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Cookus Named CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year

Cookus Named CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Northern Arizona's Case Cookus earned the 2015 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year, National Freshman Performer of the Year, and Quarterback Award, announced today by the organization. The three awards highlight Cookus' record-breaking year with the Lumberjacks. 

Cookus' freshman campaign was one of the best in FCS history. He broke the long-standing FCS record for the most touchdown passes by a freshman. The previous record was 31 touchdown passes set in 2004. Cookus tallied 37 touchdown passes leading not only all FCS freshmen, but also all of the quarterbacks in the nation. He had the lowest amount of interceptions by any quarterback with 3,000 or more passing yards and led the nation in completion percentage for the majority of the season.

Cookus broke the NAU season records for touchdown passes, completion percentage, and yards per pass attempt
Cookus is the second player to be named the national, quarterback, and freshman honoree in the same year. Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke was the first in 2011.

The last Lumberjack to be recognized by the CFPA was Austin Shanks in 2012 when he received the Punt Returner Award.

The goal of CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
CFPA is in its eighth season of player and team performance recognition, and sixth year recognizing the FCS.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native has earned National Freshman of the Year honors from FCS Awards, STATS LLC, Mickey Charles LLC. (Jerry Rice Award), and College Sports Madness. Cookus has earned All-America honors from the STATS, Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, College Sporting News, and College Sports Madness.

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