DAVIDSON, N.C. – Tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) of the No. 12/9 University of New Hampshire football team was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Tight End Performer of the Week on the heels of Saturday's 53-23 victory over Colgate at Cowell Stadium.
Spears received the honor after making a pair of first-quarter touchdown receptions and tallying a two-point conversion as part of his five-catch, 38-yard performance for UNH (1-1, 0-0 CAA).
The 6-foot-4, 252-pound junior was on the receiving end of a 12-yard pass from Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) for the first points of the game. Less than two minutes later, Spears snared a two-yard TD pass from Vailas and tacked on the two-point conversion to help UNH build a 16-0 lead.
This is the second CFPA National TE Performer of Week Award for Spears, who was honored after a win at Georgia State (Oct. 6, 2012) in which he recorded a career-high six receptions for 94 yards and a TD.
Spears, who was named to the All-CAA Third Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Second Team last season, is a member of the CFPA FCS TE Performer of Week Watch List and was tabbed to Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Second Team.
The Wildcats have an open week before paying a visit to Bethlehem, Pa., for a matchup against No. 22/19 Lehigh University on Saturday, Sept. 28 (12:30 p.m.). UNH returns home for a Homecoming showdown against Rhode Island on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 12 p.m. Tickets are available at www.unhwildcats.com or (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
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.