for 1,558 yards and tossing 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions to help lead UNH to its ninth-straight playoff berth. The rising junior signal caller ranked second in the CAA and tied for 16th nationally in points responsible per game (14.2) and ranked third in the league and 18th nationally in passing efficiency (143.0). Vailas also cracked CAA Football’s top-10 in total offense per game (182.5 yards – No. 7) and passing average per game (141.6 yards – No. 9).
Proven starter Wasilewski completed his junior campaign with 2,364 passing yards and 21 touchdowns for the Black Bears. He also turned in three rushing touchdowns and 420 yards on the ground in 2012. Wasilewski finished the season ranked second in the league with 214.9 passing yards per game.
The CFPA Watch List serves as a rough guide to returning performers for the 2013 season. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
There are currently 111 CFPA recipients listed on official 2013 NFL rosters. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and 21 have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
For more information, visit the CFPA website at collegefootballperformance.com.
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