CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Columbia seniors Hamilton Garner and Paul Delaney have each been selected to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for their respective position, as announced by CollegeFootballPerformance.com.
Garner, a Duluth, Ga. native, is one of 32 returning performers selected to the watch list for tight ends, while Delaney, who hails form Palatine, Ill., was recognized as a punter. Following the 2013 season, College Football Performance will select the top player from each position as the top performer in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A 10-game starter in 2012, Garner finished the season third on the team with 28 catches and 336 receiving yards. As a sophomore, Garner earned All-Ivy League honorable mention honors after reeling in 24 receptions for 339 yards, while also scoring six touchdowns.
Delaney has been the Lions’ starting punter since his sophomore season. In 2011 he boomed eight punts over 50 yards and put 15 inside the 20-yard line. As a junior, Delaney tallied 67 total punts, averaging 39.6 yards per kick. He recorded 10 punts of 50 or more yards, including a 73-yarder.
In 2010, Columbia tight end Andrew Kennedy earned the CFPA Tight End Award after leading the FCS in receptions (50), receiving yards (616) and touchdowns (nine).
All CFPA 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.
The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014. For more information, visit the official CFPA website, CollegeFootballPerformance.com.