CHARLOTTE, N.C. – University of New Hampshire junior quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Quarterback Award Watch List, the organization announced Monday. The preliminary list highlights 32 returning performers vying for the top QB honor in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"Congratulations to Andy Vailas on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said. "Vailas has the potential to earn the 2013 CFPA Quarterback Award and become the second UNH player to earn CFPA honors, joining former linebacker Matt Evans."
Vailas, who appeared in 11 games with six starts last season, completed 126 passes in 217 attempts for 1,558 yards; he threw for 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound signal caller ranked second in the CAA and tied for 16th in the nation in points responsible for/game (14.2), and he ranked third in the league and 18th nationally in passing efficiency (143.0). Vailas also cracked the CAA's Top-10 in total offense/game (182.5 yards/No. 7) and passing average/game (141.6 yards/No. 9).
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.
Vailas received CFPA National QB Performer of the Week Honorable Mention following the Wildcats' 64-61 loss at Old Dominion (Sept. 22) when he went 23 of 38 for 336 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 14 rushes for 80 yards and a TD. He earned honorable mention again after going 15-for-26 for 188 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 12 times for 83 yards and a score in a 44-40 home victory against Richmond (Oct. 13).
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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