CHARLOTTE, N.C. – University of New Hampshire junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Tight End Award Watch List, the organization announced Monday. The preliminary list highlights 32 returning performers vying for the top tight end honor in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"Congratulations to Harold Spears on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said. "With four offensive players on the 2013 CFPA Watch List, UNH can find them all."
Spears was named to the All-CAA Third Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Second Team last season after compiling 20 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games, including 10 starts. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound TE was feted as the CFPA National Tight End Performer of the Week following the Wildcats' victory at Georgia State (Oct. 6) for nabbing a career-high six receptions for 94 yards and a 26-yard touchdown catch. Spears scored two touchdowns and accumulated a career-best 107 yards on three catches in UNH's win at Maine (Oct. 20); he subsequently earned CFPA National TE Performer of the Week Honorable Mention. Off the field, Spears garnered CAA Academic All-Conference Team recognition.
UNH is one of only two programs (Samford) to have returning players on the CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List (Andy Vailas; Bedford, N.H.), the CFPA Running Back Award Watch List (Nico Steriti; Toms River, N.J.), the CFPA Wide Receiver Award List (R.J. Harris; Odenton, Md.) and the Tight End Award List.
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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