June 29, 2013

Trio Added to CFPA Watch Lists

Spokane punter Jake Miller, All-America linebacker Ronnie Hamlin and All-America cornerback T.J. Lee join quarterback Vernon Adams as a preseason candidates for awards

Eastern Washington University football players Jake Miller, Ronnie Hamlin and T.J. Lee have joined quarterback Vernon Adams as recent additions to watch lists for the College Football Performance Awards presented annually in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

Miller, a junior out of Spokane’s Central Valley High School, was named to the watch list for the CFPA Punter Award. Hamlin and Lee -- both All-Americans for the Eagles a year ago -- were selected to the lists for linebacker and defensive back awards, respectively. Hamlin is a senior from Lacey, Wash., who graduated from Timberline High School in 2009, and Lee graduated the same year from West Seattle High School.

Previously, Adams was selected to the watch list for the CFPA Quarterback Award after earning Freshman All-America accolades in 2012. Miller was a Freshman All-American in 2011.

In addition, Hamlin (second team) and Lee (third team) were picked for the Beyond Sports Network 2013 preseason All-America squad. On Monday (July 1), the preseason All-America team will be announced by The Sports Network, which will also announce the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award that day.

Miller’s 43.8 career punting average at EWU currently ranks as a school record. He has had 16 punts of 50 yards or more in his career, including a school-record 74-yarder. He has owns five of the top 33 punts in school history, with boots of 74, 59 and 57 (three times).

Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team in 2012, Miller had a school-record 74-yard punt versus Washington State (9/8/12), breaking the previous record of 71 set in 2006 by Ryan Donckers. Miller’s average of 43.3 yards per punt in 2012 ranks third all-time in EWU history, just behind his No. 2 ranking with a 44.2 average in 2011 (the school record is 44.4). Of his 40 punts, six were for at least 50 yards and 15 were downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.

In 2012, Hamlin earned All-America honors from Phil Steele Publications (fourth team) and was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection. He was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team after starting all 14 games for the Eagles. In addition, he was chosen as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. He had 136 tackles in 2012 to rank fifth in school history, and his average of 9.71 per game ranked 31st in FCS and fourth in the Big Sky.

A 22-game starter for the Eagles, Hamlin has 221 tackles already in his 25-game EWU career to rank 22nd in school history.

Lee earned All-America honors in 2012 from The Sports Network (second team), and was also honored on the College Sporting News “Fabulous 50” All-America squad. Lee also was a first team All-Big Sky selection for the second-straight season. He ranked third on the team with 90 tackles and finished with 11 passes broken up to rank 10th in school history. His average of 6.4 tackles per game ranked 29th in the Big Sky and his total of 11 passes broken up were second. He also had 2 1/2 sacks, nine total tackles for loss, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

A two-time first team All-Big Sky selection, Lee now has 149 tackles, three interceptions, 14 passes broken up and 2 1/2 sacks in his 34-game career. He is just 51 tackles from becoming the 34th Eagle in school history to finish with 200 career tackles. He needs just four passes broken up to rank on EWU’s top 10 list in that category.

Eastern Washington players have earned CFPA honors in three consecutive seasons: Taiwan Jones (2010 CFPA Running Back Award), Bo Levi Mitchell (2011 CFPA Elite Quarterback Award), and Brandon Kaufman (2012 CFPA Wide Receiver Award). Jones is also the featured FCS Awards recipient on the cover of the CFPA Official Website.

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.

Currently, there are 111 CFPA recipients listed on official 2013 NFL rosters. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. Last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy. Multiple award presentations were broadcast live nationally on ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, as well as internationally on BYUtv.

For more information, visit the Official CFPA Website (http://www.collegefootballperformance.com). Follow CFPA on Twitter @CFPerformance.

 

CFPA PUNTER AWARD WATCH LIST
Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State
Adam Lutz, Campbell
Nick Pollard, Chattanooga
Paul Delaney, Columbia
Scott Weatherford, Eastern Illinois
Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
Jake Miller, Eastern Washington
Luke Cherry, Georgia Southern
C.J. Reyes, Idaho State
Pat Wright, Illinois State
Kollin Kahler, Lamar
Tim Divers, Lehigh
Jeffrey Ondish, Maine
Jean Breaux, McNeese State
Chris Sullens, Missouri State
Stephen Shaw, Montana
Steven Mix, Murray State
Andy Wilder, NAU
Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State
Justin Weldon, Sacramento State
Greg Peranich, Samford
Ethan Sawyer, South Dakota State
Joe Vucic, Southeast Missouri State
Austin Pucylowski, Southern Illinois
Brock Miller, Southern Utah
Grant Price, St. Francis (PA)
Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
James Satterfield, UT-Martin
Mark Hamilton, Villanova
Tony Epperson, Weber State
Clark Sechrest, Western Carolina
Kyle Cazzetta, Yale

CFPA LINEBACKER AWARD WATCH LIST
Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman
Evan Byers, Bucknell
Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly
Wes Dothard, Chattanooga
Carl Robinson, The Citadel
Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Kris Kent, Colgate
Jeff Williams, Delaware
Dorian Bell, Duquesne
Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington
Stephon Robertson, James Madison
Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh
Nick Sigmon, Liberty
Dan Sullivan, Monmouth
Brock Coyle, Montana
Jordan Tripp, Montana
Ra’a Moeakiola, Montana State

CFPA DEFENSIVE BACK AWARD WATCH LIST
Carlton Littlejohn, North Dakota State
Grant Olson, North Dakota State
Lynden Trail, Norfolk State
Jake Farley, Northern Iowa
Caleb Taylor, Old Dominion
Dan Davis, Pennsylvania
Donelle Williams, Presbyterian
Justin Sexton, Sacred Heart
Justin Hughes, South Carolina State
Tyler Starr, South Dakota
T.J. Lally, South Dakota State
Bryan Presume, Southern Illinois
Anthony Balancier, Southern University
Zak Browning, Southern Utah
Monte Gaddis, Towson
Ben Johnson, UT-Martin
Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford
Justinian Mason, Albany
Tramaine Wilson, Albany
Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman
Emory Polley, Brown
Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell
Jestin Love, Central Arkansas
D.J. Key, Chattanooga
Kadeem Wise, Chattanooga
Johnnie Houston, Coastal Carolina
Davon Moore, Delaware State
T.J. Lee III, Eastern Washington
Ian Williams, Fordham
Chris Splinter, Harvard
Julien David, Howard
Calvin Burnett, Indiana State
Qua Cox, Jackson State
Dean Marlowe, JMU
Branden Thomas, Lamar
Jamal Clay, Maine
Kendall James, Maine
Terence Cahee, McNeese
Guy Morgan, McNeese
Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State
Pat Gray, Monmouth
Joe Rankin, Morgan State
Kevin Eugene, MVSU
Lucky Dozier, NAU
Manny Asam, New Hampshire
Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
Bookie Sneed, Sam Houston State
Jakob DeMedal, St. Francis (PA)
Davonte Anderson, Stony Brook
Steven Godbolt III, Tennessee State
Joe Sarnese, Villanova
Martinez Davis, Western Illinois

CFPA QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Denarius Mcghee, Montana State
John Robertson, Villanova
Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa
Will Fiacchi, Albany
Jamal Londry-Jackson, Appalachian State
Brodrick Waters, Bethune-Cookman
Mike Westerhaus, Bryant
Matt Lancaster, Butler
Wynrick Smothers, Central Arkansas
Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga
Ben Dupree, The Citadel
Gavin McCarney, Colgate
Jeff Mathews, Cornell
Jonathan Carkhuff, Davidson
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington
Damien Fleming, Florida A&M
Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
Josh Woodrum, Liberty
Marcus Wasilewski, Maine
Chuckie Looney, Marist
Cody Stroud, McNeese State
Andy Vailas, New Hampshire
Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
Garrett Safron, Sacramento State
Brian Bell, Sam Houston State
Andy Summerlin, Samford
Mason Mills, San Diego
Dray Joseph, Southern University
Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin
Kurt Hess, Youngstown State





 
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