CHARLESTON, S.C. – University of New Hampshire sophomore running back Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Kickoff Returner Award Watch List on Tuesday.
The list is comprised of 40 returning kickoff returners who are competing for the CFPA award as the one who increases the overall effectiveness of their team the most within the Football Championships Subdivision. The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.
Crossan, who was named CFPA Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week once and CAA Rookie of the Week twice in 2013, played in 14 games last year as a redshirt freshman. He led the Wildcats in kickoff returns (18), kickoff return yardage (427) and kickoff return average (23.7 yards/return), and he also averaged a team-high 12.0 yards per carry.
Crossan ran a career-long kick return of 93 yards resulting in a touchdown at the University at Albany (Nov. 16). He recorded a personal-best 185 all-purpose yards that game with a 51-yard TD run and 134 kickoff return yards. The rookie compiled 131 all-purpose yards in the NCAA first round playoff game vs. Lafayette in which he recorded highs in both rushing (84) and receiving (30) yards.
Crossan finished the 2013 season with 930 all-purpose yards to rank fourth on the team in that statistic. He had 32 rushes for 385 yards (and four TDs) and 12 catches for 118 yards (and one TD) in addition to the aforementioned 427 kickoff return yards.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards it to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. 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. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.
Crossan is the seventh Wildcat named to a CFPA watch list this summer. The previous honorees were Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.; linebacker), Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.; defensive back), Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.; quarterback), Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.; running back) and Brad Prasky (Groton, Mass. punter) Continue to follow Wildcat football to see if more UNH football players are honored.
After a record breaking 2013 campaign, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats open the 2014 season Saturday, August 30 (7 p.m.) at University of Toledo. The Wildcats' home opener is Saturday, Sept. 13. vs. Lehigh at Cowell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on American Sports Network.
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