Colton Chapple Earns 2012 CFPA Quarterback Award as Nation's Top QB
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Harvard senior quarterback Colton Chapple has earned the 2012 CFPA Quarterback Award, as announced by College Football Performance Awards.
Chapple finished the 2012 season with 33 total touchdowns in 10 games, including a single-season school-record 24 passing touchdowns while guiding Harvard to a school-record 39.4 points per game to rank fourth nationally.
"Congratulations to Colton Chapple for an outstanding 2012 season," said CFPA Executive Director Bradley C. Smith. "Chapple excelled as a dual-threat quarterback, utilizing his tight ends and producing strong performances."
Chapple was the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Year and earned New England Player of the Year honors from both the New England Football Writers' Association and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. He was responsible for nearly 320 yards per game, averaging 8.7 yards per pass attempt and 5.0 yards per rush. Harvard ranked third nationally in total offense at nearly 488 yards per game.
Chapple is the second Harvard player to earn CFPA annual honors, following senior tight end and 2011 recipient Kyle Juszczyk.
Previous CFPA Quarterback Award recipients include Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke and Appalachian State's De'Andre Presley, currently a defensive back for the Miami Dolphins in 2012.
The 2012 CFPA Quarterback Award caps a remarkable season for Chapple, who led Harvard to an Ivy League-record 12th straight season with at least seven wins.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. All CFPA recipients are selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Nineteen CFPA recipients have been first-round NFL Draft selections.