Jul 15, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT
Everyone knows the old saying ‘kickers need love too’, right? Well, on Tuesday three #CAAFB placekickers felt that love after being named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List.
Though I have no idea if there’s a saying for tight ends, five #CAAFB studs also joined the party and were named to the same watch list for TEs last week. They were; Brian Parker of UAlbany, Nick Boyle of Delaware, Hunter Westfall of Richmond, Will Tye of Stony Brook and Harold Spears of New Hampshire.
The three league kicker standouts — John Gallagher of Elon, Sean Decloux of Maine and John Carpenter of William & Mary — like the four tight ends, are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
PKs: Gallagher shined last season for Elon (CAA Football’s newest member in 2014) as a freshman, earning all SoCon freshman honors after leading the Phoenix with 70 points. On top of that, Gallagher went a perfect 31-of-31 on PATs and made 13-of-23 FG attempts in 2013.
Decloux is fresh off a strong sophomore season which saw him earn All-CAA first team recognition. He led all league kickers in scoring with 93 total points (7.2 PG) and made 16-of-21 attempts from field goal range.
Carpenter returns for his senior season in 2014 after providing stability for the Tribe’s kicking game last fall. He connected on 15-of-21 (71.4%) FG attempts, while his 1.25 field goal per-game average ranked second among CAA Football kickers.
Parker ranked third on UAlbany’s squad in receiving last fall as a junior, hauling in 30 receptions for 355 yards to go along with two TDs. Parker joins teammate and RB Omar Osbourne as the only other Great Dane named to another CFPA Watch List.
Boyle became one of the UD’s and the league’s best offensive weapons in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 270 pounder caught seven TDs last fall as a junior and ranked among league-leaders for tight ends with 42 receptions.
Westfall, who stands at 6-foot-7, has quietly improved over his career as a Spider. Last fall as a junior, he played in all 12 of his team’s games and caught 18 passes for 214 yards and three scores.
Tye started his college career at Florida State, but made strides in his first season at Stony Brook last year. The Connecticut native started eight games and managed to grab 45 receptions for 520 yards and four TDs.
Spears was reliable for the Wildcats in 2013, playing in all of the team’s 15 games. As a junior, he ranked third on UNH with 34 catches and four TDs, but even more impressive? He averaged 14.1 yards per-catch which equaled 478 yards in all by the end of the year.
The full list of all 2014 CFPA winners will be announced on January 14, 2015. The league has now had a total of 35 student-athletes named to various position-centered CFPA Watch Lists.
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