CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Northern Arizona's Andy Wilder was selected to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for the 2013 CFPA Placekicker Award. CFPA is the largest awards organization in D-I college football. The preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top individual placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"Congratulations to Andy Wilder on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Wilder gives NAU strength at placekicker for the 2013 season."
Former NAU great Austin Shanks earned the 2012 CFPA Punt Returner Award.
Wilder led the nation in punting in 2012 with an average of 46.3 yards per punt. He also tallied 25 punts of 50 or more yards during the season. For his stellar performance, Wilder was recognized with Walter Camp, Sports Network and College Sports Network All-America first team honors, in addition to Associated Press All-America second team accolades.
Wilder joins Zach Bauman, Tim Wilkinson, and R.J. Rickert who were previously selected to their respective watch lists.
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.