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