May 14, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
CAA Football led the nation with five players named to the College Football Performance Awards’ 2013 FCS Running Back Watch List on Monday. The preliminary watch list’s 33 members included Stony Brook’s Marcus Coker, Villanova’s Kevin Monangai, James Madison’s Dae’Quan Scott, New Hampshire’s Nico Steriti and Towson’s Terrance West – one of four returning watch list members.
Coker played in all 13 games in his first season at Stony Brook in 2012, earning a pair of starts for the Seawolves. A transfer from Iowa, the rising senior rushed for 1,018 yards and 9 touchdowns en route to being selected as the Seawolves’ Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Monangai was named an All-CAA First Team selection after becoming the fourth player in Villanova history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. The rising junior led the league with 1,210 rushing yards and 100.8 rushing yards per game, totaling 11 rushing touchdowns to go with 11 receptions for 94 yards and two scores through the air. Monangai turned in seven 100-yard games on the ground in 2012, tying former Wildcat great Brian Westbrook for second most in program history.
Scott led JMU in a pair of rushing categories with 155 carries and 781 yards while also scoring eight times on the ground last fall. He ranked third among all conference running backs with 85.78 rushing yards in his nine games played and recorded four 100-yard rushing games, including three in league play, to raise his career total to 12. Scott completed his junior campaign with 2,292 career rushing yards and now stands 11th in the program annals in the category.
Steriti paced UNH with 963 yards on 140 rushing attempts while appearing in all 12 games in a 2012 season that saw him make five starts. The rising junior and 2012 All-CAA Second Team selection ranked sixth in the league with 76.8 rushing yards per game, compiled five 100-yard rushing performances and recorded a team-best nine rushing touchdowns. He ranked 10th among the conference’s non-kickers with 101.5 all-purpose yards per game and 5.0 points responsible per game.
West finished his sophomore season as the league’s second-leading rusher with 1,046 yards on 195 carries for a 5.4 average. He finished with five 100-yard ground games and paced CAA Football in touchdowns (14) for the second year in a row. A rising junior, West is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 2,340 yards and has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, which stands just three shy of the school record.
The CFPA Watch List serves 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.
The full list of 2013 recipients, including those CFPA FCS Awards honorees, will be announced on January 8, 2014. For more information, visit the CFPA website at collegefootballperformance.com.
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