Aug. 14, 2013
CFPA Perfomer of the Year Watch Lists
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot Leaguers earned a spot among the best players in the FCS when they were named to the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Watch Lists on Wednesday.
Colgate senior quarterback Gavin McCarney and Fordham senior running back Carlton Koonce, who are both candidates for the Walter Payton Award given to the Most Outstanding Player in FCS, were each selected to the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List. Bucknell junior defensive back Matthew Steinbeck earned a spot on the FCS National Defensive Performer of the Year Award Watch List. Each list included 33 of the top players in the FCS.
McCarney, who is also the preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team preseason All-American, completed 159-of-256 passes for 2,372 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions and rushed 193 times for 1,406 yards and 23 touchdowns while leading the Raiders to the Patriot League title in 2012. He led the nation in scoring with 11.67 points per game, and was fourth in the FCS in points responsible for, seventh in passing efficiency, ninth in total offense and 12th in rushing. He led Colgate to a top-five mark nationally in rushing, total and scoring offense. McCarney was selected as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and finished fifth in the Walter Payton Award voting, and also was named a second-team All-American by The Sports Network and third-team by the Associated Press.
He enters the 2013 season just 181 yards away from the Patriot League record for rushing yardage by a quarterback after setting the single-season mark last year. McCarney's 6.49 yards per carry average is the top mark in League history, and he also heads into the season second in total offense per game (280.77) and fifth in completion percentage (63.38) in the Patriot League record book.
Koonce was a first-team All-Patriot League selection who finished fourth in the nation with 145.09 rushing yards per game last year. He carried 300 times for 1,596 yards and 13 touchdowns, and also caught 48 passes for 313 yards and two scores. He earned All-America recognition as an all-purpose running back from College Sports Journal.
Steinbeck was a first-team All-Patriot League selection who led the League with six interceptions as a sophomore in 2012. He also filled out the stat sheet with 44 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups.
Each player was named to the preseason All-Patriot League team last month, and all three were also previously selected to the positional watch lists by CFPA.
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 recognition at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.
Read the Perfomer of the Year Watch Lists announcement and candidates, and find out more at the CFPA website
The Patriot League football season kicks off on Aug. 29 when Fordham hosts Rhode Island, with Colgate at Air Force, Holy Cross at Bryant and Georgetown at Wagner to complete the opening weekend two days later. Lehigh hosts Central Connecticut, Lafayette welcomes Sacred Heart and Bucknell hosts Marist in season openers on Sept. 7. The Patriot League schedule begins on Oct. 5 with Lehigh at Fordham and Bucknell at Lafayette, with the League champion earning an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.