CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in Division I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Lineman Award.
Harvard rising junior defensive end Zach Hodges earned a spot on the watch list, which includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top individual defensive end and defensive tackle awards in the FCS.
"Congratulations to Harvard defensive lineman Zach Hodges on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Hodges is a productive pass-rusher with tremendous potential for continued success in 2013."
Hodges joins rising senior tight end Cameron Brate on the 2013 CFPA Watch List. Both players are likely to play key roles under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
Hodges, a native of Atlanta, Ga., was tabbed to the All-Ivy League first team and was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com as a sophomore in 2012. Hodges led Harvard with nine sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. He made 32 stops overall, including 23 solo tackles last season.
Last season, Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA Quarterback Award and 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, which he received at halftime of the Harvard-Yale men's basketball game. Current Baltimore Ravens player Kyle Juszczyk earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Tight End Award.
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. Past CFPA winners include: Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Whitney Mercilus (Illinois), Von Miller (Texas A&M), Alex Henery (Nebraska), Earl Thomas (Texas), and Patrick Peterson (LSU).
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.
The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.