CHARLOTTE, N.C. – University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Defensive Back Award Watch List, the organization announced Monday. The preliminary list highlights 36 returning performers vying for the top individual defensive back honor in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"Congratulations to Manny Asam on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said. "Asam will likely be an important leader and playmaker for New Hampshire in 2013."
Asam was tabbed to the All-CAA Second Team last season after ranking second on the Wildcats with 76 tackles, including 57 solo stops. The strong safety, who has started 24 straight games, compiled five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception. Asam recorded a career- and game-high 12 tackles to go along with his first career forced fumble in the NCAA second-round playoff game at No. 11 Wofford on Dec. 1. The 6-foot, 187-pound defensive back will enter his senior campaign as the team's active leader in career tackles (151).
Asam joins four other Wildcats on the CFPA Watch List: Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H./Quarterback Award Watch List); Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J./Running Back); R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md./Wide Receiver) and Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa./Tight End).
Former New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Ma.) was tabbed the CFPA Elite Linebacker Award winner in 2011.
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon 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. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com. The full list of 2013 CFPA FCS award recipients will be announced Jan. 8, 2014.
After winning the 2012 CAA football co-championship, the Wildcats open the 2013 season at Central Michigan of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) on Saturday, Sept. 7. UNH owns the nation's longest streaks for consecutive playoff appearances (nine) and consecutive weeks ranked (126).
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