May 22, 2013, 1:16 PM EST
CAA Football ranks atop the nation with four league players named to the College Football Performance Awards’ 2013 FCS Wide Receiver Award Watch List on Monday. New Hampshire’s R.J. Harris, William and Mary’s Tre McBride and Richmond’s Stephen Barnette and Ben Edwards were among the 34 standouts selected to this year’s list.
Barnette was named Third-Team All-CAA and College Sports Madness Second-Team All-CAA after starting all 11 games for the Spiders in 2012. The sophomore snagged 56 receptions for 848 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Barnette highlighted his second collegiate campaign with a career-high nine catches for a career-best 144 yards and a touchdown in UR’s thrilling win over No. 2 James Madison.
Edwards racked up the accolades following a stellar junior season with the Spiders, earning recognition on the All-CAA First-Team, VaSID All-State First Team, College Sports Madness All-CAA Third-Team and the CAA Football All-Academic Team. He was also honored as The Touchdown Club of Richmond Division I National End/Wide Receiver of the Year. Edwards started all 11 games last fall, leading the league with 80 receptions for a team-high 852 yards receiving and three touchdowns. His 80 catches represent the second-highest single-season total at Richmond.
Harris was selected First Team All-CAA and to the All-New England Team, the College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team and the ECAC D-I FCS All-Star Team in 2012 after making 84 receptions for 1,059 yards. His single-season reception and receiving yard totals rank fourth and sixth in program history, respectively. Harris finished the fall ranked second in CAA Football with 7.0 receptions per game (7.0) and 88.2 receiving yards per game while his nine touchdown grabs ranked third in the league. With 134 catches and 1,773 receiving yards, Harris is 16 receptions and 120 yards shy of moving into the team’s career top 10 in those categories.
McBride closed out his sophomore season as a Second Team All-CAA selection after starting all 11 games for the Tribe. He totaled a team-high 55 receptions for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns while also pacing the program with 1,130 all-purpose yards. The second-year standout ranked second in CAA Football with 10 receiving touchdowns, a figure that ties for fifth-best on W&M’s single-season list. McBride was also third in the conference in yards per catch (16.3), fourth in receiving yards per game (81.5), seventh in receptions per game (5.0) and eighth in all-purpose yards per game (102.7).
Earlier this month 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 were named to the 2013 CFPA Running Back Award Watch List, while UAlbany junior Will Fiacchi, Nova’s John Robertson, UNH’s Andy Vailas and Maine’s Marcus Wasilewski all earned a post on the organization’s Quarterback Watch List.
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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