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 National Performer of the Year Watch List, the organization announced Wednesday. Vailas is one of 33 returning CFPA recipients on the list to determine the nation's top player based upon college football's most scientifically rigorous conferments.
In 2012 Vailas, who was tabbed in May to the CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List, played in 11 games, including six starts under center. The Bishop Guertin High School and Phillips Academy product completed 126 passes in 217 attempts for 1,558 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions; he was the team's third-leading rusher with 451 yards on 101 carries (4.5 yards/rush) and six TDs. Vailas 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). The signal caller 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).
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).
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.
The No. 10/8 Wildcats, defending CAA co-champions, open the season at Central Michigan of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) on Saturday, Sept. 7 (3 p.m., ESPN3). UNH takes on defending Patriot League champion Colgate at Cowell Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 12 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.