Jun 24, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
On Monday, five of CAA Football’s top returning wide receivers heard their respective names called to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List for pass catchers. All five senior players selected are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
CFPA Watch List recognition has been riddled with league standouts thus far during the offseason as 27 total student-athletes have made the various position-centered lists.
Named to the 38-player WR list among #CAAFB players were Delaware’s Michael Johnson, Richmond’s Stephen Barnette, Towson’s Spencer Wilkins, New Hampshire’s R.J. Harris and William & Mary’s Tre McBride.
Johnson enjoyed a very productive junior campaign in 2013 which saw him earn second team All-CAA honors. Over 12 games, the Florida native hauled in 60 catches for 1,035 yards and nine TDs on top of adding 606 kick return yards on 29 attempts. Johnson also finished last year second in TD scores and third in yards per game (86.2) in CAA Football.
Barnette returns in 2014 fresh off a 1,000-yard receiving season (1,189) last fall, a mark which led all league players. Barnette also paced the pack with 99.1 receiving yards per game and caught five TDs for scores as well. Even more bad news for opposing secondaries is that UR QB Michael Strauss also comes back with Barnette for the upcoming season.
Wilkins battled through injuries last year, starting eight of the team’s first nine games, but did not play after the Tigers’ October 26 contest at Richmond. Still, he managed to rack up a team-high 691 yards and four TDs en route to being named a third team All-CAA member.
Harris was a first team All-CAA honoree in 2013 and will search for his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season in 2014. Last fall for the Wildcats as a junior, he caught a team-high 76 passes for 1,004 yards and averaged 83.7 yards per contest. Harris completed 2013 with five receiving TDs despite missing three of UNH’s 15 games because of injury.
Like Harris, McBride comes back in 2014 following a standout junior campaign which also saw him earn first team All-CAA distinction. Over 12 games — 11 starts — McBride grabbed 63 receptions for 801 yards and five TDs last season while also providing a team-high 1,533 all-purpose yards. McBride’s contributions on special teams didn’t go unnoticed, as he was named 2013 CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Year. He averaged 27.5 yards per return (605 total return yards), good enough for No. 15 in all of the FCS and No. 1 in CAA Football.
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