Oct. 3, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot Leaguers joined a group of 32 players on Wednesday with a place on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National FCS Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List.
Bucknell running back CJ Williams, Fordham wide receiver/return specialist Jorge Solano and Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals were all selected based on their strong performance so far this season.
Williams stands third in the Patriot League with 85.3 rushing yards per game, carrying 65 times for 256 yards and a touchdown in Bucknell's first three contests. Solano is second in the Patriot League with a 25.5 kickoff return average as he has returned 17 kickoffs for 434 yards and a score on the season. Pujals has been outstanding in limited action for the Crusaders, completing 38-of-58 passes for 419 yards and four touchdowns and also rushing for 160 yards and two scores. He was named Sports Network FCS Freshman of the Week on Monday after totaling 415 yards and four touchdowns in Holy Cross' 31-28 win at Dartmouth on Saturday.
The freshman trio joins a group of Patriot Leaguers that were named to CFPA watch lists in the preseason. There were 23 Patriot League student-athletes on CFPA positional watch lists, while Colgate senior quarterback Gavin McCarney, Fordham senior running back Carlton Koonce and Bucknell senior defensive back Matthew Steinbeck were placed on CFPA Performer of the Year Watch Lists.
The CFPA watch lists are a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
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